I got an email from my old friend, veteran music reporter Steve Zimmerman. What he told me makes me want to say... don't underestimate karaoke singing! In Steve's words:
I am going to be interviewing Tommy DeCarlo the new lead singer for the rock band Boston. He was discovered singing Boston songs in a Karaoke bar. How cool is that and it just proves that if you have talent, you can be found anywhere. He is in his 40s and has never sung with a band before he did a benefit woth the band a few months back. Great story for your students.
You never know where you get "discovered". I suggest we just do excellent work, wherever we are and whatever the circumstances. I sing just as well for demos as I do for masters, and teach my novices with as much enthusiasm as my recording artists. I think this helps us all develop reputations of integrity, and in the end, we are also much more satisfied with our lives.
So.... sing your hearts out and have some fun and make somebody feel something; you never know who might be listening!