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Why so many good musicians struggle to begin their music career
If you are like most people who want a music career as a professional musician, the first question you ask is probably, “What do I have to do?” You ask this because you are not sure what you need to do first, second, third, etc. And it seems obvious that you must actually do things in order to move forward and build your own successful music career.
Whether you are just starting out, or already have some experience in the music business, there are important steps you must take and many things you will need to do to develop a music career. However, the order in which you take each step will make a big difference in the results you get.
It’s not about what you must do… It’s about who you must become
Some years ago, I had a great mentor who was a very successful entrepreneur. At that time, I was not yet very far along in my own music career. I asked him all the usual questions like, “How can I get on a world tour?”, “Where should I send my CDs to?”, “Who do I need to talk to at the record company?”, “How can I make more money with my music and talents?”, “What do I need to do to sell my music in other countries?”, etc.
He replied, “Tom, you aren’t ready for any of that yet. You might be ready as a musician, but you haven’t really prepared yourself mentally. When you “do things” now, you will make some progress along the way, but that isn’t success - that won’t create a lucrative and stable music career over the long term. Successful people are successful not because they are intelligent or talented, nor do they succeed simply because they ‘do the right things’. When you become ‘success-minded’, you will have the power to achieve success in anything you want to do. Don’t worry now about ‘doing things’. Let’s begin working on ‘who you must become’. your music career success needs to be built from the inside first, then the external things you must do will fall into place much more easily.
I only proved him to be right when I reacted by saying, “I already know all this positive thinking stuff, I need specific advice on what, when, where and how to do things now.” His response back to me was, “Ok Tom, if you really know this then I challenge you to show me at least 25 ways in which you have already implemented these mental concepts (on your own) into your music career.” I didn’t have an answer to that. He continued, “The entrepreneurs and business people in any industry will know you are not really ready. They will smell your inferiority like a lion smells fear in its prey. And when they do, it generally won’t be good for you. It would be like going into the jungle without a weapon, without shelter and without a guide. This is not the best way to start a career in the music industry.”
After our discussion, I became convinced it was time to work more on who I needed to become before concerning myself with what I needed to do to become a professional musician. Our first major task was to define exactly where my mental skills and preparedness for general success were.
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7 Things You Should Do Now to Begin Your Music Career
Of course, be cautious not to come across as arrogant or obnoxious. Show people your attitude of expectancy, confidence, passion, determination, conviction and…. FIRE!
1. A guy constantly thinks about becoming a professional guitar player, but does not really expect it to actually happen. The lack of ‘expectance’ leads to further incongruity, because, by wanting but not ‘believing’ he will really become a professional guitarist, he won’t make the necessary music career plans, music industry contacts, and other actions which could take him there.
2. College students, who want to become professional musicians, often major in a non music related (and non entrepreneurial related) subject. In this case, most of these students’ time and energy are spent doing things which take them only further from their musical aspirations…. As a general rule, the more congruent you are, the faster and easier you will get where you want to go.
The average person’s score on the music career assessment mentioned above is 4 out of 10. Take the assessment yourself to find out what your score is here.
It matters little where you are now, it matters greatly what you are willing to do now….
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