If you are the music artist, there are certain things you must do if you want to make a profit.
One: Know your songs very well in order to –
Two: Be able to perform songs live as you –
Three: Keep in time with the band and can –
Four: Form a connection with your audience that –
Five: Will sell merch, CDs, and future tickets.
Of course, here’s the thing, to do all productive movement you must be organized.
In order to be organized, you must know what you want to accomplish and how you must accomplish it.
Labels, managers, and publishers no longer hold hands. Do you know what each of these do? I’ll explain that in the blog post entitled Labels, Managers, Publishers: What Are Their Roles in Your Career?
You are not special. Get over yourself.
There are plenty more music artists with a lot more talent than you. There are plenty more with less talent than you. Talent alone does not win in this business. Talent that is lacking brains, gumption, get-up-and-go, plans, and a team will fail every single time. And talent that thinks they are owed something because of that talent will soon find themselves shut out.
You want it? Then earn it. Prove to your fans and your team that they aren’t wasting their time by investing in you. And they are investing. You see, they want to make money, too. They want to plan ahead for their lives. If you, Artist Man or Artist Ma’am, get the big head and blow your business, you’ve just negatively touched a whole bunch of lives. Shame on you.
If you understand that you are the brand. That you are You, Incorporated. That you are the foundation upon which a business rests. That success does not come without lonely days and nights, and struggles, and pivoting expectations.
If you understand that, then you have a shot. One thing that will help with that understanding is to know who does what and what they are supposed to bring to the table. After all, you don’t want to waste your time by bringing to your team anybody that will waste your time, either. So, go one; read the blog Labels, Managers, Publishers: What Are Their Roles in Your Career?