Advice for independent artists: How talent shows develop new artists

Talent Shows

Open Mic UK gives advice on how talent shows can help singers develop.

Many singers choose to enter talent shows as a way of getting noticed in the industry or for exposure to a wider audience. They can be a strong way to develop as a singer; here are some benefits of entering a talent show.

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  • Performance Experience

Singers can use talent shows as a way of gaining more experience in the music industry and performing on stage. Performance experience is an invaluable skill to have as a singer as it can often be a way of getting recognised by a wider audience.

  • Receive Constructive Feedback

One of the strongest ways to develop as a singer is to know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong; this is where talent shows can be really useful. During the process of a talent show singers are given feedback on how the performance went. Singers can use this feedback to work on their performance and their vocals. It’s wise to take this feedback on board as the judges will have experience and knowledge in the industry.

  • Opportunities

When acts get to the level that they really impress they will then start to be asked to perform at other gigs and events, which are great opportunities for further exposure.

  • Building Your Fan Base

Performing well and impressing within a talent show will help build your fan base.

  • Industry Exposure

A talent show is often a chance for industry professionals to see you performing and hear your voice. It may only take an A&R from a record label to see a singer perform to want to learn more about them. Sometimes all it takes is the right person to attend a singing competition or talent show to give you the opportunity to become a success in the music industry.

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