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Gaining Success In Your Music Career (Part 1)

Updated on August 20, 2012
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Many performers have dreams of hitting it big, getting a contract and following their own rules but success is not something that happens overnight. Getting to these milestone points in your music career will require more than talent. You will need to put in lots of work and look at your career partitally as a business. It can be hard to think of your music as a business, but it is necessary to embrace this aspect of your career in order to progress. It does not have to be allhard work, much of it can be fun like meeting new people and finding new ways of interacting with your fanbase.


1. Know What Your Goals Are

This may very well be the single most important thing to do for anything your involved in and it is especially true for your music career.Decide where you would like to be 3 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now. Have small goals along the way to give you momentum.

Decide if you want to release a project independently and or if your sole goal is to get signed by a major label. Have these ideas written out so that while you are working towards them you can have better focus and make better decisions to get to those goals.


2. What Is Your Fanbase

One of the most important things you can do in your music career is to know your fanbase. Who your target audience is will determine a large chunk of what you do. If you are an urban singer with goals of releasing a mixtape that gets spread throughout the country and build your buzz, you are probably not going to get many results from performing at a country club as you would an urban showcase or open mic.

Know who your audience is. They will like what you like. You do not have to create them or change who you are, just be yourself and go to the places you would enjoy and share that with them.


3. Mind You Dollars

Nothing will happen in your career with absolutely no funding so make sure the money you get, you make, or someone else if footing is well maintained. Even though a lot of things cost very little and you can do much for cheap online, those small cheap things can and will add up so make sure you know: what you're spending on and is it the best investment for what your goals are.


4. Keep Track of What You Are Doing and Your Progress

This is a great way to see how much you have progressed and analyze what works well for you and what could use improvement.

Keeping track of what you're doing will also help you keep momentum. Once you see things are going well, seeing your progress will encourage you to keep going.

You'll get energy from the responses you get from your peers and from your fanbase so. It's a powerful tool to motivate you to get to the next level in your music career.



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