Can you sit
for hours playing
guitar or other instrument? Already tasted fame while singing
in a local church or school group? Always dreamed about competing
Then a career
in the music industry could be the perfect way to turn a musical
hobby in to a satisfying and lucrative career.
The music business, like most creative fields, is an extremely
competitive one. And, like most who pursue creative careers, musicians
must dedicate a great deal of time towards practice to achieve
their goals. Although
popular stories may exaggerate a popular music artist's "overnight
success", there's still a lot of truth in the old show business
do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice!"
skill, dedication and motivation, good business and promotional
skills are also usually necessary to be successful. The music
business means business, so knowing how to get heard in the right
venues, and making the right contacts, can only help launch an
unknown music or singing career.
Those considering a career in the music industry should also know
that musicians typically work nights and weekends, and practice
during the down time.
can also be intermittent, and rejection, especially for newer,
unestablished acts can be a regular occurrence.
musicians may feel that training is not necessary, practicing
in a formal setting with feedback and advice from a trained professional
can only add to the valuable hours spent in developing performance
careers such as composer, conductor, or musical director will
require, if not school and formal training, then at least an apprenticeship
before striking out on their own.
Realistically, the job outlook for the music industry is expected
to be about average in the coming years, and competition for work
will likely remain just as high as it has always been.
earnings for musicians who work for an employer, such as a religious
organization or a performing arts company is about $20 an hour,
while for more skilled musical directors, the average yearly income
is roughly $40,000. For freelance musicians, earnings typically
reflect the number of shows they perform, the musician's reputation,
as well as the venue.
A successful career in the music industry is not an easy thing
to achieve, but with a lot of hard work - and maybe a little luck
- a dedicated amateur can have the musical career they've always