First, let’s talk about this idea of a “big break.” Because that’s what these singing competitions promise — a ton of exposure and long-term success to the winner of the contest.
But is this idea all it’s cracked up to be?
Here’s what I think: making a living as a singer or musician requires hard work. It requires you to show up every day, practice, and get your name out there. Little by little.
Today’s music industry is much less about getting signed to a big label and way more about living the DIY musician lifestyle. Yes, record labels are still signing artists, but they’re also dropping them at an astounding rate.
According to music business veteran Moses Avalon, 99% of artists signed to a major record label don’t even get to release their first album because they’ve been dropped or shelved. Only about 0.2% of signed artists stay signed and fulfill their contracts.
So don’t put all your eggs in one basket (like a singing competition). Even if you win The Voice or America’s Got Talent and get a record deal, that’s not a guarantee of success.
What will get you to reach your picture of success is working hard. Build a career yourself, don’t let someone else control it.
All that aside, I’m not saying you shouldn’t compete in a singing contest. You should. I’m just saying don’t base your entire music career on a singing contest.