Music Career Resources

Music Career Assessments:

If you aspire to become a professional musician and earn a living with your passion, you will need to know what it really takes to break into this industry.  Contrary to popular belief, your potential for success in music is not determined by "who you know" or by "getting lucky".

Take the assessments below and find out what it really takes to become a music business professional.  You will also be able to evaluate the current steps you may be taking towards a music career.  After you complete the questions, you will receive your score together with detailed comments from me.  I will show you how you can begin to move your career forward much more quickly and powerfully than before.

Test yourself below:

Do You Need A Music Career Coach?

In order to succeed in music (and in life), it is very helpful to follow the advice of a mentor and coach, someone who has already done what you want to do and can teach you to do the same.  How about you? Do you need a coach and trainer to help you reach your music career goals in the fastest way possible?

Find out here.

Do You Have An Effective Backup Plan That Will Lead You Into A Successful Music Career?

Many musicians "plan to fail" in their music career, by relying on a backup plan that moves them away from their ultimate dream.  How about you?  How effective is your strategy? 

Click here to test yourself and find out.

Are You Prepared To Pursue A Highly Successful Career As A Professional Musician?

Many people talk about wanting to make it in the music business, but few have all the "pieces of the puzzle" necessary for long term success in this industry.  How about you?

Test yourself here.

Test For BIG Success As A Professional Musician

How well do you understand the mindset of successful music industry professionals?  While all people are different, there are common threads to both failure and success.  Do you live with this mindset? 

This test will tell you.

What Does The Music Industry Look For In You?

Many musicians want to know what it takes to attract the attention of the major people and companies in the music business.  In order to understand the answer to this question, you must know WHAT these entities look for in all artists they choose to work with.  Most musicians have no about you?

Find out here.

What Will Help Your Band To Be An Incredible Success?

Being a successful rock band is no longer a simple matter of creating great music, being discovered, getting signed, and letting a record label do the rest. In fact it never really was. In today’s music industry, being successful takes a lot of hard work, incredible focus, and an undeniable presence. Besides having good music, do you have what it takes to be a successful rock band?

Take this Rock Band Success Test to find out.

How Much Do You Know About Promoting Your Music?

You want your music to be heard by others and to build your fanbase, right? Of course you do... but how much do you REALLY know about succeeding in this area of the music business? Take this music industry promotion test to find out.

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Articles About Your Music Career:

How To Prepare For Gigs And Make Your Live Shows Better 
The very best way to get more people to repeatedly come out and see your band play live is word of mouth. When your live shows are great, people will like it and talk about you to their friends both online and offline. Besides the obvious point of playing good music that people like, there are 5 main areas of preparing for your gigs. Read the full article about how to prepare for gigs.

How To Start A Successful Music Career
Do you need some immediate music career help? Discover 4 key things you can begin to focus on right now to start a successful music career.


How To Transition From Your Day Job Into A Successful Music Career
Do you want to be a professional musician, but don't know where and how to start? Do you really want a successful career in music, but your fear of failure is holding you back? Are you unsure about what to do if your plan doesn't work? Learn how to start a music career.


How To Make The Right Connections In The Music Industry
You know that making the right music industry contacts is a key factor in developing a successful music career. The problem is, most musicians really don't know 'who' the most valuable music industry contacts are, where to find them, how to actually transform a 'first contact' into a meaningful relationship, what it really means to have the 'right music industry connections', etc. Read the full music career article to discover how to make the right music industry contacts


The Pursuit of the Record Deal
Do you want a successful, stable and rewarding music career as a professional musician? Would you like to know exactly what record labels, music producers, and artist management companies are looking for when seeking out new artists? There are many great musicians who are not able to build a successful career in music because they do not know what it is these music companies want from them. Read the full article to discover your first step to getting a record deal.


Want To Become A Professional Musician? Start Here
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. Read more about how to become a professional musician in the complete music career article. 


How To Become A Professional Guitarist and Musician ~ Part 1: Facts and Myths
What does it take to become a professional guitar player and musician? The answer remains a huge mystery for the vast majority of musicians... but it doesn't have to be. Read the complete article about how to become a professional musician


How To Become A Professional Guitarist and Musician ~ Part 2: Facts and Myths
Insider secrets to becoming a professional musician. Read this music career article and case study of an artist in the process of becoming a professional musician.


How To Become A Professional Guitarist and Musician ~ Part 3: Acquire an Accurate Map
You wouldn't drive in your car aimlessly in an unfamiliar city without a map (or at least a GPS unit). So it does not make sense to 'aimlessly' wander around the music industry in order to start a career in music - yet that is what most artists try to do - and it's the biggest reason why these artists fail. Learn how to start a music career.


How To Become A Professional Guitarist and Musician ~ Part 4: "Making It"
Most people believe there are only two possible outcomes when trying to become a professional musician: You either "make it"... or you don't. Fact is, there are many more opportunities in the music industry than most musicians realize. Continue reading the complete music career article and learn more about how to make it in the music business

Building An Army Of Fans Every Time You Perform 
Want more fans for your music? Read this awesome article by Draven Grey. This is a very useful lesson on building your fan base.

Top 10 Mistakes Musicians Make When Trying To Get Into The Music Business  
If you want to become successful in the music industry, there are many things you need to know and do. Many bands and musicians seeking a career in music have the show the same patterns of assumptions, problems and mistakes over and over again. Read about the Top 10 mistakes musicians make.

How To Get More Fans To Your Gigs 
Are you frustrated because you aren't getting as many people to come to your gigs as you want? Getting 'new' people to come to your gigs is not even the main challenge, even most of your own friends and fans usually won't come to your gigs regularly. This fact makes it harder to get bigger and better gigs that pay more money. Read the full article and learn how to get more fans to come to your gigs

Free Music Career Videos:

How To Become A Professional Musician

Do you want to know "what you must do" to begin your music career today?  Many musicians ask this question when trying to break into the industry as they look for tips on how to get started.  The answer will surprise you...

Watch the video to find out. 

Music Career Backup Plans

Have you ever been advised by friends or family about the need to have "something to fall back on" if the music career doesn't work out?  Although this advice is usually born from good intentions, in reality it is very DAMAGING to your music career success.  Are you curious to know why?

Watch this video to learn the truth about music career backup plans.

Additional Resources:

Rock Band Stage Presence Tips

"Stage presence" is the ability to command attention of an audience. Good stage presence is absolutely critical to the success of any live band. The problem is most musicians and bands don't really know all of the different aspects of good stage presence nor how they fit together with the rest of your live show.

Get free stage presence tips from Alex Staropoli, Draven Grey and me.

Free eBook About How To Become A Better Live Band

Learn how to get more music fans to come to your band's live shows even if you hate spending time and money on self promotion. Download the eBook here and begin to transform your bands live shows.

Tired of your day job? Are you looking for a music career mentor to help? I'll show you how to start a music career.

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