Bollywood is the film industry of India. In general, singing and dancing predominate in his films. Many people aspire to become Bollywood singers. The road is long and difficult, since success is never assured in the creative field. However, with a little time and dedication, you can increase your chances of entering this industry. Spend your time developing appropriate singing and acting skills. Then work on getting recognition and auditions. You will experience a lot of rejection along the way, so learn to cope accordingly.
Part 1 of 3: Developing the Right Skills
Step 1. Get acquainted with Bollywood movies and culture
It is recommended that you learn about Bollywood before embarking on your path to becoming a singer. Although Bollywood started in India, its popularity is currently on the rise in Britain, the United States, and around the world. Even the big American movie companies, like Twentieth Century Fox, have started to open their offices in India.
- The Bollywood industry produces many movies. Production times are shorter than in the United States, so you will have long hours of work as a singer in this industry.
- Get acquainted with movies starring some icons of the genre. Watch movies by actors like Arjun Rampal, Amitabh Bhachan, and Salman Khan.
- A big downside to working in Bollywood is that you may not make as much money as you would if you worked in the American film industry. Piracy is a big problem in Bollywood, so even the most popular movies end up making less money.
Step 2. Participate in drama and drama clubs in high school
Besides knowing how to sing, you will have to know how to act. Many Bollywood movies tell stories through song, so the ability to play a character is vital. Participate in the drama club in high school. That will help you prepare for a career in Bollywood.
- Join a drama club if you find one. You can also take any drama or film class that your school offers.
- Try playing roles in school plays, especially if your school is putting on a musical. Performing in a musical will teach you to sing and act simultaneously, which will be vital to your role as a Bollywood singer.
Step 3. Look for opportunities to act
Look for acting opportunities outside of school. Acting, as well as all forms of art and craft, require years of experience. The more experience you have acting, the more opportunities you will have to do it professionally.
- Join a local theater group. Many big movie stars started working in local theaters.
- If there are local theater companies that are putting on a play or musical, go to auditions. Getting a role, even in a small production, can help you develop acting skills.
Step 4. Take singing lessons
Even if you have a natural talent for singing, singing requires a certain level of technical skills. If you want to sing professionally, you have to develop a certain amount of experience with singing. Find a tutor to teach you singing lessons. That way, you will improve your tone, timbre, and vocal performance.
- You can look for tutors in your area in the yellow pages or on the Internet. If you know other people who sing, ask them where they took singing lessons.
- If singing lessons are out of your budget, there are tutorials on the internet that you can sign up for free. Although they are not as good as private tutoring, you can learn a bit of the art of singing with these resources.
- You can also search for a tutor online if you can't find one nearby. You can use an online tool, such as Skype, to chat with a tutor on your laptop. That way, that professional can evaluate your singing and progress.
Step 5. Make regular presentations
Many famous singers started out by doing local performances. If, over time, you want to sing professionally in Bollywood, do your best to get a local audience. Support will not only help you deal with your emotions as you fight for your dreams, but you will also gain valuable experience presenting in front of an audience.
- Sign up for talent shows, trade shows, and other local events where people perform in public.
- You can also be the host of your own shows. Host an open mic night at a local venue and play your songs during the night.
Part 2 of 3: Achieve Your Goals
Step 1. Consider higher education
Higher education can help you in your career as a Bollywood singer. Some Bollywood stars went to college and many singers and actors study the art in college. Although going to college is not necessary to become a Bollywood star, take the time to consider whether it is right for you.
- You can earn an academic degree in music, acting, or another art-related activity. Entering art programs can be competitive, so keep that in mind when applying. There is no guarantee that you will enter the school of your choice.
- An academic degree can improve your skills. However, it can be time consuming and expensive. Academic arts degrees, especially in private schools, can be incredibly expensive.
Step 2. Develop an Internet presence
A good way to establish your position as a singer is to use the Internet. Websites like YouTube can help you upload content about yourself and your singing. Many famous singers started with content online. Also, having a significant following can make you stand out during auditions. You may also attract the attention of talent agents.
- You can create a YouTube account and, at the same time, maintain a personal website or blog. Upload videos of yourself singing. You can also upload any video in which you appear performing at talent shows, open mic nights, and other performances.
