A Few Things Every Aspiring Musician Needs To Do

become a successful musician

Be honest with yourself – do you have the skills to make a career in music?

Creative industries like acting, singing, and music have always been more competitive than say working as a banker, lawyer or teacher.

Every year thousands of young people dream of becoming famous and apply for talent shows such as American Idol, The X Factor and even So You Think You Can Dance?

These days talent isn’t just born it’s digitally found thanks to plush recording studios, online music programs, and YouTube – so if you’re looking to be the next Beyonce, Adele, Sam Smith or Britney here’s what you need to do to have a chance of getting anywhere!

Believe In Yourself And Be Amazing

This goes without saying because the music industry can be a cruel, lonely place at times, so you’ve got to be your own biggest cheerleader, not your parents, or friends, you.

Be honest with yourself – do you have talent?

If so never doubt it, never hide it and never let anyone tell you they think you aren’t good enough. Success doesn’t happen overnight, and you’ll fail far more times than you’ll succeed so be prepared for that. Then study, study, study. Explore your craft, hone your music skills and find teachers that have industry experience along with listening to as many different varieties and genres you can.

Lots of artists use different sounds, styles, and instruments on their tracks, so you need to be flexible, adaptable and creative.

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Be Visible On Social Media

What do Justin Bieber, Gabrielle Aplin, and William Singe all have in common? They all started out singing covers in their bedrooms and then uploading them online. Even Katy Perry, now a global superstar, found fame by putting videos of her singing onto Myspace.

The point is you need to see to be seen so get on Instagram, update your Twitter profile and then use it, take more Snapchats, be more active on Facebook and promote yourself consistently through all these channels.

Uploaded a new song? Tweet the link.

On the way to a gig? Take a selfie on Instagram.

Found an amazing artist you’d love to chat to? Follow their snapchat feed to get their style then Tweet them.

Don’t have a boring photo upload a creative, artsy shot instead that’ll get you noticed using YouTube thumbnail maker. Use social media not just as a place to showcase your talent, but to connect with your fans, gather feedback and then, hopefully, catch the eye of a producer.

Connect With Fellow Musicians

By surrounding yourself with a good group of fellow musicians of both amateurs and professionals you’ll be able to get realistic feedback. Friends and family will say you sound good but won’t understand why, or how, you can improve a particular section of a song.

Networking with like-minded people will also open new doors, introduce you to lots of musicians and help you to get closer to the individuals who have the power to make life-changing decisions i.e record deals.

A well-established network will also mean it’s easier to collaborate, talk to a trusted adviser about finding new venues to perform at and point you in the direction of someone that can teach you about copyright, distribution and license laws

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

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