Are you interested in starting a music career? Unsure where to start? We’ve got you covered with how to go viral with your new music career today.
Being stuck in quarantine has provided us with a surplus of time. So what better to spend that time than to start your music career? With everyone online anyways, it’s a great time to get your music and your voice out there.
The question is, how are you going to do it? Going viral as a musician is no easy task so to help you out, we’ve assembled some tips on how to become a musician. Let’s jump in.
Set Some Goals
As is important with any major task you want to accomplish, you need to set some goals. To start off, ask yourself this: what do I want to accomplish with my music career? Whether you want to become a charting artist or a famed producer, knowing exactly what you want to do with your career and what milestones you want to achieve can help you stay on track as time goes on.
After answering this question and realizing what impact you want to make, you’ll want to set and focus on small, short-term goals. While it’s good to have one big, crowning achievement, focusing on only that can be blinding and throw you off track and can easily discourage you.
Setting goals may seem like a silly institution taught in school, but having a solid set is very important. The goals act as structure, allowing you to better manage your time and activities, preventing you from being discouraged and quitting, and gives you motivation and something to work for, all inching you closer to your overarching goal.
Assemble a Team
While it’s more than possible to do things on your own, your music career would benefit from a team. Taking on the task solo may be manageable at the start, but once you start to increase your audience and reach or once you hit a roadblock that you can’t figure out, it can be too much to handle.
When you sit down to make a team, be smart. While it would be great to have your friends involved in the process, don’t just invite them because they’re you’re friends. For one, you want to make sure they have the skills to perform well on the position you’re putting them on, whether that be producing beats, advertising, managing, etc.
The second reason you don’t want to work with your friends is that things can go south really quickly. Once money and fame get involved, the people you knew can turn into someone else. Business alone is very competitive and quick, but the music industry is that tenfold.
As an outside example, take a look at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg and his college friend Eduardo Saverin founded Facebook together, but in the end, Zuckerberg essentially pulled the rug out from under him and cheated him out of the Company. To get a better look at what a business can do to friendships that are involved, give The Social Network a watch on Netflix.
Make Some Music
Now, this is the fun part. To have a career in music, you’re gonna need to make some. It’s very important not to hold back.
If you have never made music before and don’t know where to start, don’t just jump straight to Logic or other advanced music programs. It’s okay to start out small. If you have a Mac, try learning how to use GarageBand to give you a basic understanding of creating music and how music programs work.
Your music should be a reflection of you or what you want. So if you have a bold idea, then go for it. If you’re pouring your heart and soul into a new set of lyrics, don’t stop.
It’s this personal touch and bold strokes that will launch you into a successful career. If you need some inspiration, take a look at one of the greatest rock bands of all time: Queen. They were a laughing stock for a while because of the odd directions their music went, but look at what the band has accomplished now.
It’s also important to take your time. Think of your music as making a pot roast. The longer you cook it, the better it will taste, and the more it will just melt into your mouth.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise
This aspect of starting a music career is crucial to the process. Being talented and making good music can only get you so far. You may be able to amass a decent-sized community, but you need to be able to have the reach to be able to fill up a stadium.
So, whether you’re doing the advertising or you’ve appointed a small group to do it, make sure it’s done well. Put up posters, slap stickers around town, share your music on your social media platforms, all kinds of advertising is important.
Even when you’re just walking about town, approach people, and talk to them about your music. It’s very likely that they’ll check out your music and it improves your branding, letting everyone know you’re a good, genuine person.
Don’t Stop Creating
As you tackle the road to your career, you’re going to encounter some bumps and valleys. It’s important not to get discouraged or thrown off track because as soon as you lose traction, your career could slip away.
Use your hardships and events in your life as an inspiration to create. Keeping a steady outflow of music and media will keep your audience happy. Let’s note that it doesn’t have to constantly be music all the time though.
Simply managing a good social media platform can go a long way. It allows your fans to keep up with you when you’re not making music and even gives you the opportunity to interact with them. Good places to start are Instagram, Twitter, and even Reddit if you really want to interact with them!
Say Hello To Your Music Career
Most careers in the entertainment industry don’t have clear, instructional steps on how to succeed. A lot of it is chance, luck, and grit and a music career is no different. To become a musician, just stay focused and work hard.
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