How to Use Your Singing Talent

Five Methods:Joining Choral GroupsParticipating in Community EventsBuskingEntering Talent CompetitionsCreating a Social Media Presence

Singing has been a traditional form of entertainment for thousands of years. Today, there are a variety of ways in which someone can utilize singing talent. Ranging from small community events to publicized talent shows, you can put yourself out there to get your voice heard.

Method 1
Joining Choral Groups

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    Research choral groups in your community. Doing a quick online search or browsing your local newspaper should give you enough information about whether such groups exist. You can look for the following:
    • Middle and/or high school choirs
    • Collegiate choirs
    • Church choirs
    • A Capella groups
    • Barbershop quartets
    • Community choirs
    • Service-based choirs[1]
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    Contact the leader or appointed press member of the group about joining. If you want to join the group, you will need to find out what you will need to do so. You will likely have to audition, and you might have to pay membership fees or meet certain eligibility requirements.
    • For example, for middle school, high school, and collegiate choirs, the participants in those need to be students at those schools. Another example would be that in order to join a church choir, you have to be a member of that church's congregation.
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    Prepare for your audition, if necessary. Some choirs only ask candidates to do a voice placement in order to join so that the teacher or conductor knows in which voice part you belong. Others will have you do an audition, for which you will need to prepare.
    • You may be asked to prepare your own song, in which you should practice a song you like or come up with your own original song. Or, you might be provided with the song, and you will then have to learn it for your voice part.
    • Voice parts include, generally speaking, soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass. Women usually sing soprano, mezzo-soprano, and alto, while men usually sing tenor, baritone, and bass. However, there is flexibility if a singer has a large range.
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    Complete your audition or voice placement. Arrive to your audition early, and make sure you are prepared.
    • Be sure to warm up beforehand so that your vocal chords are ready.

Method 2
Participating in Community Events

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    Learn about community events that involve singing. This could include a variety of different events, so be sure to keep up with local news sources about upcoming events in which you could participate.
    • Middle or high school musicals
    • Collegiate musicals
    • Community theater
    • Local bands
    • Community pageants
    • Karaoke nights
    • State or county fairs
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    Follow the instructions for auditioning or participating. Not all of the events listed in Step 1 will require an audition, but you should get all of the information you can about what you need to do to join or participate.
    • Write down any audition dates or meetings on your calendar.
    • Prepare a song to sing for your audition, if necessary. Practice it daily.
    • Know any requirements that need to be met in order to join, such as being a student at the school or being above a certain age.
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    Research where you might be performing and the type of audience you will have. Attending a karaoke night is quite different from having a role in a musical. While you are preparing, make sure you are aware of the audience that you will have so that you can perform to that audience.
    • Learn about the style of music that the local band plays or the era in which the musical takes place. This will help you to understand what kind of performance you will need put on in your audition, if necessary, and how to cater to the wants and needs of the audition committee.
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    Perform your audition, if necessary, or sign up for the event. Once you feel you have researched the event or band well enough, you need to complete the audition or sign up for it.
    • If you have to audition, be sure to arrive early and warm up beforehand.
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    Complete your participation in the event. Upon your acceptance into the event, you will need to perform your role. Be sure to practice, attend rehearsals, if necessary, and do your best.

Method 3

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    Understand what busking is. Busking is the act of performing on the street or in a public place, usually by singing, dancing, or reciting something.[2]
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    Find somewhere that you can legally busk. Be sure to research your city's laws on busking. Generally, busking should be permitted in any public place where other forms of free of speech are permitted, but your city might require special permits or permissions.[3]
    • Obtain any necessary permits with enough time in advance so that you do not run into legal trouble on the day you choose to busk.
    • Also look into Performing Rights, which might be required in some countries.[4] Performing Rights indicate that you have permission to perform music publicly.
    • It is also considered appropriate etiquette to choose a location away from other buskers.[5]
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    Choose an appropriate time of day to busk. Typically, busking is not recommended in the morning, as people are less willing to notice or donate money, if that is something you are seeking. However, you can do well later in the day, especially if you choose evening commute times or choose somewhere highly populated.
    • Daytime, or at least during daylight hours, is most recommended for safety reasons.[6]
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    Gather what you need for your street performance. If you play an instrument and sing, then make sure you have everything you need for your instrument to work and be heard.
    • For example, you will likely need to bring an amplifier for an electric instrument, which means you will also need to find a location to busk that has access to power outlets.
    • Other supplies might include a microphone, a bucket for gathering donations, extra clothes for weather precautions, and any permits that you need to show to law enforcement proving you have permission to busk.
    • Be sure that you allowed to use amplification in your chosen location.[7]
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    Set up for your busk. Once you have reached your location, set yourself up. You may not have much to set up, but be sure to keep your possessions near you.
    • If you are collecting donations, be sure to periodically collect money from your collection bin and hide it somewhere safe.[8]
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    Perform your busk. Once you are all set up in your chosen spot, there is nothing left to do but to start performing. Here are a few last tips for successful busking:[9]
    • Thank every donor, if you are collecting money.
    • Be considerate with the volume, if you are using amplification.
    • Have an adult with you, if you are a minor.

