Become a Professional Singer - How To Get Paid To Sing
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All you need is a Laptop computer, some talent, and the knowledge of how to get BOOKED as a professional singer!
4.8 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Rick Bell
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start your new career as a professional singer right now by learning how to take your talent to the professional level.
  • It is not a lack of talent that holds most people back when it comes to music, it's a lack of knowledge.
  • You don't need a band or a record deal to earn a good living as a singer - I know because I've done it.
  • The insider information in this course can give a talented person the crucial knowledge they must have to break into the entertainment business.
  • You will know more about the Entertainment business by the time you finish this course, than 95% of the professional musicians and singers out there.
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  • All you need to take this course is a basic understanding of how to use a computer, some headphones and a microphone.
  • If you decide to start your entertainment business, which is a very profitable business by the way, you will obviously need a sound system and a few more things, all of which are clearly detailed in this course.

If you are a singer who has ever thought of quitting your day job and earning a living by taking your talent to the next level, this course is for you. The Karaoke 2 Pro Udemy Course is a treasure chest of information you won't find anywhere else about how to build a successful career as a part time or full time solo performer.

My name is "Rockin" Rick Bell and I can teach you everything you need to know to have a long and successful career as a solo singer and entertainer. This course teaches you what it took me 25 years to figure out the hard way!

I am a full time successful solo entertainer and I've won multiple awards for everything from songwriting to "Best Band of the Year" so I know exactly what I'm talking about.

In 1999 I began developing a solo music career instead of the "band thing" I had always done because frankly, I was tired of all the drama and sobriety issues that come with a band! I began studying the top solo performers in Las Vegas and soon discovered they all performed with "track" music instead of a live band. This one revelation changed my performance career forever, and I'm going to teach you EXACTLY how to build a library of track songs so you'll never again need a band to perform.

I know what I'm talking about because as I am writing this, I am actually sitting in my dressing room at the State Fair of Texas, where I have been a featured daily solo music performer for the entire 24 days of the State Fair of Texas every year since 2012. The State Fair is a BIG time paid gig, and I have been hired here 4 years in a row for one reason only; because my act - singing and playing guitar along with prerecorded track music - is one of the best in the business!

I have learned how to "break in" to the big gigs and what you must have in order to do so. This course will give you backstage access to secrets I've never shared before, and show you how to do exactly what I've done in your own way, using your own talents.

As someone who had to learn this the hard way, I can tell you without reservation that the information inside this course is potentially worth more than 100 times what you will pay for it! If you believe in yourself and your talent, I encourage to dive in. Remember, it's not a lack of talent that holds most people back, it's a lack of knowledge.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you enjoy singing, you should take this course.
  • If you've ever been told that you are a really good singer and you should do something with it, you should take this course.
  • If you've ever dreamed of getting paid to use your talent, you should take this course.
  • If you are interested in starting a part time business as a solo entertainer, you should take this course.
  • If you can sing and you are ready for a career change in your life, you should take this course.
  • If you hate your day job and are ready to find another way to earn money, you should take this course.
  • If you are looking for a way to get rich quick in the music business, this course is not for you.
  • If you love music with a passion and would rather sing than just about anything else, this course is definitely for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Basic Building Blocks of a Singing Career
13 Lectures 01:28:55

This section will give you the nuts and bolts of how to use this course and how to get the most out of it.

Preview 07:20

Track music is pre-recorded music that a singer sings along with. This lecture explains why building an act using track music is much better than building an act around a band.

Tracks vs. Bands: Why Tracks Are Better

Learn how to combine live performance with DJing to get gigs that everyone wants.

The Secret Weapon: Combining Live Performance With DJ Entertainment

Here is a handy list of the Top 200 DJ Songs for you to download and use as a reference when playing gigs.

Top 200 Most Requested DJ Songs
6 pages

MIDI music is computer created music. This basic introduction to MIDI will give you the nuts and bolts of what MIDI is and how it is used in professional music creation.

Understanding MIDI Music

There are 3 main types of gigs a professional entertainer is hired to play. This lecture explains what those 3 types of gigs are and the difference between them.

The 3 Types of Gigs

The songs you choose to perform live will define the success of your act. There are certain dance and party songs you MUST have on live your play list, and this lecture tells you what they are.

Building a Great Song Playlist

This lecture shows you how to get around in ITunes and get your first songs downloaded.