- Incorporate your personality into the brand. Having a great personality, as well as talent, can go a long way. Add a sense of humor to your posts, tweets, and videos. That could help you get followers.
Step 3. Consider your location
Auditions are generally held in person. Because Bollywood is especially located in India, most of the time, movies are shot in places in that country. You will probably need to move to India if you are serious about your career. Although Bollywood has a growing following in the United States, it still focuses specifically on India.
- Moving to such a distant country can be difficult for you, so make sure you seriously think about your career path before doing so. You will need to learn things like the language that is spoken in India. Although English is a prevalent language in that country, approximately 30% of its population speaks Hindi, so you may need to take some classes.
- Looking for a job after entering the country can be difficult. Salaries may be lower than in other countries, so make sure you can live on less money.
- You will also need a visa and the rules for getting one may vary. If you are moving to India for studies, a student visa could help you. Consider studying at an Indian college or university as a way to enter the country to follow your dreams. You may also need to get a job to keep your visa, so make sure you have a job booked before you move or a concrete plan for finding work.
Step 4. Find Bollywood auditions
When you feel ready, seek auditions for Bollywood movies. You will have to go to various auditions to win a role in a Bollywood movie.
You can find auditions on the Internet at some websites, such as Dubai Auditions. You can also consider participating in the industry itself. Taking on a small role as a stage assistant may help you hear insider advice on future auditions
Step 5. Prepare in time for auditions
If you do get an audition, take a little time to prepare. You must go to an audition prepared to impress the directors.
- Pick a song that you can sing well under any circumstances. Pick a song that you know by heart, that you have sung several times before, and that gives you a sense of personality.
- Do some research on the role you will audition for. If you have a script, or a part of it, read it carefully before going to the audition.
- Rehearse. Rehearse every day before the audition. Practicing solidly can increase your chances of landing the role.
Step 6. Do your best when you get an audition
When the day comes, take a few steps to impress the directors. Enter the room and give it your all. Hopefully, you will impress the director enough to win a role in a musical.
- Follow any instructions regarding clothing. Generally, you don't need to dress like the character you're auditioning for, but choose an outfit that looks appropriate. You should also make sure to bring whatever materials they ask of you, such as a photograph of your face, to the auditions.
- Be friendly when answering the questions and provide answers that show your personality. An actor or singer with a lot of personality can sell a lot of tickets.
- Take a deep breath through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Also, drink water before the audition, as it will prevent your voice from wearing out. Although warm water can be relaxing, avoid coffee or any other beverage that contains caffeine.
Part 3 of 3: Facing adversity
Step 1. Don't give up
Remember that failure is part of the process. If you really want to be a Bollywood singer, be consistent. Eventually, you might be cast in a movie in that industry.
Most creative people have faced failure at an early age. Actors and singers have stories full of rejection. Keep that in mind when you face failure along the way
Step 2. Surround yourself with supportive people
It is difficult to be in a creative field. Support is vital to success. Make sure you surround yourself with friends and family who support your dreams.
- Find friends who cheer you up and don't get you down. Jealous friends, or those who humiliate you, are not worth it.
- Stay in touch with positive people. It is important that you surround yourself with people who encourage you as you continue on the creative path.
Step 3. Practice basic self-care after being rejected
It is normal to feel upset due to rejection. After that, practice some basic self-care. That will help you recover.
- Do something you like. Go for a walk, watch a movie, or relax and read a book.
- Remind yourself that it is normal to feel bad. However, tomorrow you have to get up and continue on the path to your dreams.
Step 4. Find out about your chances of success before going to an audition
Sometimes knowing how likely you are to be successful can help you minimize the blow of rejection. Before you go to an audition, determine how many people will audition for that role. If you know that you are unlikely to be hired, you'd better take the audition with a grain of salt.
Also, if you feel relaxed going to an audition, you may be better off. That can increase your chances of being chosen
Step 5. Remember that rejection is rarely personal
There are several reasons why a manager might not hire you. Many talented people have probably auditioned for the same role. It may also happen that you don't fit what they need in terms of specific vocal range or singing style. Rejection is generally not a reflection of a person's talent or worth.
- Listen to Bollywood songs frequently to find out how singers sing different types of songs: emotional, disco, western, classic, romance, etc.
- Make a schedule so you can practice daily. Promise yourself that you will practice during your free time and you will not waste time.