How To Become A Successful Pro Musician In The Music Industry

Author: Tom Hess

Author: Tom Hess

Would you like to finally become a professional musician and start doing things like writing your own music, recording albums and touring the world? Are you fed up with working at a dead end job while watching your music career dreams pass you by? I can identify with that, because I used to be in the exact same position!

The first thing you need to realize is that you CAN overcome any of the current obstacles that are standing in the way of you and your music career success. Don’t allow yourself to ‘become the victim’ and blame others for your lack of progress.

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Get your music career going on the right track by following the same approach used by Olympic competitors who succeed on the highest platform in the world for their respective sports. If you have been keeping up with the events of the Olympics, you’ve seen how evenly matched the athletes seem to be from event to event. However, there are always winners and losers… no matter how good an athlete is, they will either get a medal or miss the podium altogether. The margin for error in these events is extremely thin – one athlete may miss out on a medal when they only performed ‘slightly’ underneath the level of another athlete (such as losing a race by fractions of a second, or failing to lift a weight for a single rep less).

When someone wins in the Olympics, they are showered with praise and gifts from the people of their home country (as well as from newfound fans around the world). This leads the person to get extensive media coverage, gain profitable endorsement deals and receive many additional opportunities to further his/her career. But what about those who don’t get a medal? These athletes come away with the satisfaction of being able to ‘participate’ in the Olympics, but completely miss out on all the other benefits I mentioned above. As you can imagine, this is extremely frustrating for someone who has trained for years in order to achieve the single goal of winning a medal.

Like these athletes, you have spent many years to work on your music career. You have very specific musical goals you would like to achieve through your efforts. You do not want to have spent all that time working to reach your music career goals only to end up with a career in some industry completely unrelated to music while others accomplish all the things you wanted to do for yourself. To avoid this worst case scenario, you have to take action to make yourself the absolute best musician for success in the industry. This is NOT something that someone will do for you… no one will suddenly knock on your door because they heard you playing music and immediately sign you to a record deal.

What is the action you must take to make yourself head and shoulders above the rest of the musicians out there who are also trying to do the same things you want to do in the music industry? You must figure exactly what ‘risks’ and ‘values’ you offer to anyone in the music business who is thinking about working with you.

All musicians (whether they know it or not) bring various levels of ‘risk’ and ‘reward’ to the other people they work with in the music industry. It is absolutely imperative that you learn your own negative risks and positive assets so you can make yourself into the best candidate whenever a music company (or band) is looking for someone to work with. Hint: this kind of stuff goes far beyond just writing or playing good music.

Of course, if you don’t yet know these things about yourself, this is completely understandable. Why? There simply do not exist any resources where you could learn more information about this topic. This is a very specific subject that has to do with your own unique personality, career situation and musical goals. The things that are valuable or risky when it comes to working together with you are completely different in relation to working with someone else. You must become familiar with exactly what you offer in terms of risk or reward in any specific situation. It’s for this reason that I am not simply publishing a long, extensive list of ‘risks and values’ for you to look through.

To understand this better, think about the Olympian athletes I mentioned above. These athletes face extreme levels of competition where the difference between one athlete’s skills and the skills of another is very small. When one athlete is off by even the tiniest degree in his/her training or mental preparation, this person will end up going home without a medal. That’s why the most successful Olympians do not train by themselves. Instead, they work together with a coach who will consistently keep them performing at the highest level possible so that they do not ‘slip up’ when it is time to compete. By working with a coach, the athlete not only is able to compete at a higher level, but is able to quickly correct any fundamental flaws that would keep them from reaching their goals (something that they simply couldn’t do on their own).

Just like these athletes, successful musicians also use coaches to build their music careers and achieve their highest musical goals. Musicians who work hard only to fall short of their musical dreams do so because they try to build their music careers on their own. The worst part is, most of these musicians are usually on the brink of ‘breaking through’ but due to some unseen flaw, are never able to take the next step. Only those who work with music career coaches are the ones who spot these crucial flaws and overcome them to advance to the highest levels in the industry.

Find out how you can get your own music career coach by studying the information in this music career success-building article.

Moral of the story: if you are serious about becoming a professional musician and succeeding in the music industry, don’t take the same approach as most musicians by trying to do it alone. Locate a music industry mentor who has tons of experience helping musicians succeed in their careers. Don’t be content with merely ‘participating’ in your music career, find a coach and get the gold medal!

Find out how a music career coach will help you become a successful pro musician by completing this free music business assessment and reaching your highest musical goals.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a touring guitarist, composer and a mentor to musicians. Tom also trains musicians internationally on how to get into the music industry. Visit to get free music business tips and music career resources.

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Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and virtuoso guitar player.
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