Of course, everybody has their own theory on what it takes to become a professional musician- but the reality is, most of these people don’t really know anything about it, they’ve never lived the life of a true musician.
They’ll say things like: “The money don’t matter… The views don’t matter, only the love for music,” or “Just keep doing you, things will work out eventually.”
“Most artists will say anything to excuse the fact they’re going nowhere with their career.” -TheDopestMatrix
If you want to truly have a successful career in the music industry, or any industry at all- you’re going to need to work incredibly hard for it- I’m talking 100 hour weeks with no lunch break, no friend time, no football games. Can’t deal with it? This industry isn’t for you.
The reason only so few people shine at the top is because there are only so few people with this kind of mentality. Us (musicians) are looked up to by thousands of people, if we show ANY signs of laziness or poor judgement, it can have a huge negative effect on the public. And as leaders of the people, we must set the best example possible of what the perfect person should be like.
This is why I say it’s essential to think and act like a businessman if you’re wanting to be a professional musician- because everybody is watching, and is expecting you to be great!
You must stay in total control.
3 Main Focus Points:
To be on top of your game every day, you must execute yourself daily to think about certain things that will help you be more successful and achieve more. The first order of business is planning, and figuring out a system you can use on a daily basis, like making a new song every day, or releasing one every week- to reach a very specific goal. If your goals aren’t clear as day, you’ll have a hard time achieving them.
Once you’ve built a little foundation for your music business, then it would be time to start focusing on these 3 things below in order to be more professional with your music business.
Time Management– This is one of the biggest reasons people fail, is simply because they don’t manage they’re time well. You can’t be just laying around smoking pot all day watching Netflix, hoping you’ll one day wake up to a check in your account. You MUST schedule your day. Think it’s too much? Guess again, because you’ve already proved that you can’t handle time on your own- and you want to be successful right?
Cash flow– I don’t care what ANYONE tells you. It is extremely important that you create a cash flow, and keep building on it until you either reach your desired goal. The fact is every time you make an excuse for not having the money you desire, you can be out there getting it. You are the executive of your music business- you must make sure you are keeping the desired cash flow moving through- because it all depends on you.
Leadership– Like I said, everything depends on you. As you grow in the music industry, you will find yourself needing to employ other people to get more tasks done. If you can’t live up to #2 and keep the cash flowing, then you won’t be able to pay your hard working employees, which will ruin your music business. That is part of the leader’s position- get the money. A musician with no cash flow is not a professional.
Also, to truly be a profession musician, you have got to be real about who you are, and always be transparent in everything you do. If you are really sticking you your own personal morals, then it’s almost impossible to ever be caught up doing something wrong- because you’re doing everything right! This is essential to being a great leader, because people follow what you do, not say- just like kids!
Of course no one wants to hear that they have to do more, that’s why most musicians fail. If I really didn’t want to be a better artists, All I’d do is spark blunts all day long- but I know I’m better than that, and I know what I’m capable of, so as long as I keep that in mind, it motivates me to keep going and do better things with myself. You can do this with yourself too, just remember why you wanted to be a musician in the first place.
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