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Musicians and Singers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Musicians and Singers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | What are the chances of making your big break in today's society? | Scoop.it
Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.
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        While a singing career would be a lot of fun, in all actuality it is a career, with requirements, statistics, and yes a paycheck. When it comes to education, in order to be a professional singer you need to have a high school diploma (at least) or equivilant. Unlike other jobs, you don't ne airily need pre-job experience, but you do need to know what your doing. According to the Bureau of Labor, in 2012 only 5 percent of performers made up the working communty, this is smaller then average due to the large ratio of 'digital downloads'. Though that number is small, the pay check is rather larger, being 23 dollars an hour, not too bad? In 2012 there were 167,400 performing jobs in the US, each job varies from clubs, to concert halls. Ether way this career has many benefits, which also requires commitments, so make sure you know what your getting into!

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Frances Barranco's comment, April 2, 2014 8:02 PM
Since having successful job the performing arts is partially based on luck and timing, do you think that the government wants aspiring performers to have a fall back plan with their educational degree? I think having high school diploma at least is a good idea because it gives the artist a chance of applying for a decent job if his/her performing career does not take flight immediately, and I would think most aspiring artists would have another job, for example waiter or waitress, apart from their performances since they need to support themselves between gigs and interviews. What are the types of jobs to artists take up to support themselves?
Siobhan Kiernan's comment, April 3, 2014 3:13 PM
Very simple jobs, including waitressing, and retail stores. It also depends on the person and there situation, if there singing career is sold, then the other job is probably very slight. While someone who has a very on and off career will need a more full time job.
Caroline Vinci's comment, April 3, 2014 10:24 PM
Honestly I think that the risk in pursuing a career in acting or professional singing is a bad investment. Because if you think about it all of the money you would spend on school and "pre job experience" would not be worth the risk of having no job for a very long time. And then what happens after your songs become unpopular, if they become popular at all. How will you support yourself when you have no further income. And no to mention how many people spend their entire lives waiting for their "big break" that never comes: how can you insure that you will become famous at all.
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The Boston Conservatory | Music, Dance, Theater

The Boston Conservatory | Music, Dance, Theater | What are the chances of making your big break in today's society? | Scoop.it
A private college offering undergraduate programs in music performance, education and composition, dance and musical theater. Graduate and diploma programs.
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    For those of you who are looking into making your singing career, it would be a good idea to get a degree in the field. In that case, 'The Boston Conservatory' is the school for you! This college is designed as a performance school, where students are trained and prepared for which ever performance career they choose. The conservator's music program is small, and designed to challenge your music experiences. This school allows a number of performance opportunities including solos, opera scenes, choirs, Ect. Those who learn, and graduate from this school have gone on to sing with chiors such as : The Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Handel and Hayden Society and many more. By attending this college, your musical career is sealed. In order to attend this school, not only is there an application, but there is an audition process as well, but in the end the work will pay off. By having such a competitive school on your performers resume, your chances improve, and allow you to stand out in the field when searching for work.

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How To Become A Famous Singer In 6 Steps - Music Industry How To

How To Become A Famous Singer In 6 Steps - Music Industry How To | What are the chances of making your big break in today's society? | Scoop.it
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     In today's society finding a job is hard enough, especially when the field is 'performing arts', singing to be exact. Though many say it is impossible others would say other wise. In the Article "How to Become a Famous Singer in 6 Steps", we read a guide that could make your chances 'better'. The first three steps, explain the main things needed, and what you need to understand in order to jump start your career. In Step 1, it explains that fame won't just occur over night, and that you must build your way up. Step 2 is all about what makes you special, what makes you unique and stand out? Find that, and it'll be your selling point. Step 3 involves all the financial issues of getting your name known. You need to be marketed, or have someone market you. By following these steps, not only do your chances improve, but you have a better view of what your getting into.

