Getting into the music business isn’t the easiest feat one can endeavor into. I’ve been playing music for the past 12 years and doing local gigs as well as gigs across the United States. It involves determination and a strong work ethic. You have to be willing to pick up work when you can and be willing to try different ways to kill your day job.
I’ve always worked hard to practice my trade and surround myself with other musicians who have a positive vibe and attitude. I can tell you from experience that if you get involved with the wrong group of people, you can easily sink to their level and never get out of the rut.
Here are some of my best tips to help you break through and get your music career going…
- Pick music you love to play and surround yourself with some professional musicians who will stretch you.
- Get involved in your local music scene. Don’t be proud. Stay humble and take gigs as they come. Word will get out that you are a solid musician.
- Be dependable. Don’t book gigs for the sake of booking and not show up. Nothing will ruin your reputation faster.
- Go with the flow. Not every gig is going to work out and give you the pay you want or deserve.
- Find a great local studio to work with. Looking for a studio on Craigslist isn’t going to cut it. Find a solid musical engineer to work with. They will help you with referrals and get you to put out your best music.
- Get some work online. Yes, online. There are so many options that you can do online. Set up an Amazon store, ebay sales, etc that will free you up during the day from having to wait tables to make ends meet.
- Keep growing each day. You are going to have to learn how to sell yourself and your abilities.
- Find a great promoter if you suck at sales initially. You need to be willing to share in some profits with a promoter if you find it difficult to sell yourself. But you need to learn to sell like I mentioned in #7… this is the key!
- Don’t listen to the naysayers. They will work to bring you down. Go with your passion and don’t give up.
- Keep pressing each and every day. You have to stay positive and make sure that you are growing each day…
I hope you keep the fire alive to share your gift with the world and leave a legacy of great music in you trail.