Method 4
Entering Talent Competitions

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    Find out about talent competitions in your area. Talent competitions are not common, but they do happen from time-to-time in most communities. Check local news sources for information about a talent competition that might be coming up.
    • Area schools often have talent shows, if you are a student. Talent shows are also sometimes held as part of community events, such as fairs.
    • You can also look for televised talent shows, such as American Idol, America's Got Talent, X-Factor, The Voice, and Britain's Got Talent, to name a few. Oftentimes, these televised talent shows hold auditions in a variety of cities in the country in which they are filmed.
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    Learn what the requirements are for entering the talent show. You may be asked to submit an application, audition your talent, and/or meet certain requirements in order to enter. Be sure you know what you have to do to enter.[10]
    • Mark any dates for auditions on your calendar so that you do not miss them.
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    Prepare your audition, if one is necessary. Be sure to take time to choose the song you want to perform, learn the appropriate voice part for it, and practice it daily.
    • If you will need accompaniment for your audition and/or your performance at the competition, then be sure to regularly practice with that accompaniment, whether it be piano, guitar, or another instrument.
    • For televised talent shows, it is recommended to audition with a cover song, rather than an original song.[11]
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    Practice your performance to prepare for the competition. Once you audition, and assuming that you are accepted, take time daily to practice. You may be performing the same song for the competition, or you may be selecting a different one. Either way, you need to practice.
    • Again, be sure to practice with accompaniment if you are using it.
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    Perform your song at the competition. When the time comes, perform your song with confidence for your audience. Give it your best!

Method 5
Creating a Social Media Presence

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    Decide which social media platform(s) will best suit your needs. Typically, for singing most people choose YouTube to perform covers and original songs. However, there are other options, as well:[12]
    • Vine
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • iTunes
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    Create an account on your chosen social media platform with a username that suits you. Your username could be your real name, or it could be a stage or band name, if that is how you would like to become known.
    • Make sure your account is public so that people can see it. This will also help when you use tags or hashtags that people search.
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    Obtain a video recording device. Many laptops today come equipped with webcams, so you could use that, if you own a laptop. You can also buy webcams to install on desktop computers.
    • Other options include setting up a tripod with a camcorder on it or having someone record you with a camcorder or smartphone.
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    Begin recording your songs. You can perform covers of songs you like, or you can write and perform your own original songs.
    • You will also need to decide if you want to sing a capella or if you want instrumental background music. If you want background music, you will need to decide how to make that happen. Play guitar, piano, or another instrument yourself, or use karaoke versions of songs (i.e. only the instrumental with no lyrics). Be sure to get the appropriate permission to use any instrumental music in the background of your videos.
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    Edit your videos before sharing them online. This does require some skill in video editing. If you make a mistake, it would be best to edit it out before sharing your video on your social media account.
    • You could also consider doing several takes of the video until you get one with which you are happy.
    • Consider adding credits at the end of the video to highlight your own work and/or to acknowledge others who helped you record or accompany your singing.
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    Post your videos on your account. Once you are satisfied with your videos, share them on your social media account. You can use popular tags or hashtags so that your video comes up in searches, and you can share them to other social media platforms to get more views.


  • Have confidence whenever you are performing. Your audience will find you more relatable and entertaining when you are confident about what you are doing.


  • Avoid pushing yourself to reach unnatural notes or pitches, as you could damage or strain your vocal chords.
  • Be wary of certain foods and beverages prior to singing, such as dairy, soda, alcohol, and chocolate. These can all have various detrimental effects on your singing ability.[13]

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