Do you have total dedication to becoming a professional
musician and making it in the music business? If so, you are in the right
place. Fact is, 99% of all musicians who pursue music careers fail. However,
you do not need to be one of those musicians! For the most part, musicians who
fail in the music industry do so because they unknowingly follow the (false)
advice of non-professionals (as I explained in another article I created on the
topic of how to
be a professional musician). However, once you read this article you will
avoid this problem by learning the main factors for your success in the music
On the other hand, musicians who build and sustain
successful music careers utilize an entirely different set of skills, thought
processes and values that help them achieve music business success. These
things are not music business secrets that are only available to rock stars and
music industry executives – anyone can learn and utilize them (this includes
you). Throughout the rest of this article I will discuss these various
qualities and help you understand how you can use them to benefit your personal
Contrary to what you might first think, learning to play
your instrument at a ‘professional’ level isn’t included in the list below.
Why? Because it is a ‘given’ that you must be working towards that goal already
every day. In addition, your musical abilities (on their own) will not be
enough to guarantee your success in the music business. Fact is, there are
countless musicians who can play extremely well, but nevertheless do not build
a successful music career… so it is clear that musical talent alone can only
take you so far.
The majority of the material covered below deals with your
own way of thinking rather than the things you ‘do’. Most people do not think
in a way that will lead them to a high level of success in the music industry.
However, you CAN learn and develop the right mindset for success with proper
training. I know this from personal experience after spending years to develop
the right qualities in myself to reach a high level in the music industry.
Having reached my own goals in the music industry, I now mentor other musicians
around the world to reach success in their own music careers.
The following are the most crucial qualities needed for
achieving major success in the music industry.
The Ability To Always
Think About ‘The Big Picture’
The music business is full of great opportunities as well as
obstacles, difficulties and challenges depending on the specific road you take.
Regardless of what you do in your music career, you will always have limited
resources to work with. To make matters more difficult, you will frequently
need to do all your work in advance before you ever reach your ultimate goal.
Unless you are totally clear about where you want to end up
in the music business, you will probably be pulled in all different directions
that will either take you down a wrong path or drain you of all your energy so
that you have no time to work towards anything you really want in your music
The musicians who become successful in the music business
are always focusing to align their actions up with the end goals they desire
most. This gives them the ability to judge what is best for their music career
and make the right choice whenever a potential opportunity comes their way. By
doing this, they are able to achieve their goals quickly and effectively.
The Ability To Bring
More To The Table Than Just Playing Your Instrument
No matter if you are working as an independent musician or
together with a music company, you will greatly benefit by knowing how to
negotiate, book shows, build a following of fans, put together a tour,
communicate effectively, think of profitable business ideas and much more.
Certainly you do not need to be the ‘best’ at all of these
things (you should find others who are strong in the areas that you are weak
in) and it isn’t always good to attempt to do everything on your own. That
said, when you can do these things yourself, you become capable of adding a lot
of value to any situation. This gives you the ability to:
1. Stand out as the ‘obvious choice’ for bands who are
seeking new members
2. Determine different ways to earn a living in the music
3. Reduce the amount of money you need to spend on hiring
others to do the tasks you can’t do
4. Earn a lot more money because you have more value to
offer to others
5. Transform any project you are working on into a success
The idea to take away from this is that the most successful
musicians do a lot more than just play their instruments. This is why they are
able to quickly climb the ranks and make good money by working together with
A Positive -‘Everyone
Wins’ – Mindset
The majority of musicians are always looking out for
themselves without thinking about the effect their actions have on others. Of
course, you will need to get your own needs met, but you do not need to do so
while bringing others down at the same time. The musicians who become the most
successful and gain access to the greatest opportunities in this business are
always getting what they want while ALSO finding a way to help the people they
work with do the same. In nearly all scenarios, you can find a way to create a
great outcome for everyone involved. To do this, you will need to think from a
totally different perspective than most musicians (and people in general). In my
music careers mentoring
program, I spend a considerable amount of time training musicians to utilize
this mindset to succeed in the music business.
A Specific Type Of
Of course it is obvious that you will need to work hard to
build a successful music career. However, most musicians do not understand what
‘kind’ of working mentality is required to truly ‘make it’. The type of
dedication needed requires more than just working a lot on your career. It
1. Fully understanding the correct actions to take to move
your music career in the right direction towards your goals. Simply working a
lot of hours every day will not help you unless it is moving you closer to your
2. Doing things the correct way (while wasting as little
time as possible). It’s common for musicians to be ‘busy’. However, despite
being busy, most musicians never really accomplish anything of great
3. Being aware of how everything you do factors into the growth
of your music career in the long term.
4. Having the patience and commitment to do all the hard
work ‘up front’, long before you get a payoff of any kind. A common example of
this would be recording a full length album in the studio before actually making
any profit from it.
To develop the right work ethic mindset, work to clearly
understand your long term music career goals and find a mentor who will help
you determine the steps you must take to reach them.
Freedom To Pursue
Music Industry Opportunities
It’s a lot a less difficult to pursue any music industry
related opportunities when you are free to do so. Gaining this freedom while
putting together a music career is part of becoming a successful musician. Check
out this informative article about how to start a music career
and learn more about gaining freedom as a pro musician.
In the music industry, you will not reach a high level of
success alone. Music companies, musicians, promoters, managers and other music
industry types will all act as your business partners at one point or another
in your music career. These people will all invest their time, energy and
resources into you and because of this they will expect your loyalty (as you
will likewise expect it from them). Musicians who are not loyal are frequently
banned from future business ventures and music career opportunities. The
majority of musicians take loyalty for granted and only ‘pretend’ to be loyal
until they can take advantage of an opportunity at the expense of their
Although there exist many definitions for what ‘loyalty’ is
– as a general concept it refers to not pursuing opportunities that will
benefit you while bringing down those who work together with you. Of course,
being loyal does not mean letting others take advantage of you either. There is
a balance here that you must learn as you work in the music industry. Without
this balance, you will struggle to achieve great success for an extended period
Get more details about what you have to offer people in the
music industry and which things they want most from you by filling out this music
career training assessment.
Knowing How To Keep
Calm During Situations Of Stress
As a professional musician you will encounter many
situations that cause you to experience a high level of stress. These
situations may include things like recording in the studio, going on tour, attempting
to pursue different projects at once and many other scenarios that involve
working together with tons of other people who all have different preferences
and demands. This is a huge challenge that most musicians are unable to
Musicians who achieve the greatest success in the music
business have an uncanny ability to stay calm in situations of high stress.
When I mentor musicians on how to succeed in music, I help them develop and
utilize this ability while working to create new music projects with others.
This helps most musicians gain a whole new insight on their personality that
allows them to eliminate any weaknesses that would limit their music career
After reading this article, you have learned the factors
that lead musicians to develop highly successful music careers. Here is what
YOU should do right now to improve your chances of success in music:
1. Massively increase your potential for music career
success by reading the information in this article on how to be a
2. Finish this music
career training assessment to see if you are prepared for great success in
the music business.
3. After identifying your weaknesses using the previously
mentioned assessment, develop a plan for how you will improve each one so you
can move your music career forward.
4. Reach your music career goals much faster by working
together with a mentor who has already accomplished all the things you want to
accomplish in the music industry.
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher and musician success coach. As a professional music career coach,
he works with musicians around the globe to help them learn how to build a
career in music. Find out more by checking out this free music career
assessment and reading these free music career building
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