GETTING AN AGENT AND/OR MANAGER ...
One of the most predictable questions asked of me,
by youngsters–and some not so youngsters–who would
like to move, from fledgling singer/performer, to
someone regarded as possessing the requisite vocal
bona fides, that would entice an agent/manager into
signing them on. This is most desirable so that so
that the singer has someone with an ear to the
showbiz ground–granted, it’s hard to work in that
position–who ostensibly will search through the
professional “Trades” and find audition
opportunities consistent with your type and talent.
More than likely, in the best of circumstances,
they’ll call you at 11:35 PM and give you your 10:00
AM time, for the following morning ... after they
have checked out everyone else first. In the main, I
have a very low opinion of agents/managers as, in my
experience, most of them are failed actors who, like
water, seek their own level. But ... you can’t
really go anywhere without someone talking for you.
The quick answer is to get a job/venue ... and invite
agents/managers to see you in action. The “Catch 22” is
that you usually can’t find/get a venue, that an agent
will attend ...without having an agent! Soooo ... what
you must do is get out to every performance of all kinds
of musical events and “mingle,” there are other
performers at a lot of these places and they tell you
where to go, the “Open Mike” places. My buddy Seth Riggs
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Get out and sing, sing, sing. In my day, it was Piano
Bars. I would go to any one in town with my music and
always was asked to sing at least three songs. One
night, I sang “Unchained Melody” and was sent a drink by
a patron, at the Buggy Whip, in Westchester, sound of L.
A., with a request I sing it again. I did and the three
folk at the table applauded. As they left, one fella
passed by with a big smile and a compliment, shook my
hand, while pressing ten dollars in my hand, a big deal
for an engineering student cum singer. After he left,
the pianist asked, “You know who that was, don’t you?” I
professed my ignorance and he said, “He wrote the
piece!” The message here? You never, oh never know who’s
there and who’s listening. Never, oh never drink when
you sing ... you always want to be at your best, with
you “wit” about you ...
How I got my first agent ... in a few days ...
- HEAVY BREATHING ADVISED FOR JOCKS
THE VAGARIES OF
AUDITIONS AND AUDITIONING (Part 3)
THE VAGARIES OF AUDITIONS AND
AUDITIONING (Part 2)
THE VAGARIES OF AUDITIONS AND AUDITIONING
- ABSENCE OF TENSION
THE FLAT TONGUE TECHNIQUE AND HOW DO YOU
MAKE A VOWEL
THE VOICE COACHING THAT MADE MY
- WHAT ARE YOU SINGING?
KILL A COLD IN FIVE DAYS
- A BIT MORE
- MORE SUPPORT