There are a lot of people out there making music for themselves these days. But, there’s a big difference between bedroom producers and professional musicians. Only a tiny percentage of music hobbyists end up with any career in this cutthroat industry.
There are, though, a few things you can do to increase your chances of success. I’m going to go through a few simple tips that you can start to use. Check them out, put everything into practice, and maybe your dreams of a musical career might take off.
Be careful who you choose to play with
Anyone wanting to be a professional musician has to make some big choices with regards to who they hang out with. Amateurs tend to play in bands with other people who don’t really have the desire to make it. People that want careers in music should surround themselves with those who have the dedication and desire to break through the barrier. It’s not easy finding these people – but it is an essential step towards making your dreams come true.
You don’t have to have a degree in music theory or production to make it to the top. But, a little musical education will give you a greater chance of success. Make sure you understand the basics of music theory – there are plenty of free musical games out there that can help. Try some basic course, too, just to develop your understanding of how music works. But also, make sure you understand how the industry works, and how you can make some money. These are the skills that will help you get noticed – and have some longevity.
Free up some hours
Making music takes time. So does arranging gigs and going to practice sessions with band members. You also have to factor in marketing yourself, and growing your fan base both in the real world and online. In short, it’s a full-time job – and if you are working at the same time, it’s going to be tough. It’s essential that you have enough hours to spend with your music. Yes, it’s going to involve less money, and there is some risk. But if you don’t put the time in, you won’t get anything out of it.
Find a mentor
This one can be tricky for most people, but if you have the desire, you will find a mentor. You need to draw on their experience and listen to what they say with an open pair of ears. A mentor’s advice will highlight what you need to do, where you need to go, and how you need to act. Plus, of course, they will often give you the positivity and drive that you just don’t get from non-musicians.
Join more than one band
Don’t keep yourself to yourself if you’re a musician. Use your skills with a broad range of bands and other people, too. Session musicians can make a good level of income, but you have to put yourself out there. Not only will you meet new people and experience new kinds of sounds, but it’s a chance to quit your old job. And all of a sudden, your time will only be filled with music, giving you a bigger chance of success.