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Samantha O'Donoghue's comment, April 4, 2014 8:03 AM
<br>Overall, this is really nicely done. I love to sing also and am really interested in becoming a professional singer one day. I especially liked your insight about how to become a famous singer in 6 steps. I think you could have explained a little bit more about the steps, but other than that, it was great. I agree with you when you say that it is hard to be involved in the singing industry. I didn't know that you had to have a high school diploma in order to professionally sing, so I learned something. You did a great job!
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Kelly Clarkson Biography

Kelly Clarkson Biography | What are the chances of making your big break in today's society? | Scoop.it
Kelly Clarkson has never looked back after her show-stopping performance on American Idol. Learn more about the woman behind the hits, at Biography.com.
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Though the chances of making it big in the music industry are small, it isn't impossible! Singer song writer Kelly Cladkson got her big break after winning the compition show "American Idol", in 2002. Before her big win, she was an average everyday person with a passion for singing. She was born and raised in Texas, but later moved to Los Angeles. From there, a friend told her about the new singing compition show, now known as "American Idol", and she later auditioned. Clarkson, went into that audition with the same chances as everyone else. She was one individual out of ten thousand, and she made it. After her win, her first single "A Moment Like This" jumped to number 1 on the Billboards, and she continues to be successful. She is a great example of why you should never say never, and keep climbing till you reach the top.

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Ita Tannian's comment, April 3, 2014 6:14 PM
I never knew Kelly Clarkson was on American Idol. It is insane how one out of ten thousand win. It is hard enough to become a singer but to beat ten thousand other talented people is a great accomplishment. It is a tough world for singer/songwriters and it is only getting harder. I think she is a great role model and showed her true potential. To hit number one on the billboard soon after winnig is also a great accomplishment for Kelly. She is truly an amazing performer and singer.
Sander Parson's comment, April 4, 2014 6:34 AM
This article is a great combination of biographical material, with a little bit of your personal commentary at the end. It’s quite amazing that someone like Kelly Clarkson could gain so much success in such a short period of time. Do you think that she would have been able to gain the same success without American Idol? I would have loved to have heard a little more of your voice in the article, but overall I feel that it has helped me get to know a singer that I previously hadn’t heard of and the article is good at being factual and engaging. Additionally, I like that the first line really links this scoop to your topic.
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American Idol

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Don't Miss American Idol XIII - The Search For A Superstar Wednesdays at 8/7c and Thursdays at 9/8c on FOX! Visit AmericanIdol.com for exclusive videos, photos, news articles and more
Siobhan Kiernan's insight:
We're all aware of those talent and singing shows that flood our cable networks. One of which is "American Idol", a singing compition show that was founded by Simon Cowel, and first aired in 2002. Getting a career in singing is hard enough, but this show has given young singers of today a chance to have there big break. This compition takes place over a series of weeks, and involves a series of singing challenges, where judges, and fans at home vote for who they want to stay on. In the end there is one winner who recieves a major recording contract. Many stars that are known today got there big break from 'American Idol', singers including- Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, David Archuletta Ect. This show has provided a way for young talents to make there mark in the spotlight, and have reached there goal with a singing career.
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Lekem Amsal's comment, April 3, 2014 6:03 PM
I think American Idol is a great way to get famous and many people have gotten their big break because of it. It has made an impact in a number of lives, as Kiernan has mentioned. The show has many seasons of wonderful talent, and although i have only watched a couple episodes, i found it to be full of opportunities. Not only is it the judges but the people as well. Making it into the music industry can be/is very tough and challenging, but if you want it you will make it happen
Sofia Zalaquett's comment, April 3, 2014 6:49 PM
I liked the way you wrote about American idol by explaining perfectly what it is, so if there is people that don’t know what American Idol is, I think your summary explains it very clearly. I agree with you that American Idol has opened doors to a lot of teenager or even adults like Susan Boyle that want to have the chance of there big break. Because many times people with talents don’t have enough money or resources to make their singer's dreams possible. And of course, the entertainment this show produces is huge, so the creation of this successful show is amazing because it is not just another TV program, it is a program that helps people to achieve their dreams and fight for them.