The Key To Becoming A Successful Pro Musician In The Music Business Article By Tom Hess
Do you want to know how to become a professional musician in the music business so you can finally leave your boring day job and start doing music for a living? Most musicians give up on their dreams and end up working jobs they hate just to make ends meet. However, YOU do not have to be one of these musicians!
The first thing you need to realize is that you CAN overcome any of the current obstacles that are standing in the way of you and your music career success. Don't allow yourself to ‘become the victim' and blame others for your lack of progress.
One of the best ways to build some momentum for your music career is to emulate the practices of Olympic athletes. If you've been watching the Olympics recently, you've probably observed how in many games nearly all of the athletes are very similar in skill and intensity. However, the difference between getting a gold medal and no place at all usually comes down to fractions of a second (if it is a racing event for instance) or other small measurements.
When someone wins in the Olympics, they are showered with praise and gifts from the people of their home country (as well as from newfound fans around the world). This leads the person to get extensive media coverage, gain profitable endorsement deals and receive many additional opportunities to further his/her career. But what about those who don't get a medal? These athletes come away with the satisfaction of being able to ‘participate' in the Olympics, but completely miss out on all the other benefits I mentioned above. As you can imagine, this is extremely frustrating for someone who has trained for years in order to achieve the single goal of winning a medal.
Like these athletes, you have spent many years to work on your music career. You have very specific musical goals you would like to achieve through your efforts. You do not want to have spent all that time working to reach your music career goals only to end up with a career in some industry completely unrelated to music while others accomplish all the things you wanted to do for yourself. To avoid this worst case scenario, you have to take action to make yourself the absolute best musician for success in the industry. This is NOT something that someone will do for you... no one will suddenly knock on your door because they heard you playing music and immediately sign you to a record deal.
You might be thinking: "What do I need to do to set myself apart from everyone else so I can get all the biggest music career opportunities?" The answer is NOT simply becoming a better ‘musician' than everyone else. Truth is, musicians who are the most talented are not necessarily the ones who get the most opportunities from music companies. Instead, to put yourself on top of the list above everyone else you must develop a total understanding of how to deliver ‘high value' while eliminating the ‘risks' you present for others when they work with you.
All musicians (whether they know it or not) bring various levels of ‘risk' and ‘reward' to the other people they work with in the music industry. It is absolutely imperative that you learn your own negative risks and positive assets so you can make yourself into the best candidate whenever a music company (or band) is looking for someone to work with. Hint: this kind of stuff goes far beyond just writing or playing good music.
Of course, if you don't yet know these things about yourself, this is completely understandable. Why? There simply do not exist any resources where you could learn more information about this topic. This is a very specific subject that has to do with your own unique personality, career situation and musical goals. The things that are valuable or risky when it comes to working together with you are completely different in relation to working with someone else. You must become familiar with exactly what you offer in terms of risk or reward in any specific situation. It's for this reason that I am not simply publishing a long, extensive list of ‘risks and values' for you to look through.
To illustrate this point, let's return to Olympic athletes for a moment. As I was talking about in the paragraphs above, the difference between a gold medal finish and a ‘no' medal finish is very small. If an athlete has missed out on even the smallest of details in his/her mental preparation or training, this person will drastically increase the chances of not coming away with a medal. In order to ensure that no stone is left unturned, the athlete hires a coach to train them and keep their mindset in top shape to keep them from committing any errors when the day of competition comes. After getting help from an experienced coach, the athlete will improve on the areas that keep him/her from performing at the highest level possible. Not only does this keep the athlete from making crucial mistakes, but it also helps the person make improvements in much less time than they could without someone there to guide them.
Just like these athletes, successful musicians also use coaches to build their music careers and achieve their highest musical goals. Musicians who work hard only to fall short of their musical dreams do so because they try to build their music careers on their own. The worst part is, most of these musicians are usually on the brink of ‘breaking through' but due to some unseen flaw, are never able to take the next step. Only those who work with music career coaches are the ones who spot these crucial flaws and overcome them to advance to the highest levels in the industry.
Find out how a music business coach will help achieve your musical goals by reading this article about putting together a successful career in music.
The bottom line is this: when it comes time for you to develop your music career, don't go down the same path of mediocrity that other musicians take by working alone. Find a coach who when train you to achieve as much success as possible in your music career. Don't be satisfied with merely ‘competing' in the music industry – Go for the podium!
Take this step right now:
Test yourself to see what areas of your career need improvement. Complete this assessment about working with a music industry coach and see how working with a coach will help you reach your musical goals faster.
(About The Author: Tom Hess is a recording artist, music career mentor and virtuoso guitar player. He trains and mentors musicians of all... (Bio) "Image courtesy of phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"