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How to become a better singer

Would you like to sing better – or maybe even get really good at it? It is actually possible to learn it, and not just be born with a good voice.

Being good at singing will both mean that you sing cleanly (not falsely) and that you use your personality to make the music live.

What does it mean to be able to sing?

Singing well means the following:

You sing clean, not fake. That is, you hit the right notes that fit the music
Has strength. You can have singing power in different ways, but you should not just beep like a mouse, but be able to bring the sound forward and carry in the air.
Know your limitations in relation to the tones you can reach
Singing with personality, not just like someone else
Contribute something emotional to the music, and not just “sing by notes”
You can be a singer in many different styles. Singing well doesn’t mean you can sing in all of them.

How to learn to sing?

To learn how to sing well, there are a number of things that need to be in place. You have to find the motivation (feel like), have the right tools to sing, and then you have to practice.

Step 1: Find your motivation
You have to want to get good at singing. It is not enough that you will be famous or known by others. Do you want to sing it yourself? It also means that you must be prepared to face resistance. You will also find that you do not think things are going well. Are you willing to do that? You can easily sing for a long time and still not get better. It takes time.
Step 2: Equipment: A place to be, microphone, music
Do you have a place you can be? Where you can fool yourself, sing fake, and not get complaints from the neighbors or even find it embarrassing. But that doesn’t mean you need to have an audio studio. If you have a car you can start there. Or a room. You also need to be able to record yourself and you need some music and some notes to sing along to. But it doesn’t have to be in place from the start. Don’t let the equipment slow you down!
Step 3: Exercises
Practice singing. There are a number of exercises you can do. See below.
Step 4: Sing music
Sing right, not just exercises. Find a way you can sing, for example. by going to singing, singing to music, singing in a choir or the like.
Other options:
It is possible to attend singing courses, or attend a music school if you want to make a career out of it. See How do I become a musician?
Good exercises if you want to get better at singing
There are a number of different formats for singing exercises. They can be divided into the following

Physical Exercises: Focus on improving your physique as you sing. Posture, breathing, diaphragm, tongue, mouth, etc.
Technical Exercises: You can practice many different aspects of singing, e.g. holding tones, varying tones, stair exercises, strength exercises (singing high / low).
Mental Exercises: You must want to sing beautifully, and hit the tone right. A number of exercises focus on really achieving a good result. But the most simple exercise when singing is to think: I want to do it beautifully. It may be that you imagine singing to someone you look up to. If you sing hymns, it can for example. be that you want to please God.

Good tips for getting good at singing

Here are a few tips to help you become good at singing

Choose: Choose an exercise. There are many options, don’t let that slow you down. Don’t watch all of youtube videos online before you get started. Pick a few and get them done.
Don’t stop: Don’t stop because you don’t think it’s going well.
Work: You will find that you are getting better quickly. But remember, it takes your effort. There are many hours before you can make a difference.
Practice, practice, practice
Keep it straight: You need to keep singing, because you may lose it again. It’s like running. You can’t get good fitness and then keep running.
Record yourself: Make recordings where you sing songs or practice. They will be gold be later, and convince you that you have improved. Because sometimes you can’t even hear the difference.

How to become an artist

 Would you like to work creatively, and do you want to work with a material and convey a message through it; then it might be something for you to become an artist. Here you can read how to become an artist and whether it is something you were born to or if it is something you can learn.

An artist works to create expressions in different materials, typically painting or sculptures. The picture here is a work by Annette Holst Mikkelsen.

What is an artist?

Being an artist means you

Works creatively
Creates works of art in different materials
Prepares original paintings, sculptures or installations
Communicates with other people about what art means
Selling his artworks through collaboration with exhibitions, galleries and the like.
Hard work. Only about 10% of artists in Denmark can make a living selling their art.
Gives something of yourself. An artist uses his interior to create something new. Do you have something to give?

How to become an artist?

Artist is not a protected title, and you can in principle call yourself an artist if you work full time in making art.

There are as many ways to become artists as there are different types of art. There is no set recipe to follow, and first and foremost there is no requirement to become an artist. Different artists have different stories to tell. Here are some of the typical ones.

There is no requirement to become an artist
No formal education is required to exhibit or sell art
Some artists have chosen to take a formal education from the Academy of Fine Arts, e.g. Aarhus Art Academy or the Royal Academy of Arts. The programs take 4 years and entitle to SU. There is no doubt that in some art circles it is considered a plus that one has this “stamp” on one’s artist identity. For others, it doesn’t mean that much.
In Denmark there are a number of art colleges that inspire and start many artists, eg. Holbæk College of Art
Some artists who are not formally trained take start-up courses or crafts. An example of this is Anne’s Atelier, which helps artists “get started”.
Some artists are just starting out on their own to create works of art and sell them.

