Segments in this Video

Singers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:09)


M'Balia Singley makes music for a living.

Singers: Career Beginnings (01:04)

As a child Singley took piano lessons, studied guitar and cello, and had voice lessons. Music was a big part of Singley’s family life.

Singers: Keys for Success (01:32)

It takes nerves of steel and the ability to self-start to be a singer. You also need to stick to it and believe that your calling is something you can follow.

Singers: Education and Certification Requirements (02:32)

The genre of music you choose to work in dictates the canon of songs you should sing. Singley is a part of the Screen Actors Guild and recommends others should join.

Singers: Workplace Atmosphere (03:17)

Singley uses her home dining room as a studio. There is traveling involved in the singing industry.

Singers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (04:38)

Singley would encourage people to enter the industry early on because transitioning is difficult. It is helpful for singers to learn to read and write music.

Singers: Day on the Job (04:42)

Singley prefers to do her administrative business in the morning by checking emails. Next she interacts on the phone with other artists before warming up to practice.

Singers: Industry Goals and Services (02:12)

The goal of the music industry is to entertain, educate, and communicate. As Singley gets older she sees her music more like story telling.

Singers: Industry Challenges (02:54)

The biggest challenge in the music industry is people who do not want to pay for music. Songs play in elevators, stores, cars, and doctor's offices.

Singers: Looking at the Future (01:48)

There is the ability to use your phone to record an entire album. There will always be music being created, recorded and disseminated.

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Singers—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a singer? In this Career Q&A video interview, M'Balia Singley talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success as a professional singer. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL138552

ISBN: 978-1-64023-627-1

Copyright date: ©2017

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