Finding Karaoke Songs In ITunes

Learning to speak the language of the "sound person" running the mixing board is something you will need when you start getting booked at bigger venues and concerts.

Sound Pro Definitions

Here is the lecture that explains the basic stuff you need to get started in your rehearsal room building your professional act.

Performance Tools You Need to Get Started

This lecture takes the mystery out of mixing boards and explains what they do and how to adjust them to get the best sound possible.

Understanding Your Mixing Board

Learn how to mix your show to make it sound like you are singing in a recording studio each time you perform live.

How to Mix Your Audio to Make Your Show Sound Great

One of the biggest differences between amateurs and professional entertainers is how they rehearse. Learn how to rehearse like the pros do in this interesting lecture.

How to Rehearse Like The Pros
Putting Your Act Together
7 Lectures 43:41

Blending live music with DJ music will make your act one of the most unique acts in your market! Learn how to do it right with this informative lecture.

How to Blend DJ Music With Live Performance

Crossfading is the term used to describe one song fading out while another song fades in. Learn everything you need to know about Crossfading your music in this lecture.

DJ Crossfading In ITunes

Making it in the professional entertainment field has much more to do with your knowledge than it has to do with your talent. Most people working as entertainers are talented, but very few have the knowledge they need to really do something with their talent. This lecture exposes 5 Do's and Don'ts every professional entertainer should be aware of.

Preview 06:13

One of the most successful and career changing concepts I ever developed was a rolling cart that contains my sound system, computer, lights, and an on-board electric generator so I can be a totally "mobile" rolling entertainment act at fairs and festivals. Learn how I did it in this unique lecture.

My Custom Rockin' & Rolling Performance Cart

Now that you've learned the important information you need to build your act and you've rehearsed like a pro, it's time to get your sound system setup so you can begin to book professional gigs. This lecture shows you exactly what you need.

The Sound System You Need to Start Gigging

How you set your stage up is important to your overall sound. This lecture will show you exactly where to place your equipment for the best results, and most importantly where to place your speakers.

Setting Your Stage Up - Where to Put the Speakers

This is a downloadable stage plot you can send to sound technicians asking you for a stage plot. This is a setup for one speaker stack behind you. You can add as many additional speakers as you want to this set-up, but put them off to the side of you and only leave the one speaker behind you. The side speakers can be turned up in volume to cover more area, but the speaker behind you must stay at a controlled volume so as not to feed back.

Download - Stage Plot Diagram
1 page
Booking Gigs - Where The Gigs Are and How to Book Them
17 Lectures 01:33:11

Now that you've learned how to "Build an Act" to be bookable, it's time to get into the basics of booking. This lecture will give you an introduction and overview of several markets that hire live entertainment. More detailed lectures on each one of these "Gig" markets will also be included in this course.

Preview 04:57

Do you need a booking agent? This revealing video will tell you how the sometimes shady world of booking agents really works.

Booking Agents - How That Really Works

Booking your act in clubs can get you seen by lots of people who will book you for private parties, weddings, and high paying corporate events. The video shows you how to approach club owners and what you need to know going in.

Gigging - The Club Market

Fairs and Festivals offer great opportunities for music acts to perform. This video will take you behind the scenes of that industry and what they are looking for when it comes to booking talent.

Gigging - Fairs and Festivals

Joining festival management associations can be a great networking tool for independent performers who want to play fairs and festivals. This video explains the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA).

Joining Trade Organizations to Get Bookings

Here is a sample of the type of promo flier I create to take to club owners when I pitch my act to them. You can use the flier to get some ideas for your design. I recommend having a graphic artist do the layout for you if you don't do that kind of stuff yourself. Notice the fun, action themed feel of the flier. You want to sell fun.

Sample Promo Flier I Use to Book Clubs
1 page

This video explains how to use the online basic info request sample I have included with this course.

Online Form #1 - Basic Info Request From a Potential Client

This is a sample of the basic information form I have potential clients fill out when they are interested in booking my entertainment for an event.

This form is filled out online directly from my website and sent to my email inbox. Online forms like this one are without a doubt one of the most powerful tools you can use when it comes to booking gigs.

Download - Gig Information Request Form 1
3 pages

Wedding entertainment can be one of the most lucrative performance markets you can play as a solo entertainer and DJ. This informative section will show you how wedding reception gigs are done.

