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Old 12-28-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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So, I have a friend that is a singer/musician looking to break into the music scene. She's not really looking for fame, but want to do what she loves (make good music and create dynamic music videos in the process). One of the problems that my friend is having is the ability to stay afloat while making songs, demo tapes, music videos, etc. A lot of her money is being burned as well from paying music video directors and music producers. Since I have moved to L.A., she asked me what are some other jobs she can do related to singing for extra income. The only thing I could come up with was "voiceover" work and maybe background singing. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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"My friend"=it's you.

We all know it. This is an anonymous online forum and it's a legitimate question so need to pretend to be asking on someone elses behalf. We seem to see an awful lot of people asking "on behalf of a friend" but very few asking on behalf of themselves.

Anyway to answer your question, I'm not really sure. To be honest, your question is an extension of the TV/movie industry: would be writers, actors/actresses, directors, etc are all dime a dozen. Most of them are mediocre at best. For every "big hit" or "next big thing" opening, there are not hundreds, but TENS OF THOUSANDS of aspiring people just hoping to catch that break. Yet most are one-tenth as good as they think they are. Less than 1% of them will ever amount to anything. Many come here thinking they are going to be the next James Cameron (because they shot some 'cool' YouTube videos) or Nirvana (because they got to play at the senior prom) or Jessica Alba because they went to the gym and have a nice 'rack' and took drama class.

What I'm getting at is: come up with a plan B. The odds do not favor you especially with a "take it or leave it" attitude. There are people out there who would literally sell their parents into slavery just for a chance to hit it big. Get a "real" day job of some sort. With music being what it is these days, it's no longer enough to be "competent". Join or start a cover band and play casinos, weddings, etc if you want to make some money. Nowadays, you either have to be A) Spectacular or B) find the right exec and get him/her? into the sack. That's just reality of how it works. You might also want to consider cutting an album and pitching it to local coffee shops/record stores. If you can get your work pressed onto vinyl, THAT will get you some attention. Vinyl has made quite the comeback in recent years.

You could try and get a job as a coffee runner at one of the studios, although I'm not exactly sure how or when you'll get a chance to be heard. You will at least be in proximity so *might* at some point get a fighting chance.

Aside from that, I don't know what else I can tell you except to maybe pursue another career path and keep the music as a hobby.

Please understand that none of this was intended to deflate your hopes and dreams. But you do need to understand the realities of what you are up against. Dreams like that are what keep Guitar Center and Sam Ash in business.

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Old 12-28-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Singing waitress?

Miceli's Restaurants - Hollywood and Universal City. "L.A.'s Oldest Italian Restaurant"
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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So, I have a friend that is a singer/musician looking to break into the music scene. She's not really looking for fame, but want to do what she loves (make good music and create dynamic music videos in the process). One of the problems that my friend is having is the ability to stay afloat while making songs, demo tapes, music videos, etc. A lot of her money is being burned as well from paying music video directors and music producers. Since I have moved to L.A., she asked me what are some other jobs she can do related to singing for extra income. The only thing I could come up with was "voiceover" work and maybe background singing. Does anyone have any ideas?
Then it would behoove such an aspiring musician to go where the money is: music video and music production. You can start out as simply as lifting stuff and increase backstage knowledge and contacts from there.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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Universal Studios - get a job there
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