I Stay or Should I Go?
you say you live in Po-Dunk Town, Arkansas, or a quaint little
village in Canada, and you dream of being a big star in the
"big city". Well, if your heart is set on moving
to a big city and living the life that brings, then don't
let me talk you out of it. There are some fantastic things
about living in the big city. In fact many industry experts
will insist that it is one of the first things you should
consider. While I agree with them on principle, there are
some caveats that I would add as well.
you're not sure that'd you'd like it, or if you are making
a nice living where you are, or if you're going to school
locally and have some trepidation about a move like that,
by all means, STAY! The fact of the matter is, wherever you
end up, you're gonna be faced with the same problem. Here's
the truth about this issue: Making a name/reputation for yourself
is tough where ever you are. In some ways it's easier in the
small towns, because you have the "big fish in the little
pond" phenomenon going for you.
you're not sure about moving, then take some time to develop
your skills, artistry, clientele and business right where
you are. There are people that need great producers, artists,
singers, guitar players and drummers everywhere. That includes
the town you're living in. I don't care how small it is. Trust
me, if you are great, they will seek you out! So, I suggest
that you focus on being great! Once you're great, then let
everyone within shouting distance know about it!
Cool For School
high school and going to college to get an applicable degree
is an excellent thing to do while you're in the process of
developing your skills. For one thing, the music business
is extremely hard to make a full-time living at. Mainly because
there is no path established...you simply can't take 5 years
of classes and 'announce' that you are the next greatest hip-hop
producer on the east coast and expect anyone (of importance)
to care. No one (except maybe your mom) is gonna listen to
you! Art just doesn't work that way...however, the right education
will give you some excellent skills that will be very applicable
to your success (effective writing, speaking, singing, playing,
etc) and could also introduce you to people that will be key
in your path to stardom later.
there are no right answers, but for a lot of people, I recommend
that they start by staying right where you are and get a great
education. While you're at it, take every opportunity to develop
your chops, take classes, audition, perform and learn!!!
the biggest side benefit of an education is that it will also
give you some skills that can earn you the money it takes
to succeed. Yes, that's right. You're gonna need some money.
Hey, think about it. If YOU are unwilling to invest some hard
earned cash in your career, why would anyone else care two
shakes about it? Earn some money, take some music lessons,
take some music business classes, and buy a handful of books
and study lyric writing. INVEST in your dream.
Do You Know?
a rumor that the music business is all "who you know".
And you're dying to know it it's true. Well here's the answer
you've been waiting for: NO. That's right. No. If you don't
have some skill and or talent, you're not going anywhere.
Don't tell me how badly 'so and so sucks'. I'm just not buying
it. That's just an excuse for the people who can't find success;
a reason for them to quit reaching for their dream and still
be able to sleep at night.
said it before, and I'll say it again, "The better you
get, the luckier you are". You want to get 'lucky'? Then
get GOOD. Now, I'm gonna tell you a business secret…and I'm
not even gonna charge you for it. I swear, this secret could
earn you millions of dollars if you APPLY it to your life…Ready?
OK, here it is:
people tend to mix with other business people that are just
above their level (professionally speaking).
Because most (music business) people are always trying to
'move up'...But the 'big boys' won't even talk to 'em. Why
not? Because the 'big boys' are too busy mixing with the 'really
big boys' that are just above the 'big boy' level.
the fastest way to meet the people you need and start to have
some measure of success is to 'get good'. If you're good,
good people will find you. If you're bad, they'll avoid you
like the plague. This is business. Never forget that. What
you bring to the party is everything. If you're not bringing
anything, why should you get an invitation? So, start developing
your gift, so that you can have something to bring to the
party, and once the word gets out, the invitations will start
is not a simple process. Nor is it easy. But if you love music,
you will do it despite either of these facts. If you don't
love it...and you're just in it for a 'quick buck' you will
give up too early and all your effort won't amount to anything.
building. Create a plan... and don't worry about whether or
not anyone shows up to usher you to your very own limousine.
'Fall in love' with the process. 'Get high' on the finished
product. ...Then you have all the reason you need to 'make
it'. Cause the truth is, if you love what you're doing, you've
made it already.
Klar is a Songwriter and Managing Director of Must Have Music
(BMI), which has spent the last ten years, developing an extensive
catalog of top quality original songs ranging from Adult Contemporary,
Pop/R&B, Contemporary Christian, Pop-Rock and Country.
The current catalog includes more than one hundred songs that
have been placed with Independent Artists across the country.
For information about this and other music industry related
topics, go to http://www.musthavemusic.net