Gigging - Weddings

One of the most powerful tools you can have for booking weddings is forms that make you look like a pro. This is the "Preliminary Wedding Information Form" I ask potential clients to fill out on my website. This video explains how you can use the same form by building your own in

How to Book a Wedding Online - First Info Request Form

This is a sample of the preliminary wedding information form I have potential clients fill out when they are interested in booking my entertainment for a wedding.

They fill out a second, more detailed form after the wedding is booked.

This form is filled out online directly from my website and sent to my email inbox. Online forms like this one are without a doubt one of the most powerful tools you can use when it comes to booking gigs.

Download - Wedding Gig Info Request Form 1
3 pages

This video lecture explains what you need to ask the wedding planner and why. The information you will gain in this online form will guide you on the day of the day of the wedding.

Wedding Detail Form Explanation - What You Need to Ask and Why

This is a sample of the "Wedding Details" form I have brides fill out when they have booked me with a deposit to play their wedding.

Notice the song request area for the "First Dance" and "Father/Daughter" "Mother/Son" dances, and all the other special things like cake cutting and garter toss.

This form is filled out online directly from my website and sent to my email inbox. Online forms like this one are without a doubt one of the most powerful tools you can use when it comes to booking gigs.

Download - Wedding Detail Info Form
5 pages

This is a sample of the actual booking contract I have used for years to book gigs. It's simple and straightforward, and it's only one page - which is important for buyers at the corporate level - I'll explain why in the video.

Download - Sample Gig Performance Contract
1 page

Here is a blank contract you can feel free to download and use if you want, or you can use it to create your own contract in Microsoft Word, or whatever program you use.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer and I do not present this contract as a legal binding contract. I have never intended to sue anyone over a performance contract so I use this contract as more of a "Guidelines" sheet that outlines what I am going to provide the buyer and how much they are going to pay me.

If you want a legal binding contract you can take this sample to your attorney and let them craft you one.

Download - Contract Blank You Can Use
1 page

This is a handy "cheat sheet" you can use to tell you what announcements you need to make at a club gig. You can have some of these printed on card stock. You can print them 2 to a page and cut the pages in half so you get 2 cards from each page.

When you get to the gigs, have staff at the clubs where you perform fill out the cards with specials, birthday parties that night, and any other events they are aware of.

Download - Club Gig Performance Que Sheet
1 page

This handy Que sheet will tell you everything you need to know about performing for a corporate event. Have the person who booked you for the event, usually someone from the Human Resources department, fill out this Que sheet at the event before the event starts, or even better in advance before the day of the event.

Download - Corporate Event Que Sheet
1 page
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 18:46

This is a bonus video that will help teach you the basics of finding your singing key on a piano.

Finding Your Singing Key On Piano

Finding the key of a song is an important step most singers have no clue how to do. This video will take you step-by-step through a simple process to find the key of the songs you want to sing using a guitar.

What Key Is This Song In?
1 Lecture 02:09

Now that you have the information you need to take your talent to the next level, it's time to get to work! This course will continue to be a "work in progress" with new material being added as time goes by. Please feel free to contact me through Udemy with any questions or clarifications you may need. Also, feel free to contact me about having your song or video projects recorded in my online, or about helping you create a promo package that sells.

Getting On The Road - Final Thoughts
About the Instructor
Rick Bell
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The Gig Coach - Helping You Turn Your Talent Into a Career

I am a professional entertainer who also happens to be a veteran writer and public speaker. My entertainment career has taken me to some of the biggest stages in show business, and my writing and speaking career has taken me across the United States several times over.

I've seen the entertainment business form just about every vantage point a person can, and my goal is to spare newcomers the heartache and hard roads that lie ahead of them if they aren't prepared with the knowledge they need.

I have a unique solo music performance method I spent years developing that allows me to entertain crowds of any size with a one man show. My system is so unique that other entertainers call me "The Gig Coach" and ask me to teach them some of my techniques. I've won awards for Song Writing from the Southern Songwriters Guild, I've won Addy Awards for jingles I've written and recorded, I've been voted "Male Vocalist of the Year", and the one I'm proudest of is being voted "Entertainer of the Year".

My entertainment credentials speak for themselves, and I want to teach you the things I had to learn the hard way!