Many musicians never leave the basement. Making music may just be a hobby, and that’s okay! That is, unless you really want to turn your hobby into a successful career.
Talent is important, but it isn’t the only thing that will lead you to the successful music career of your dreams. There are quite a few other things you need to do if you want to get serious about turning your hobby into a reality.
Purchase the Right Equipment
It all starts with the right equipment. If you play an instrument, it means purchasing one that is professional quality. If you’re a DJ, it might mean shelling out a little cash to find the best VST plugins.
Professional equipment can be expensive, so don’t feel discouraged if you have to start small. Purchase one piece of equipment, then when you can afford it, upgrade another piece of equipment.
Don’t be afraid to purchase second hand either! You can find a lot of really great equipment at great prices if you’re willing to buy used.
Practice Every Single Day
Practice makes perfect. No matter how talented you think you are, the very best musicians in the world take time to practice every single day. If you want to make music as a professional, you should expect to spend just as much time honing your craft as you would at a regular job, if not more.
Daily practice creates muscle memory, which means you’ll be able to play a practiced tune without really thinking about it. It’ll make you sound better too, which is important if you want to make money doing what you love.
Find a Mentor, or Be a Mentor
With the internet, it’s easier than ever to learn any skill you can imagine, which includes music. However, if you really want to take your musical abilities to the next level, you need to find a mentor.
A good teacher can push you in ways that you would never push yourself, catapulting you to a higher level much faster than you would be able to do on your own.
If you’re a veteran, you can still learn and grow by becoming a mentor! Not only can you help an up-and-coming musician, but you may be able to learn something from them too.
Live a Healthy, Well Rounded Life
Making good music is about living a good life. That means:
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Eating healthy
- Maintaining relationships with friends and family
- Having non-musical hobbies
By living a well-rounded life, you can boost your creativity, improve your self-confidence, and sharpen your memory. It also enables you to derive inspiration from other areas of your life that can be applied to your music.
Successful musicians are always learning and growing. They realize there is never an end to their journey. That means seeking out ways to be a better musician and a better human being.
By doing the four things on this list, you can follow in their footsteps.