Confessions of a Singer by Jonathan Michael – Toronto Markham Baptism Birthday Party Classical Singer

As a singer, I’m mainly driven by my love of music. However, I wouldn’t be honest with you if I denied that there is a part of me that is worried about not being able to fulfill my dreams and passion of performing on the big stage for a living. It is something that I think about every day. It is not really the fame that I am chasing, but rather the opportunity to perform on a regular basis. I’m fully aware that you need to love what you do in order to succeed. If that’s all there was to success, I guess I would already be selling out the Air Canada Centre, along with thousands of other singers/artists .  But it is not that simple which is why every day, I continue trying different methods (i.e. recording, social media, networking) in hopes of building an audience for my music.

One thing I’ve learned in this musical journey is that you will come across people who will get you so excited with promises on how they are going to help your career or take you to that next level to only fall completely short and not keep their word. One lesson I’ve learned in life is that you cannot solely rely on others to pursue your dreams. There is no doubt some people will be able to help you along your journey but when it comes to achieving your life goals, this is a something that you have to spearhead on your own.

For musicians, we are actually living in a time where to a certain extent, we are able to control our own careers and call our own shots. The music business has definitely changed with social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram. Whereas before, many artists would rely on A&R reps from record labels to discover them and radio stations to play their music, the availability of social media and cell phones has put musicians and artists in the driving seat with the ability of being able to showcase their music to the world with the click of a button.  Independent artists are now able to call their own shots, develop their own branding and make a living by selling their own music and cutting out the “middle man”.

Despite being in the driving seat, there are still challenges. There are so many great musicians out there. Further social media deals with content overload and saturation so how do you cut through all of the noise and stand out and be noticed? I really wish that I had the answer to that. However, I do know that if I am able to continue to produce quality content, be consistent, patient and have faith that I will eventually reach m y goals and get to where I want to be as a singer. Patience is especially important because what we individually define as success is not something that happens overnight or according to our timing. Also, we should not forget to enjoy the musical journey because at the end of the day, if we love making music and are able to perform or make recordings to share with the world, to a certain extent, we’re still living the dream.

All I know is that if I am able to accomplish my goals as a singer, I will gladly share all my tips and strategies with as many people as I can share.  At the end of the day, I am not in competition with anyone as I would like us all to succeed.

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