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How to be a singer: 12 skills you need

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I had a dream.
I wanted to be a singer.
I didn’t tell a single soul.

At seventeen, after school – the Canisius College in Nijmegen – on a beautiful spring day while comfortably leaning against a fence, I confessed my wish to my friend Alice in a rare moment of truthfulness. She didn’t even blink at my confession, but she knew a guy who was a vocal coach and told me to give him a ring.

I almost died, but I did make that call. Jack asked me to come to his studio for a first meeting. I thought we were just going to talk. Instead, he invited me to sing. I nearly fainted.

In total embarrassment, I whispered a few song lines.

Thankfully, after one year I had booked quite some progress and Jack encouraged me in a way that I’ll never forget: “Why don’t you become a singer?”

If you find yourself dreaming about the same magical thing and if you are asking yourself what skills you need to be a (professional) singer, here is a list of qualities that come in handy for you.

I hope this list helps you to shed some lights on the talents you need to have or ones that you might want to develop when you want to be a (professional) singer. Enjoy the ride!

With love,
Ilse Huizinga

About the Author:

Ilse Huizinga is a jazz vocalist from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Listed in Scott Janow's “The jazz singers, the ultimate guide” as one of the 500 best jazz singers of all times.
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