5 Things You Should Be Asking If You Are Dedicated To Building A Successful Music Career

Feb 02, 2016 • By

Tons of musicians unknowingly seek answers to questions they shouldn't be asking. In other words, they are trying to figure out how the music industry works by asking all the wrong things based on myths and ignorance. By seeking the answers to these kinds of questions, you can only sabotage your chances for success in music.

If you want to become a successful professional musician, you're going to have to learn how the music business really works. This means asking the right questions based on the truth about the business (not just assumptions that non-professionals make). When you ask 100% success-minded questions based on this (and get them answered by someone who already has succeeded in the business), you will quickly achieve your music career goals.


Here are 5 questions about the music industry that most musicians never ask (but should!):

Question #1: Why Do Record Companies/Bands Work With Some Musicians And Not With Others?

Many musicians think that music companies and bands only work with those who are A. musically talented and B. in the right place at the right time.

Record companies actually look for a very particular kind of person to work with. They look for someone who has the right mindset, skills, and personality. Once you understand what all this refers to and take action to develop it, your chances of success in music will skyrocket.

Question #2: How Do I Change Casual Fans Into Truly Fanatical Fans?

Don't ask "how can I get more fans?" Why? The number of fans you have is very unimportant if they are all casual fans. What is a casual fan? These are people who like your music, but don't actually buy it or support you in any way. That said, fanatical fans buy your whole catalogue, wear your band's shirts, come to your live shows and even go as far as to get tattoos of your band's logo. So, which group do you think helps your music career grow faster?

Once you have built a massive following of fanatical fans, they will do a lot of the promotional work for you by telling people about your music/shows and buying everything you make.

Question #3: How Can I Seamlessly Transition From My Day Job To A Career In Music?

Chances are, your family has told you to get a backup plan just in case your music career doesn't work out.

Fact: this is one of the most common ways that musicians end up stuck at jobs they hate rather than fulfilling their dreams in the music industry. Just imagine as months, years and decades go by, watching your musical dreams go unrealized...

Fortunately, I know it is definitely possible for anyone to switch from a regular job to a successful music career (because I've helped many people make this transition). To begin achieving this goal you must ask the right question that centers your thoughts only on what you truly want.

Next you must understand how to grow your income as a musician and create an exit strategy for quitting your day job. Working with a music career trainer is the best way to do this and reach your musical goals much faster.

Question #4: What Should I Do To Get The Opportunities I Want From Music Industry Professionals?

Tons of people get into the music business thinking that they are owed success, and expecting to be given opportunities from labels, bands or other music industry professionals. A tiny percentage of musicians ever think to ask what they need to do themselves to earn such opportunities.

To get the best opportunities in the music business, you need to make yourself more valuable and less risky to other people and companies than anybody else.

For example: think about the challenge of getting new gigs. Frequently, musicians only think about what is in it for them (gaining a new venue to perform in) and never even contemplate what bookers and venue owners want (which is to get more people into the venue). As a result, these musicians don't get many gigs and never figure out why.

Question #5: How Can I Become Totally Financially Secure In The Music Industry?

A lot of musicians are so afraid of going broke in the music industry that they never even try to succeed (letting go of their musical dreams in the process). Truth is, the music industry is actually a highly stable and lucrative industry to be in. Unfortunately, the majority of musicians never earn a great living for three reasons:

1. They think musicians inherently must struggle to get by. This mindset annihilates all ambition for you to earn a great living.

2. They want to find a job in the music industry as opposed to thinking of themselves as an entrepreneur.

3. They don't develop multiple sources of music-related income, including:

-Independent: if something happens to cause you to lose one of your income streams, the other sources of income can support you.

-Congruent: all of your income streams are be aligned together with your primary goals in the music business.

-Residual: your get paid from your income streams time and time again (perpetually).

-Passive: your income streams create money continuously after you've already done all the work (when you are not doing work on them every day).

Once you run your music career as an entrepreneur and create many streams of income, it will be very realistic to expect to earn 6-figures (or more) per year. Most importantly, being a professional musician is way more secure than working at a regular job.

Now you are aware of some of the most critical questions you should ask yourself when it comes to becoming a successful pro musician, but this is just the beginning! To learn about other things you must be focused on as you enter the music business, complete this assessment about becoming a pro musician.

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Tom Hess

About The Author: Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and virtuoso guitar player. He teaches guitar players...