Get voice coaching lessons or find some vocal warm up exercise routines (if you want a long standing career in singing you need to look after your voice).
If you can’t afford voice coaching lessons, pop down to your local library and see if they have or can order you in a book on voice exercises.
Buy (or borrow) a microphone and a recording device like a mini disc player. It is important to record and listen back to your singing as you can then hear how everyone around you hears your voice.
Get a computer with an audio editing software package, when you have refined your singing skills it is good to record and produce some of your singing so you can easily show it to other people.
When showing your work to others or singing for people always ask them for some constructive criticism and go back and work on it.
A lot of famous singers started in a church choir as they are a great place to fine tune your skills.
If a church choir is not your scene you should either start or find a local band that needs a singer. On the local music scene you are more likely to get gigs if you are i a band than if you are a solo singer singing over a backing track.
Try to locate your nearest musical theatre group and audition, this can be a great way to start as singing in a group or as part of a stage production can be less nerve racking than getting up and singing a concert by yourself.
Singing at family events like a family gathering at Christmas can be a great way to practise performing.
If you are at school find out about singing in assemblies and school events. It can be more nerve racking playing in front of your impressionable peers than playing a concert to 20,000.
Join the school, college or university music club or band.
When you are in school, college or university take as many music classes and do as many singing projects as possible.
Find out if there are any talent nights, open mic nights or karaoke events happening at your local pubs, clubs, halls or school and participate. If these are regular events keep going back and getting noticed at these type of events some times get you bookings to perform at other local events.
If there is an area local to you where it is legal to busk this can be a great free learning experience of singing in front of a live audience.
Many singers find playing an instrument like a piano or a guitar helps improve their vocal skills.
When you feel comfortable start sending demos of your work to radio stations, music companies, talent scouts and local venues.
When you have bookings coming in or you are being asked to sing on various projects start your own website which advertises what you are doing and that gives the chance for people to sample your music.
Keep an eye on music publications, local press and national press for news on auditions for groups or adverts for vocalists needed.