Music & Entertainment

Getting Started

Usher

Lesson time 8:33 min

It's time to take the first step. Usher shows you how to find opportunities to perform, use social media to grow your audience, and leaves you with your first class assignment.

Play
Usher
Teaches The Art of Performance
In his first ever online class, Usher teaches you his personal techniques to captivate audiences across 16 video lessons.
Get All-Access

Preview

Doing something is the first step. You have to be willing to take the step. A physical action, the hardest part is getting over those opinions that are there that are not necessarily complimenting and that don't feel good. People are going to have opinions, they're like assholes, everybody's got one. However, the truth is if you are truly connected to what you are doing, nothing can break you, nothing will turn you away from what you're doing. The most important part of being fearless is being vulnerable. You have to allow yourself to remain open, and it's hard to be vulnerable in that way, to learn to be open and not closed based off of what you think the idea life really is. Yeah. I've had more failures than I've had successes. But you remember the successes because that's what people remember. [MUSIC PLAYING] Well, being able to recognize that you have a calling comes from repetition. You know, even if you feel like it's not happening as quick as you want it to or you think it should, the more you work at it, the more you begin to feel the gratification of the time to put in it. You could film yourself. Put yourself on social media and become a sensation overnight. But that doesn't mean you've been prepared. That doesn't mean that you know what it takes. That doesn't mean you've had to go through doors being shut in your face and then have to figure out a way to turn the other cheek and continue to move forward and be optimistic. No matter where I was I would always start singing. I mean it's like, OK, for hip hop, right, when someone starts a cipher where they're all standing in a group and they're kind of going back and forth freestyling. For me, I would do a similar thing. I would go into the gymnasium because the acoustics were a little bit louder in there. And I would just start singing. And before you know, it people would start to move closer and closer. And they'd asked for another song. And ask me to sing something else. I could remember, you know, at family gatherings I would be the guy who asking everyone to come around, I want you to watch me perform. I'd stand on the stoop and I would sing to them around Christmas. I would sing Christmas carols. I would always just perform. I just had this energy to get the attention of people. I started entering into talent shows around the city. And I watched all of the other artists perform. But I would pay very close attention to the things that I think maybe the artist didn't execute properly or didn't fully execute, and I would go after that. I mean you name it, I basically tried it. From performing in parking lots, performing in bathrooms, meeting people on the spot. If I knew that someone was in the same bathroom with me, I start singing to try to get his attention, you know what I mean? If I knew that there was a celebrity, I'd walk up to them and...


Meet Your New Mentor

Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Usher really brought home the preparation and discipline, the approach needed to be memorable on stage. I shared a festival stage with other artists, more experienced than myself and I stood out in a very good way - because I delivered with commitment.

Usher Is Amazing! What a gift to be able to meet my mentor in person!

I am not a performer per se, but I learned a lot from Usher I can use in "normal" life.

I am excited to learn from Usher on how to create a lifestyle that is a work of art itself.


Comments

Hortencia C.

My Top Takeaways: - Be clear on your intentions. What will bring your soul joy to embody? Write it down specifically - Always find opportunities to perform. Even if it's through social media posts. Map out out. - do your BEST. Every time. Not their best. YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST. Don't half-ass your dreams. No one can do it but you. - Be BOLD, vulnerable and open to change. Know thyself and your connection with your purpose will lead you through the fears, doubts, challenges, and haters.

Meg N.

Usher is so generously encouraging us here - and so right in his advice to be taking the first step, always be performing (and doing your best)... but write down your goal, and don't lose sight of it. I've sort of laid down a lifetime of gaining real-world experience, generally with a vague goal in mind, Now is the time to define my goal more clearly, write it down so that I don't get sidetracked in the immediacy of the "real-world experience" tasks in front of me. Excellent start.

Joshua J.

Great advice, especially about having guts. Being your own cheerleader. WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!!

Kathy T.

Prior to doing the assignment as part of this lesson, my ballroom dance goals were a jumbled, inarticulate mess in my brain. It was so fun putting them down on paper and I can't wait to get started!

Tyler W.

Great lesson. It definitely hit the right spot as everything falls into place. Well done

Cole F.

Great lesson! I want to upload my goals in hopes to help my fellow classmates out! I know it's not much but I'll probably add more later!

yung

already an addictive masterclass. looking forward. use the past as creative fire for future artistic performances, projects, films, monologues, dialogues, scenes, books, poems, etc. transform all that experience, the good, bad, ugly, into art. "Incite, ignite." Yesyesyes.

Bruce B.

Hi to all performers from my home in Venice, Italy. I want to commit my goals to paper for the next 1, 3, and 12 months, hoping I will get to it! I have organized goals into 7 categories that work for me, aspects I need to improve about myself and ambiance. Some of you classmates in Usher's course may find these helpful (I have not included singing since this is already my field of expertise) for defining one's goals: studio guitar show flow / scaletta (concert program) songwriting mind & spirit body piano Take care, all of you wonderful people, Bruce

Celene G.

A physical action. Vulnerability... got it. Recognizing you have a calling comes from repetition, this hit a chord, thank you.

Julian

I really like the approach Usher is taking here. I'm actually going to pause here.. not move to the next lesson - take the time to consider my goals, write them down, work on my goal for the day, then pick up the next lesson in a day or two. I can already tell that Usher is guiding us and has taken the mentor idea seriously. He speaks from a position of experience, with a great deal of wisdom.