The Truth About Hard Work For Musicians!
It’s really easy to dream of easy solutions. I know I’ve dreamt of the things that would handle everything… the manager who would do all the hard work work, the record label that would promote the music to ALL the target audiences… the music industry contacts who hold the keys to the kingdom. The truth is these things do exist BUT as Bon Scott puts it so well, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.”
Gone are the days of simply just wanting to be in a band. Unless you’re treating it as a hobby and having great fun jamming with your friends purely for the incredible buzz that comes with that; the reality for music artists/bands nowadays is that money will need to be spent on running a music business and effort (tons of it) is vital to achieving goals. Yes, you’ll write a ton of emails, make a ton of phone calls. Yes, you’ll get a lot of rejection, yes, the fails will outweigh the wins (but when you do win, learn how to savour and respect them). Yes, you’ll need to step outside your comfort zone, yes you’ll need to learn new things (in a time where digital innovation is evolving quickly). Yes, situations out of your control will happen (more often than not) Yes, it is mentally extremely challenging and it’s all too easy to feel self-pity and feel like you’re being singled out. But you’re not… for many reasons that you simply cannot control.
The truth is hard work and learning are your friends. The more you can learn about the music industry and business, the more you understand the reality of what it is to be part of something that continues to evolve and grow rapidly, the more you can learn to play the game and carve your niche… the stronger and more resilient you become over time.
Hard work is your friend. It’s that person that will eventually become part of your true north and help you avoid falling into the common placed pitfalls. It’s someone that will stop you from signing contracts and agreements that could put the brakes on your plans and cause friction within your band. It’s the thing that could help you mentally understand what’s happening in a challenging situation and help you not feel like you’re being punished and actually aid you in making friends, forging good relationships that are reciprocal, and much more.
Never forget why you got into this crazy situation. Music.
Remember the songs, the albums, the people that inspired you to want to learn a musical instrument, sing and all the wonderful things that come with being a creative artist in music. It’s a privilege and a gift.
If you’re ever in doubt, always get back to the music somehow, whether it’s listening or being brutally honest with yourself and understanding that we have been given incredible music by incredible artists. Find ways that inspire song writing and turn the good songs into great songs into life changing songs. Yes, it’s all hard work but if you get to that point where jaws drop and you’re not having to knock on doors, because the true movers and shakers in the music industry are knocking on your door… then the continued hard work can pay off.
Look after the hard word and it will look after you… and if it doesn’t always pan out the way you want it to, don’t get disheartned. If things were meant to be easy, where’s the challenge and fun in that?
If you are a musician, music artist or band with serious ambitions, consider booking a music management consultation with myself and Toby Jepson at Lightning In A Bottle. With proven tracks records in music the music industry as artists and music business, we can help put you on the best possible path and avoid common placed pitfalls.
This post was published on 17th July 2019 and filed in these categories; Blog.