How to become an architect

An architect can imagine new places, and has a creative ability to design; mixed with knowledge of construction and climate. If that sounds like something to you, then you can read how to become an architect and what it really means.

An architect plans and designs buildings and the spaces in and around them. This is done by understanding the requirements for the location, features and layout of the place.

What does an architect do?

An architect is working on that

Analyze tasks based on requirements for functions, location and layout
Work with sketches and models, eg
Draw buildings by hand or as 3D models
Negotiate with builders
Understand the work of the engineer and the contractor
Understand the legislation and law surrounding the project
Follow the construction process
Adminstrative work
Works either in a construction company, an independent design studio or in a public administration

How to become an architect?

Being an architect is not the same as an interior designer (see How do I become an interior designer?).

Architect’s education is a so-called professional education

You must have a high school education
You can read architecture in Copenhagen or Aarhus. The program takes 5 years, after which you can call yourself “cand. arch. “.
You can specialize in topics such as buildings lighting, space, art, landscape art, furniture, sustainability, urbanism and much more.
The education entitles the S.U.
If you join the Academic Architectural Association at the same time, you can add the quality mark. to your title, and is thus “Architect MAA.”
You can also take a Bachelor of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University, which takes 3 years. It does not give you the right to use the title “Architect”, but qualifies you in architecture and design and to work on after a master’s degree.

How to become an actor

Many dream of becoming an actor – maybe even becoming a movie star known from movie theaters. Here you can read how to become an actor and what it really entails.

One of the world’s most popular actors is the Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He started out as a film actor in Danish films, e.g. in the Night Watch (1994). Here he is seen as the role of Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones (HBO).
One of the world’s most popular actors is the Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He started out as a film actor in Danish films, but has now made a career in the United States. Here he is seen as the role of Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones (HBO).

What is an actor’s job?

An actor is working on that

act in a specific role it may be
roles in theater plays
roles in feature films
appear in commercials, informational videos or the like
be a soloist or entertainer in e.g. cabarets and revues
an actor always acts instead, ie. as a fictional person, or as a portrait of another living or deceased person. The word actor also comes from this, in that he or she “plays” a role that “looks” (looks) like someone else. In English, the word “actor”, of “act” = “pretend”.

How to become an actor?

Being an “actor” is not a protected title. You can in principle call yourself an actor if you work full time as an actor in a movie, theater or other video.

The paths to becoming an actor are many – everything from self-taught to state-trained actors.

Many actors are self-taught, or “self-taught,” and have been discovered by chance, or “cast” (selected at an event), and subsequently make a career. Examples of this are Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl.
In a casting / audition it is possible to show whether one is suitable for a particular role. In casting, both educated and uneducated actors try to show that they are the right person for the role.
It is possible to take many different courses in acting at a number of private schools
One can be trained as a “film actor” at private education such as the Danish Film Actor Academy. The program costs DKK 116,000 for one year of basic education
The Copenhagen Film and Theater School also educates actors.
The state education at the State Performing Arts School (formerly the State Theater Arts School) is the most recognized education as a film actor. To be admitted you must pass 3 tests. The basic education for an actor takes 3 years and can be taken at the Actors’ School in Aarhus, Odense or Copenhagen. An example of an actor with state education is Nicolaj Coster-Waldau.
Actors can easily have different backgrounds and play in the same movie. As an example, Sofie Gråbøl and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau have played together in the Night Watch (1994).
Although it is not a requirement that you have an actor training to go to casting, the chances of being admitted, advancing and making a career are greater if you have the education because you learn the work of an actor. It increases the chance of auditions, where there is also no doubt that they regard actors from state education as having a head start. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do without!

5 tips for becoming an actor

Becoming an actor in an education, or getting to play in a movie after a casting is not a matter of luck. A number of factors have a big impact on your chances. Here are the top five.

Go to a lot of auditions. You don’t turn into an actor if you just try once, and don’t get busy, and let yourself be knocked out.
Know your character. Read up on the role you have to play and live in it. Live life – also the thought life – as much as you can as the person you need to play.
Get some experience. Take part in any type of spectacle you can get your hands on to build some experience. It can be school plays, local theaters, revues, puppet shows and more.
Work with your voice. Your voice is more important than your appearance. For example, you must work with both your voice and your accent
Network. Knowing the right people and being invited to the right events means a lot. If you don’t know anyone that matters, start networking with others online, or with people in the play environment.

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