Vibe Music Tip: 7 Mistakes Upcoming Musicians Should Avoid Making

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Mistake #1: Contacting Record Companies For Record Deals Too Early

Many musicians want to get a record deal, but few understand what record companies actually look for in musicians they work with. Record companies invest money and resources into musicians the same way people invest money in the stock market.

You must provide verifiable proof of your music career accomplishments and your potential to achieve future success to record companies you contact. This makes record companies confident that their investment into your career will be profitable for them. Contacting record companies before this proof can be established is a waste of your time and theirs.

Your music career accomplishments don’t need to be massive before you contact record companies. However, your achievements need to leave no doubt about:

  • Your ambition
  • Your work ethic
  • Your perseverance
  • Your business mindset
  • Your ability to sell your music to your existing fans

Mistake #2: Trying To Master Your Instrument Before Starting Your Music Career

Many musicians are afraid to start building their careers because they don’t think their musical skills are good enough. They want to reach musical mastery on their instrument before they feel ready to enter the music industry. This mindset cripples your chances for success, because:

  1. You need a lot more than good musical skills to build a career in the music business. Too much time spent practising your instrument takes away time and energy from working on other aspects of your career.
  2. Musical mastery is a goal, not a destination. No matter how good your musical skills are, you always feel that you want to be better than you are right now.

You must start building your career when your musical skills are at an intermediate level or higher. Keep improving as a musician while you’re building the rest of your music career.

Mistake #3: Waiting Too Long To Get Music Career Mentoring

Most musicians have zero training on how to become successful in the music industry, because:

  1. They aren’t aware that music career success training exists.
  2. They lack ambition that’s needed to become truly successful in this industry.

This mindset is wrong.

Music career mentoring is an investment into your success, not an expense. It helps you earn a lot more money than you ever invest into it. Here is how:

  • You take out all guesswork from the process of building your career. Having a music career mentor saves you time, money and effort you waste trying to build your career through trial and error.
  • You learn how to promote yourself and your music most effectively. This helps you earn more money in your career with or without a record company.
  • You learn how to create your own opportunities out of nothing. This makes your career a lot more secure and puts you in total control of your success.

Mistake #4: Not Training Your Mindset For Big Success At The Beginning Of Your Music Career

Your mindset determines your success or failure in the music industry. If your mindset is not rock-solid, you won’t do the things required to become successful.

Fact: your mindset is much more than positive thinking. Success-focused mindset trains you to:

  • Persevere in the face of obstacles that cause most musicians to give up.
  • Easily transform problems into opportunities for great success.
  • Do the work other musicians are not willing to do, so you can achieve success other musicians only dream about.

You must train your mindset from the very beginning of your music career. It builds the foundation for taking the right actions that lead to success.

Mistake #5: Focusing On Getting Fans All Over The World Before Becoming Well-Known In Your Local Area

Record companies are much more impressed by the number of fans you accumulate in your own town/city. It’s much harder to build a loyal local following than it is to acquire a few thousand followers scattered around the world. It’s also much harder to fake having a local following vs. a high number of likes on Facebook or views on a YouTube video.

Mistake #6: Waiting Too Long To Build Freedom Of Time And Money For Yourself

You need freedom to accept music career opportunities when they come up. This requires both money and time.

Most musicians don’t think about this until it’s too late. They go to work at non-music related day jobs and try to work on their music career during nights and weekends.

Most day jobs require you to work on a strict schedule of 40-60 hours per week. This makes it impossible to create music career growth opportunities and increase your music career income. The majority of musicians get stuck at their day jobs until retirement and never go into music full-time.

You must focus on gaining control over your time and money as soon as possible (from the very beginning of your music career).

Mistake #7: Planning Your Music Career Forward Instead Of Planning Backwards

You must plan out your music career with the end in mind. Ask yourself what your ultimate goal is and plan backwards to where you are now. This lays out the exact path you need to follow to get where you want to go.

Most musicians do the opposite. They look at where they are now and try to plan out the next steps to take. This kind of planning often paints you into a corner and keeps you from achieving the success you want.

Culled from Tomhess

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