Into and asking for advice: John
Hi everyone, I'm John and it's a pleasure to be here.
Name: John Zhang
Age: 25 (2012)
Location: Suburb of Los Angeles
Genre: Hard rock, soul, classical (listening only).
I like The Eagles, Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Beetles, Sam Cooke, etc, basically anyone with strong vocals.
I'm bilingual and I used to sing mainly Chinese songs, now I'm switching to English songs, because there are more quality music in English than there are in Chinese.
Experience: No one in my family sings or plays musical instruments, so not until the age of 18 (2005) did I realize that I sucked at singing. It was a karaoke session with friends and my singing pretty much made everyone leave the room :P I tried to teach myself with materials I found online and improved from "unbearable" to "bearable", and then the improvement stopped.
In 2010 I saw Ken on YouTube and immediately bought the DVDs; Ken's voice blew me away! After only a few weeks my range jumped by half an octave! A few months later I even had people complimenting me on my voice. I stopped practicing because I was satisfied with the results; my original goal was just to get better at karaoke. Naturally my voice deteriorated from the lack of practice.
Now it's 2012 and I'm back with a different goal. Every time I sing I feel happy, fulfilled, satisfied, so I thought wouldn't it be great if I can make a living out of singing? I know I'm not a good singer, but I have improved from a very bad singer to an okay singer, so I know that I can become a good singer, especially with help from the KTVA. Currently I'm just working on improving my voice and have no professional experience with singing.
Question #1: For all the musicians out there, please share your experiences. I have heard of the starving musicians stories, is it really that bad? Am I nuts to start at 25 years old?
Question #2: What's the difference between a good singer and a great singer? Besides the perseverance, what's the difference between someone who can sing and someone who can make a living out of singing?
Question #3: How do I change my status from member to enrolled? What's the Difference? (I have purchased the KTVA DVDs direct download).