The professional singers with whom most people are familiar are the superstars at the top of the field. Most professional singers don't attain anywhere near the level of fame or income that are enjoyed by performers such as Celine Dion or Luciano Pavarotti. However, even at less exalted heights, being a professional singer can provide enjoyable benefits.
Because professional singers are performers, they become known by others as a condition of their jobs. Working within a society that values fame very highly and idealizes those who achieve it, a professional singer can gain a lot of benefits from achieving fame. A performer's rate of pay will increase along with her fame, and offers to perform will also become more common as more venues seek to attract top acts. For those who seek the adulation of others, fame can be fulfilling for its own sake, as the singer basks in the attention of hundreds or millions of people, depending on the level of fame that she achieves.
Creating music is an inherently satisfying act for many people. Most people create music solely for enjoyment, and sing or play instruments with friends and family. Those who become serious about it and find that they can actually make a living doing it often achieve a deep satisfaction at being able to do what they love full time. Creating something of beauty and sharing it with others is a worthwhile act and allows a professional singer to contribute to the happiness and well-being of many people.
Personal, social and professional connections are useful for a number of reasons, including social fulfillment, professional advancement and developing a feeling of belonging and being valued. Because a professional singer is so frequently in the public eye, he often develops networks of connections that are far more extensive than average people. A talented networker can use these connections to his advantage to promote his career, assist causes in which he believes and lend a hand to other performers who he feels are worthy of promotion.
It is in the nature of a performer's life that she travels a lot, to find new audiences who want to see her sing. For someone who enjoys travel, this can be a very enjoyable benefit to being a professional singer. As a singer's fame grows, she may have the opportunity to travel farther. Singers who reach the top of their field undertake world tours where they sing for widely varied audiences and cultures around the world. Rather than pay for all of this travel as most people would have to do, a professional singer can actually support herself at the same time that she travels.
Jagg Xaxx has been writing since 1983. His primary areas of writing include surrealism, Buddhist iconography and environmental issues. Xaxx worked as a cabinetmaker for 12 years, as well as building and renovating several houses. Xaxx holds a Doctor of Philosophy in art history from the University of Manchester in the U.K.