How to break into the music industry

If you’ve been gifted with an amazing voice or talent on an instrument, you might be thinking about using your talent to make you famous. This is a great goal! Before jumping in, know that being a famous artist takes more than just having a good voice—you have to have a good stage presence and be a good performer as well. This is doable with practice and experience. While there is no guarantee for the level of fame you will reach, know that there are plenty of steps you can take to become known and recognized and even get paid for your talent.

Network

If you have ever heard the saying, it’s not what you know it’s who you know, describes the importance of networking, especially in the music industry. When it comes to job openings, the music industry is especially sparse and tremendously competitive. 

In addition to street teaming, being active on social media is a great way to start networking — especially if you live in a rural area and you don't have many opportunities to go to shows. On Twitter and Facebook, look at profiles of people who work in the music industry, and most importantly, engage with them and their content. If you've got a certain question — message them. You'd be astonished how many people are willing to pass along advice if you just pluck up the courage to ask them.

Produce your own music

The days of needing large recording studios are gone.  You will have constantly heard this advice from the beginning and the result is always the same. Those who have taught themselves how to make and perfect their own music have a much better chance at succeeding. Not only does it make you well versed at your craft but it makes you highly original with your sound.

Yes, it will take some time to master the craft. Sure, it’s going to take some time and cost a bit of money if you decide to look for a DJ school or music coaches, but if you are serious and passionate about what you are doing, this will be a fantastic experience for you. Gear today is accessible and affordable and you can set up shop in your parents’ garage. Your own music is your calling card to your artistry, so start producing now.

Don’t do free shows

Once you are at a point where you are comfortable in creating an engaging show, do not continue to do it without some compensation. Unless, of course, it’s for a cause that you care about deeply, it can be a lot of effort and time that does not amount to very much tangible support. The sound systems at most shows asking you to perform for free could also be a poor representation of your voice and generally people won’t know your music, so there will be little engagement.  You may get a few fans from a single show, but that same effort you put into an online marketing campaign could yield hundreds of thousands of new die hard supporters. At the same time, I don’t suggest not performing for more than a month or two, to keep you limber and in touch.