There is no industry quite like the music industry. If you are just beginning your career, it can be challenging getting to know the ins and outs. If you have the ability to learn and adapt however, you might be able to overcome these obstacles and to maximize your opportunities. The following list outlines six key areas that define success or failure in the music business, all worth considering as one carves out their place within the industry.
Build your Skillset and Know your Role
Evaluate different roles in the industry and begin to build a portfolio of skills that you can use to apply to different positions. Versatility is key in this sense. Many people who are dead set on being one thing in the business, unwilling to pivot to a role where they may be better suited and where there may be more money to be made, oftentimes end up missing out. If you want a job in the music industry, begin by examining where your skills can be applied i.e. management, technology, design, production, etc.
Consider an Internship
Securing for yourself an internship in the industry can put you in front of key people for them to discover your passion. There are a number of internship opportunities in the music recording industry that allow workers to gain experience and to make contacts. Though the prospect of not getting paid is not ideal, it puts you into a role where you can gain that experience that will one day get you paid and more importantly, it begins building connections.
Networking is Top Priority
Always be meeting new people and do not be shy about introducing yourself. The music industry is built for networking and you can never know too many people. Bumping into someone at a recording studio has been known to lead to gigs and major opportunities. Attend all the events you can that are relevant to your priorities and make an effort to network.
Be Aware of New Industry Trends
Music is an industry lead by trends and fashion, and being aware of them will keep you on the edge of its evolution. Subscribe to music trade magazines and newsletters, check their websites, follow them on social media, and keep engaged with what’s going on in the industry. The more you know, you more you may be able to make an impression on a potential employer or collaborator with your expertise during those valuable networking hours.
Don’t Limit yourself
Keep in mind the whole of the industry. Music is closely associated with other creative industries such as film, TV, sports, and others. Have an open mind about what kind of career you want to have and if an opportunity comes along where they may be more potential, don’t hesitate to take it. These experiences will help to shape you as a professional in the industry and as long as you’re up for the work, you’ll never be unhappy doing what you’re doing.
Always work hard
We save this one for last but it is just as important as any of these other points – perhaps even more important. Don’t just work hard but be the hardest worker in the room. Do not become complacent and always go above and beyond expectation to ensure that you keep yourself as an indispensable, valued member of the team.