5 Things You Should Know & Do Before You Become a Full Time Musician

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Helpful Tips, Music Business, News


Decide How Serious You Are

Don’t just leave your job on a whim.  Make sure you’ve thought about it seriously. It’s gonna be hard for a long time and even though you have goals of where you want to be at the end of the year, expect delays, roadblocks, and challenges. Go into it confidently but be prepared to doubt yourself at times…and be prepared for others to doubt you. Your continued restlessness will either be what breaks you or what makes you.

Everything Costs Money

Everything costs money…especially if you want quality.  Make sure you have some (or alot) saved up. You’ll need money for promo, artwork, recording, equipment, gas, and so much more! It is absolutely necessary for you to have money saved up before you quit your job to pursue music. Music is a roller coaster and some months will be plentiful while others will be dry – very dry.

Be Careful Who You Do Business With

Don’t commit to a project at the tip of a hat. Be sure you like the people you are working with. Enter into every agreement cautiously and ask more questions than not. Don’t stick your name on something that you’ll regret months down the line.

Talk to People

Talk to other musicians. Take as many of them out to coffee as you can. Get an idea of what they’ve done. Learn from their mistakes, get their advice, and use their experience to make wise decisions about the next several years of your life. Talk to family and friends. Ask them for their support and encouragement. Eventually you’ll get to a point where their faith in you will make up for your lack of faith in yourself.  But ultimately you will need to find a way to believe in your art when nobody else does.

Have a Plan

Please! Have a plan! Whether it’s 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years…you must have a plan! Too many artists pursue their music aimlessly. No plans, no self-imposed deadlines, no drive. Believe me when I say that having release schedules, small achievable goals, and big dreams will be the continuing driving factor.  If you don’t have a plan, you shouldn’t even step into the world of full-time  art.





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