How to be a singer: 12 skills you need

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, thus, every day she rides her bike on wooden shoes through fields of tulips and windmills while eating Gouda cheese and drinking Heineken. Ilse loves vocal jazz, photography and travel. Ilse is listed in “The jazz singers, the ultimate guide” as one of the 500 best jazz singers of all times. Yet, she somehow manages to do her own grocery shopping! Besides performing and recording, Ilse coaches jazz singers around the world. If chasing her is a bit too much for you, and you'd still like access to all of her knowledge and experience, check out her Jazz Singers Academy.
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