Breaking into the music industry is no easy feat, but it’s not impossible. If you have talent, dedication, and an unshakeable commitment to doing whatever it takes to make a lasting impact on the scene, you can do this. However, there are certain things you’ll want to avoid to make your dream more attainable.
Find out what not to do when breaking into the music industry.
1 Slacking off. This is important for everyone, not only for musicians. But artists, in particular, can benefit from listening to this crucial advice. You may have been born with insane talent, and that’s wonderful. Still, that doesn’t mean you won’t have to work as hard as everyone else (if not even harder) to break into the scene. This is music business advice 101. Complacency is rarely rewarded. Dedicate your time, energy, and heart fully to this endeavor and your hard work will be rewarded. You shouldn’t expect this to happen overnight and your success may look different from the success of others, but where you put attention, power follows. A huge mistake made by people trying to break into the music industry is a lack of effort devoted to pursuing their passion. Remember, energy in equals energy out.
2 Fear of individuality. You will be hard-pressed to find success when you can’t trust in your own voice. Your talent can (and will) be shaped and evolved for the better by other musicians and teachers you surround yourself with, but at the core, your style should be true to you, not to anyone else. Don’t be afraid to break the mold and explore your individuality. Success is far more fulfilling when you achieve it on your own terms. Trust your gut. Often, you’re the one who truly knows how to proceed forward in a way that best serves yourself and your talents.
3 Surrounding yourself with negativity.
Again, this advice applies to everyone, but artists should be especially wary of whom they surround themselves with. Make sure you’re choosing your friends wisely, prioritizing your time with people who believe in you, support you, and can collaborate with you creatively. The last thing an up-and-coming musician needs to be around is those who don’t actively support your success.
4 Failure to network properly. These days, networking is paramount to your success as an artist. It may not always come naturally, but it’s important to start learning how to put yourself out there. While some people are better at this than others, networking is a skill that can be developed and practiced. Networking leads to opportunities and connections, and those breaking into the music industry cannot afford to lose out on these.
5 Insufficient branding. It can feel a bit like shameless self-promotion, but trust us, if you want to make it in the music industry, you’ll need to start actively thinking about how you want to be perceived as a brand. There’s no shame in branding. You want to be recognized for your musical talents and without a face to put to your talents, it’s considerably more difficult to achieve this. Take it seriously — and have some fun with it! Your talent will speak for itself, but having a brand will open doors and make it easier for you to connect with a larger audience.
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