You should by now know that it’s not easy to make it in music. There’s no doubt that you’ve got to put the work in to succeed as an independent musician, and anyone not willing to do that may as well give up now. Some people spend years working hard before they start to see some sort of decent profit, some people put in that time but never get to that stage at all.
So does working hard mean you’ll end up succeeding in music? The simple answer is no, as you can see it doesn’t. What’s important however is you understand why working hard alone doesn’t mean your music career will be a success, and what you can do to increase your chances of succeeding.
Here’s how it goes for a lot of people: They embark on their music career, hoping that one day their music will take them far enough to earn a full time living and make them famous. They write a few lyrics, make a few songs and put them online, and maybe even turn up to the odd open mike night and perform. Then they do all this again. And again. And… Again. At one point, they stop and wonder why their music career is moving extremely slowly, if at all. Maybe they’re not putting enough work in? So they decide to up their game (If they haven’t quit by then) and focus a lot more on being everywhere. They up the amount of time they spend online networking with fans, they try and get more local shows, and they try and talk to everyone they can about how good their music is. So now they’re running around like a headless chicken, trying to get as much done as possible. But wait, how much are they really getting done? Yes they’re working really hard, but how smart are they actually working?
There’s no point entering the music game and swinging round wildly till you hit something, why not instead look at what you want to hit, work out how you’re going to hit it, take aim, and then whack it with one knock out blow? That’ll make a lot more sense…
Work Smart When You’re An Independent Musician, Not Hard
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”. Quote by Sun-tzu, a Chinese general & military strategist (400BC).
Yer, that’s what I said mate…
The point is this;
Fighting a battle blindly is not ideal. So if you’ve got a chance to see before your battle begins, there’s no reason to not do so. You want to be able to know what you’re going to do and then go out and do it. Instead of just going to the studio, making as many songs as possible and then giving them all out for free, why not stop and ask why you’re doing that? And how it’ll help you in your music career? But don’t just take a guess as to why and how it’ll help, make sure you’ve got proof to back it up! Study the game. You want to see who’s doing well, and why they’re achieving success. Chances are it won’t be just because they’ve got talent, there’ll also be business elements that come into play. So see what’s working for them, and try and recreate your findings so you can make your music just as successful.
One thing I’ve noticed, is a lot of people don’t leverage the promotional opportunities they have available to them. They could easily get someone else or a service to reach a whole load of people for them, yet instead they choose to reach potential fans one by one manually. Of course, this takes a long time. I’m not going to go into how to leverage your music career right now, as I’ve got a whole other topic coming on that very soon. What I will say however is this: What’s the point of working hard when you can get someone else to work hard for you?
Have a think of how you can get other people to work hard for your music career (And let us know your thoughts in the comments below), and I’ll let you know my ideas in a topic very soon. To your success.