By T. Hess
Only a small percentage of musicians will ever become professionals. This
is because many of them spend years wasting their time with things that do not
lead them closer to their musical goals. Although a lot of musicians really
try hard to make it in this industry, they only become more disappointed when
their efforts don't pay off in the end.
Here are six reasons why you have not become a professional musician yet, and
what you should do to immediately move your career forward:
1. You Are Heading Down The Path To Becoming An Amateur Musician... NOT A Professional!
There are various differences between how massively successful pro musicians
build their careers, and how amateurs try to build them. Professional musicians
expect to accomplish great things at all times and only associate with other
like-minded people. On the other hand, amateurs allow their careers to become
consumed with mediocre results.
Here are a few examples of what I am talking about:
Amateur musicians invest most of their time
performing in bands with musicians who have no true ambitions
Professional musicians only work with other
musicians who are totally committed to success in the music
business. For instance, here is a one question test to help
you understand if your band is near or at the professional
level: Would every member in your band cancel all their plans
to go on a huge tour throughout the country (that could possibly
results in losing substantial money in the short term), in
order to increase the chances of gaining more profitable opportunities
in the band's future? If the answer is no, then your band
is a long way away from reaching the pro level. To find out
how to fix this situation for your band, read this article
about pursuing music as a full time career.
Amateur musicians frequently associate with
band members, friends or peers who are negative and question
their ambitions for becoming successful professional musicians.
Professional musicians surround themselves
with other people who motivate and inspire them to reach their
musical dreams. They don't spend any of their time being around
people who bring them down. I call this weeding your garden
- learn more about this concept in this article on how to
start a successful music career.
Amateur musicians (falsely) assume they can
achieve everything they want in their music career alone,
without a trainer or coach. Instead, they are satisfied with
relying on trial and error or merely doing what other musicians
are doing. They assume they can accomplish the same success
of other musicians by copying what those musicians are doing.
This is a major reason why so many musicians fail to get into
the music industry.
Professional musicians work together with
an expert music career coach instead of simply copying what
other people are doing, to ensure that every action brings
them closer to their ultimate musical goals.
2. Your On Stage Performing Skills Are Severely Lacking
Amateur musicians have not yet mastered the
ability to perform well in live situations. It's not enough
to just stand on stage and play your instrument. Pros are
able to put on shows that motivate people to see the band
play again, sell music and take your band to a higher level
in the industry. Anytime you play on stage, it should motivate
your fans to tell everyone they know about how awesome your
band is. Do this often and your band will quickly reach a
new level (so you can pay larger shows to more people).
To find out how you can take your band to
the next level, get these free musician performance tips.
3. You Hold Yourself Back In Your Music Career
Musicians often complain that they don't have
enough opportunities, but if they were only given a chance,
they would take advantage of it. In reality, musicians often
pass on big opportunities because of their own fears and insecurities.
Case in point: there are thousands of musicians
who sign up for my music career mentoring program each year.
After they sign up, I go through every application and accept
only a small fraction of the musicians who are 100% serious
about building their music careers. However, out of the musicians
who I let into the program, there are frequently several who
are scared to join! That's right! Many people create excuses
for not having enough time, requiring more time to think about
it, not being ready, or a ton of other (fear-based) stories.
The main idea here is that these kinds of
musicians complain about not having opportunities for developing
their careers, and eventually go on to reject the big chance
to break into the music industry. I sometimes talk to these
musicians years later, and they tell me the identical sad
story about how they never got the chance to become highly
Don't become another one of these unsuccessful
musicians. Don't put things off and allow inaction to be the
main factor for why you never became a professional musician.
Don't allow fears of failure to become the DESTROYER of your
musical dreams... The time is NOW to start recording your
first album, create a new band, build your songwriting skills
or begin receiving the music industry training you need to
make it big in this business. Don't make up excuses for yourself
and watch your dreams go down the drain.
To take action to move your music career forward,
determine your biggest musical goals, then work together with
a music career mentor who will train you to do whatever it
takes to achieve them.
4. Your Living Situation Prevents You From Growing Your Music Career
It's just not possible to grow a massively
successful music career if you spend every minute of your
free time exhausted because you work full time hours every
To start working full time on your MUSIC career,
you must develop a strategy for smoothly transitioning out
of your day job. One way to do this is to reduce the hours
you spend every week at your day job from forty to thirty
five and spend the difference working to build your music
career. As you begin making additional music related income,
you can cut down the amount of time you spend at your regular
job and gradually phase in your music career.
Discover more information on how to do this
by reading this article on how to smoothly transition from
a day job to a career in music.
5. You Already Gave Up On Your Musical Dreams, But Don't Know It Yet
One of the worst ways to ruin your chances
for success in music is to listen to the advice of people
who have never been successful professional musicians. These
people will tell you things like:
"Music isn't a real job."
"You want to become a rock star? Dream
"To be a pro musician, you have to become
a starving artist who plays on the street corner."
"The music business is too risky, you've
got to get a job doing something more safe."
"You should do music on the side while
you get a music degree in case it doesn't work out."
Fact is, the music industry is a very secure
industry to get into (for anyone who follows the correct steps
for earning a good living in music). The majority of the true
professionals in the music business are NOT playing on street
corners... they make a good living doing what they love to
do and are simply not known in popular media. Actually, it
is a lot easier to earn a great living in the music business
than most people think (while also having that income be very
consistent and secure). That said, endless amounts of musicians
pay attention to the ignorant advice of others who never even
worked in the music business. As a result, they think their
musical dreams are impossible and give up on them altogether.
To transform yourself into a highly successful
professional musician, you need to ONLY listen to people who
have accomplished major success in the same areas of the industry
you want to work in. There is truly no reason to accept the
well-meaning (but misguided) advice of your peers, friends
or family who only repeat myths and platitudes about success
the music industry without any true experience in this industry.
Remember, your favorite bands and musicians all started at
or below where you are now in your music career before they
went on to become legends. The only thing that keeps you from
achieving what they've done is your own mindset!
6. You Don't Truly Understand How To Earn Money In The Music Business
Amateur musicians use tons of time recording
tracks for their albums and improving on their instruments,
yet have no clue how to earn a living from all these things.
These musicians usually invest months into writing and recording
music, then finally release it online where no one (except
for their friends) hears it. They become disappointed, their
music careers come to screeching halt (before even getting
started) and they never again try to accomplish anything significant.
You will not earn a good living as a professional
musician by taking isolated actions as described above. Professional
musicians make tons of money by developing entrepreneurial
mindsets (and taking action on these mindsets), growing strategically
interweaved streams of income and working with an experienced
mentor to understand how to create their own opportunities
in the music industry.
Now that you know the reasons why you haven't
made it as a professional musician yet, get the strategies
you need to quickly grow your career by checking out this
page about working with a music career coach.
About the author:
Tom Hess is a recording artist, composer and a touring musician. Tom also is
a music career coach and trainer to many musicians of different experience levels
from countries around the world. In his music business success training program,
he has helped musicians to build connections in the music industry and learn
how to become a successful professional musician.