Talent shows and artist development
Talent shows are a strong way to encourage artist development or 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.
Artist development for musicians
Singers can use talent shows as a way of achieving artist development, gaining more experience in the music industry and performing on stage. Without any experience, it’s difficult for a singer to gauge which songs work well for an audience and which don’t. 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. Talent shows help to gain experience due to the volume of people you’re potentially performing for.
Receive constructive feedback
One of the strongest ways to encourage artist development 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.
When acts get to the level where they really impress, they will then start to be asked to perform at other gigs and events, which are great opportunities for further exposure. Lucy Spraggan, for example, was asked by several festivals to perform as a result of her Open Mic UK show performances. She used this as a way to improve her artist development.
Building your fan base
Performing well and impressing within a talent show will help build your fan base. Audience members will take your details and find you on the internet; so make sure you are easy to find on the internet! One of the most important aspects of artist development is to be searchable on the internet, as that’s the common tool used to find artists.
A talent show is often a chance for industry professionals to see you performing and hear your voice. Talent shows are becoming more and more popular, people running the shows have had the opportunity to invite industry professionals to judge for the shows. 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.