Ever wanted to know what successful musicians do to build thriving careers in the music industry? While no two musicians travel the exact same paths in the music business to reach their goals, they all proceed from the exact same foundational principles that enable them to become successful.
Here are 5 key things that all successful musicians have in common and the lessons you can learn from each one to become a pro musician much faster:
Professional Musician Secret #1: Invest Time Into MORE Than Just Your Musical Skills
Most musicians spend the majority of their time developing their musical skills, but put very little effort into the other elements needed to make it in the music business. They do this because:
They think that the better their musical skills are, the higher their chances for success become in the music industry. While this is true up to a point , your musical skills are FAR from the only thing you need to become a successful musician. If you don’t allocate enough time to developing all pieces of the music career success puzzle, your musical skills will never be enough to help you grow your career.
- Most musicians have no idea what things record companies look for and need from them (more on this below).
All musicians who now enjoy a full-time living as professionals in the industry, have understood the importance of developing ALL the elements of music business success. While they continued to practice and develop their musical skills, they also took action to obtain the other pieces of music industry value…and you must do the same.
To learn if you are currently on track with your music career building efforts, test yourself by taking this music career success assessment.
If you already developed your musical skills to an intermediate or advanced level, you should start investing at least half of your practice time into growing your music career. To make sure that your time is not being wasted, seek out the best music career mentoring for yourself, just like you should be studying with a music teacher to build your musical skills faster.
Professional Musician Secret #2: Have A Win-Win Mindset
The primary difference between successful pro musicians and everyone else is in their mindset. Professionals understand that the music industry is a business that depends on building mutually beneficial business relationships with other musicians and music industry companies. Learning to do this is the fastest way to build and sustain a prosperous and long-lasting career as a musician. So how do you acquire this skill?
Here is what all successful professional musicians do:
They learn to provide immense value to people, bands and companies within the music business using win-win outcomes. This value is the ability to help the companies in the music business to solve their problems and reach their goals in ways that simultaneously enable you to reach YOUR goals.
- They learn to minimize inherent risk that working with them poses to the music industry.
Once you develop a strong win-win mindset in yourself, and learn to apply this mindset to everything you do in the music business, you will begin to make huge progress in your music career. Learn more about how to develop this quality within yourself by reading this article about building a music career.
Professional Musician Secret #3: Stop Letting Irrational Fears Stand In Your Way
Successful musicians focus on what they want to achieve and on taking proactive steps towards making their goals a reality.
Unsuccessful musicians worry about things they are afraid of. They focus on “avoiding failure” rather than on “achieving success”. Examples of this include: believing you are too young or too old to pursue a music career, wishing that you lived in a bigger city, or wishing that you had better connections in the music industry. All these fears cripple your ability to reach your music career goals.
The difference between the two paradigms above is massive. The success-based mindset empowers you to take action, to learn what you need to learn, to acquire the skills you need to develop and to get the music career success training you need to reach your goals…while the fear-based paradigm paralyzes you into immobility and ultimately leads to failure.
Read this article to learn more about how to overcome the music career fears that stop you from reaching your goals.
Professional Musician Secret #4: Know What Record Companies Are Looking For In You
Most people don’t think about what the “other side” (record companies, bands, musicians and executives) want from THEM. Instead, they only think about what THEY (the musicians) want from these people and/or companies. This overblown sense of entitlement is a mentality that spells instant death to your music career.
Successful musicians have invested time into learning what the music industry looks for AND developed the skills needed to make themselves valuable to anyone they ever work with in the music business. As a result, they are able to sign the best record deals, sell the most records and make the most money playing music. Once YOU do these same things, you will be able to achieve the same level of success in the music industry.
Professional Musician Secret #5: Reverse Engineer Your Music Career
Most aspiring professional musicians think that they should set their goals based on where they currently are, then work towards where they want to end up. The pros NEVER do this.
Instead, successful musicians reverse engineer their music career. This means they start by imagining themselves having already reached their music careergoals, then discover the final step that would be needed to reach that goal. After discovering this, they focus on identifying the step just before the final step… and continue working backwards to where they are now. By planning their music career path in this way, they are able to live INTO the vision of their goals.
What About You?
Now that you know the common elements that all successful musicians have in common, it’s time to see how close YOU are to making it in the music business. Take this free music career assessment to see if you if you are on the right track to building a thriving music career for yourself.
After you test yourself, I will reply to you with my feedback and comments on how to make your music career efforts more successful.