Be A Part
Are you a session singer? Ever wanted to do session singing? Ever wanted to be a part of a recording? A film?
Everyone was born with a voice. Whilst training the voice is most definitely recommended, the truth is there are lots of people who sing well without a formal voice education; many of them go on to make it big in the singing world.
Because one does not need a license, or even a formal voice education to sing, and due to the fact that the music industry is a magnificent career, naturally there are many trying to make a career out of singing. Some will succeed for a variety of reasons, and be able to comfortable live on what they do. Others do a bit of professional singing on the side, whilst maintaining a regular job.
For some engagements, Ken Burton likes to balance his session singers where possible with singers who are well seasoned and experienced in the industry, with those who are starting in the industry or studying voice. (Studying voice here does not mean singing lessons, - it means pursuing formal music studies at an institute of higher education.)
If you are a session singer, studying voice, or have had experience in the music industry, then please be in touch. Naturally if you are already on a directory, or have videos and audio, then you already have a head start. A biography/CV is obviously going to be needed, however at the end of the day it really is the performance and specific required skills that makes a person initially eligible to be considered for any engagement. It goes without saying that such things as a professional attitude is a prerequisite.
Those involved in full-time singing will always be considered first. The reasons are quite obvious, but to help understand the reasons why this industry is sometimes closely guarded:-
1) if someone is full-time, they rely on employment, and are aware of the need to deliver;
2) if someone is full-time, they are experienced. Sessions are highly expensive, and much financial loss can incur when working with people who do not have the experience.
3) if someone is making their living from singing, it is only fair to make sure they can sustain their career.
4) there have been occasions when people have been given leave, and then a crisis at work, a boss is away, the head office are coming, and they need all hands on deck, and at the last minute you can no longer make the session! You've put the session in jeopardy, the contractor in jeopardy, possibly other people who are part of the chain as well. When someone asks for 20 singers, they will expect 20, not 19 and an excuse and apology!
There will be full time session singers who could come up with another 10 reasons, but those are some of the key ones.
How much does one get paid?
The industry sets rates. A representative for musicians has a long meeting with a representative from film, or from the record industry, or from TV, and they talk, and talk some more, and thrash out a deal which is fair to both sides. Both sides need to eat, both sides need to be able to sustain their respective lives and industries, and so a fair system is negotiated.
All the fees and conditions are actually available online publicly. Normally there is a form to sign which constitutes an official agreement between all parties. Sometimes, if performing abroad for example where there may not be such an agreement, a rate will be negotiated, normally based on UK rates, but also understanding that the UK does have one of the largest economies in the world, and so there will naturally be occasions where the rate may be according to the national economy.
If you do wish to be considered please do not hesitate to be in touch. There have been many occasions where some have been brave enough to put themselves forward, and have done lots of work. Voquality is not specifically any genre. We have done film scores (Classical), contemporary music industry music, gospel, and so on. Clients can ask for anything - sometimes they ask for very strong readers (a regular request), sometimes very strong Soul voices, sometimes Jazz type voices. Whilst this industry does not to be protected and properly managed, it cannot exist except for real people! If you are reading this, perhaps you are interested. Do get in touch using a form on the contact us or home page.