A successful career in music doesn’t happen overnight. It takes patience, tenacity, and being open to tons of criticism. You’ll face roadblocks, failures, and even have moments where you second guess yourself… but if you stay focused and committed you can succeed!

Here are a few essential tips to consider as you build long-term success in the music industry.

become a local celebrity

Get involved in your local music scene. No matter where you live, there will be a local music scene! Help organize or even perform in local concerts or events. You’ll have fun, gain exposure, and make new connections along the way. But best of all, people will start to know who you are!

get connected

Creative alliances matter in the music industry! Why? The industry thrives on it.

Not sure where to start? Take a break from the microphone, keyboard, or studio. Take advantage of face-to-face interactions with up-and-comers, peers, and established professionals. You never know what opportunity a new connection or relationship will bring.

lessons from the music industry

stay on top of your game

As a music artist, you’re a creator at heart. Which usually means that your list of skills is abundant. Recognize your experience and skill, and pay attention to what makes you different. Then perfect it.

Many believe that all it takes is a natural talent to be successful. But this is often not the case.

Even if you have all the skill in the world, you still want to continue improving. Get a vocal coach. Work with a producer whose style is different than yours. Intern at a local record label. DJ for your campus radio station. Or even, check ous local courses – google: ‘music college near me.’ 

be flexible

There is no predetermined roadmap for achieving success in the music and entertainment business. Repeat after me… There are no guarantees. It’s best to acknowledge and accept that now. But your commitment to succeeding in this business is your greatest asset.

Learn agility and get comfortable with pivoting from opportunity to opportunity. At times you may even need to supplement your income with a non-music lifeline career to provide for yourself. The path followed by most industry executives and artists hasn’t been straight forward or linear. Like theirs, your path will involve ongoing learning, hustle, investment and reinvestment in yourself.