The One Thing You Need To Make Your Music Career A Success

Apr 21, 2016 • By

What is the biggest factor for determining whether your music career will go on to become successful or fade out into obscurity?

Here is your answer: The kind of mindset you have built for yourself. The amount of success you experience in the music business is equal to the choices you make and the actions you perform. In both cases, these things are based on the kind of mindset you have.

Successful professional musicians never possessed more potential or beginning musical skills than anyone else... They simply controlled their mindset in a way that got them to take positive actions that brought BIG results.


When you possess a positive and self-motivating mindset, you will make decisions that lead to actions (for the majority of the time) that produce tons of success for your music career. If you're not sure how to build your music career, having a positive mindset will cause you to ask all the correct questions and seek answers in all the right places.

When you have an average mindset, you may achieve a little bit of success in the music industry, but chances are, you will not see long-term sustainable success.

When you have a negative mindset, you simply will not make it anywhere in the music industry... regardless of what positive things are going on for you currently.

I want you to visualize three different musicians who are all equal in every way (they all have the same goals, skills, etc.), except for the kind of mindset they have. Musician one has a pessimistic mindset. Musician two has an average mindset. Musician three has a positive, empowering mindset.

Study these real-world examples to get a better understanding of the difference your mindset can make for your music career success:

Music Industry Challenge One: Making Money From Music To Support Yourself

Musician #1 thinks: "I need a plan B in case my music career falls through."

Based on a fundamental fear of failing, this mindset commonly causes musicians to get non-musical day jobs they aren't interested in. Eventually, the get stuck working this job and have no way out. This is a perfect example of how fear can derail a music career.

Musician #2 thinks: "I don't want to distract myself from my music career by having a backup plan. I will only focus on music until I've achieved my goals. I won't do anything else that could get in the way of my musical goals."

This approach drastically increases your chances of making it in music. When all that is left is either success or failure, choosing success is the best choice for achieving what you want.

On the other hand, this approach can also be very risky and unnecessarily reckless. It might make it more likely that you'll succeed at reaching your goals, but it does just about nothing to help you lower your chances of failure. If you ignore any financial problems in the short term, you will have a hard time growing a successful career in music. Many musicians with this mindset end up quitting before they ever reach their goals.

Musician #3 thinks: "I don't want to have a hard time making money while building my music career. I need to use an approach that: 1. Provides me with a lot of free time to work on music, 2. Supports my long term musical goals, 3. Doesn't make me work endless hours every week just to get by. When I do this, I can work to reach my musical goals without significant struggles."

Knowing the ins and outs of how to grow a music career like this is pretty simple (you can learn how by working with a mentor). The hard part is just avoiding the other two approaches above.

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Music Industry Challenge Three: Finding Opportunities In The Music Industry:

Musician #1 thinks: "If you want a shot at valuable music industry opportunities, you just have to get lucky, be in the right place/right time or know someone in the business."

These kinds of musicians take control out of their own hands, and put it into the hands of people they never knew and will probably never meet. They are full of excuses, and avoid taking responsibility for making their musical lives better.

Musician #2 thinks: "If work really hard, someday I will achieve my musical goals."

This mindset is positive, and showcases a solid work ethic and drive towards success. If you think like this, you have a ton of potential to go far in music.

However, hard work alone is not sufficient for achieving success in the music industry for the long term. Many musicians fail to reach success in their music careers, because they just don't know what to do or how to do it.

Musician #3 thinks: "I'm not sure how to get really big music business opportunities…but I'll do whatever I have to in order to find out. I have to get training from someone who has already done it before. I can't make assumptions about how the music industry works based on advice from people who have never succeeded in it at a high level."

Music Industry Challenge Two: Getting More Paying Gigs:

Musician #1 thinks: "I'm not making enough money from my gigs because booking venue owners don't pay well and are ripping me off."

Musicians who think like this will never be able to find the best gigs that pay tons of money. If you want to earn more money from a gig, you have to help that venue earn more money. By just showing up and playing, you won't achieve this goal (unless you are already a huge band with tons of fans).

Musician #2 thinks: "I need to get more people to come to my shows. This will help any venue see the value I have to earn them more money, so they'll pay me more."

This is the right thinking when it comes to getting more/better paying gigs. Grow the value that bookers/venue owners see in you, then it will increase the amount of money they will pay you to perform at their venue.

That said, this mindset can still be improved.

Musician #3 thinks: "I have to get more fans to come see me play AND get them to buy my music and merch at the show."

This kind of thinking will get massively different results than the other two styles of thinking.

For example, this mindset will help you:

1. Attract lots of people to come to your shows, and help the venue earn more money as a result.

2. Earn more money from your gigs since you make money from the show and from your product sales.

3. Stop worrying about the amount of money you get paid to perform.

4. Make it more likely that you'll get the gig, since you don't care as much about the performance fee.

5. Build stronger relationships with venue owners and your fans, so you can get more gigs as time goes on.

To learn a lot more about this subject, check out this article on getting gigs.

No matter how much you know about the music industry in this moment, having an empowering mindset will help you discover the things you don't know, and put you on the best track for success.

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Tom Hess

About The Author: Tom Hess is an online guitar teacher, recording artist and music career coach. As a music career coach, he helps...