Do you have dreams of becoming a professional musician? Have you ever wished you could leave your unfulfilling day job to focus on music full time? Would you like to ‘make it’ in music and do what you love every day of the year? The truth is, you CAN do these things. However, if you are like most musicians, you have probably thought about getting into music by diving in head first without any direction or guidance. Unfortunately, this is the approach that causes most musicians to NOT achieve success in their music careers.
If you would like to start a career in music and quickly reach success as a professional musician, it is crucial to find a mentor who has already achieved great things in the music business. By learning about the music industry from a professional who has already done big things, you will be much more likely to succeed in your own music career.
To show you what I mean, think about the world famous basketball star Michael Jordan. Even if you are not a basketball fan, it is likely that you have heard of the incredible success that Jordan achieved throughout his career. Over the span of about two decades, Jordan became known as one of the best athletes ever (in any sport) as he broke countless records, won many championships, and made A LOT of money from his player salary (not to mention through endorsements, shoe sales, and other means). By himself, Jordan was certainly a very talented athlete; however, he did not make it to the top alone. In every moment of his legendary career, Jordan continually received the advice, coaching and training of many mentors both within basketball and outside of basketball. As a result, he was able to take the incredible natural ability he had to play and turn it into something truly unforgettable. In fact, this situation is not exclusive to Michael Jordan, any athlete who has ever achieved incredible success has always maintained connection to a mentor even after winning major titles, awards or medals.
Similar to Michael Jordan, if you are starting a career in music, it is absolutely essential that you find a great coach, trainer or mentor who can help you leverage your natural abilities so you can achieve the highest possible success in your music career. To make the process for choosing a mentor much easier for you, I have written down the top 3 traits that your mentor should possess in order to help you start and maintain a successful career in music:
1. Has the ability to pay attention to the small details of your music career while also helping you to stay on track toward your larger, long term goals.
In order to maintain success throughout your music career, you will need to keep your biggest goals in mind with each action you take. For most musicians, it is easy for them to become distracted in their music careers and lose direction. This often leads them down a long and frustrating path as they seem to be ‘doing things’ in their music career, but in fact are not working toward what it is that they truly want to achieve. Additionally, the majority of musicians do not understand how to pursue their music career goals in a highly focused manner by using an effective strategy. These musicians generally see limited to no success and as a result are forced to work outside of the music business.
A solid mentor can help you determine the best strategy for achieving your music career goals and show you how to do so in a quick and effective manner. Additionally, even if you have all the ‘right’ information and strategies in place for your music career, you may still lose your way due to lack of inspiration, external distraction or issues with procrastination. Without the guidance of a great music mentor, these problems can easily cause your career to fade into obscurity. Your mentor should be highly perceptive when it comes to noticing your progress (or lack of progress) toward your greater music goals. This person will instantly notice subtle signs that you are going down the wrong path, and will quickly step in to help you find your way again.
If you are enthusiastic about building a career in music, but have not yet examined your own musical goals, it is important that you figure them out as soon as possible. Use this music career development test to determine what your greatest music goals are in the short and long term.
2. Has already reached a very high level of success and is be able to help you solve any of the specific problems that are holding you back in your music career.
Many times when musicians first begin a career in music, they become overwhelmed. The reality is, you can gain more access to information about the music industry now than ever before due to the speed of the internet. The downside of this is that most of the sources you will find online about how to build a career in music offer very broad information that is intended for a general audience of musicians. If you use basic information on the internet as your only source of understanding how the music business works, you will likely end up very confused because you have not yet learned how to tell valuable information apart from general information (that is useless in your own ‘specific’ music career). The key to solving this problem is to seek the advice of a music career mentor who has a lot of experience building success in a similar area of the music business as the one you want to get into (for instance, becoming a recording artist, touring the world in a band, doing session work as a musician, etc.).
When you have access to personalized advice from someone like this, you will quickly be able to solve any issues that arise in your music career. This will give you the ability to approach a career in music with a clear understanding of exactly what needs to get done in order to reach your personal goals.
3. Has already helped many other musicians reach their highest music career goals (and has proof of this!).
The music industry is unique from many other industries because becoming successful with a career in music does not require attending university programs, receiving a degree or taking any kind of special tests. That said, it is much easier for amateur musicians to ‘talk big’ when it comes to their music careers. Sometimes you will come across people in the music industry who claim to be highly successful, when in fact they are not. As you begin looking for a music career mentor, it is very crucial that you avoid the advice of these types of musicians and find someone who can really back up their claims of success in the music business.
In order to find a mentor who truly knows how to help you succeed in your music career, look first at the success of the musicians he is training/has trained in the past. If this person is truly a great mentor, he will not need to tell you so. Instead, it will be obvious due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback given by the current and former musicians who have worked with him. Once a great mentor has helped many musicians achieve their musical goals, they naturally will feel a need to voice their approval. This can be observed commonly in the form of testimonials on your mentor’s website or in other areas online.
As someone who has personally trained many people to become successful professional musicians, I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a mentor as you pursue a career in music. Fact is, I would not be where I am today in the music business if it weren’t for the help of my current and former mentors. Don’t make the mistake of trying to figure everything out on your own in the music business. This is the same thing that so many musicians do, and this is why most musicians DO NOT make it with successful music careers. Get the training, coaching and guidance a great mentor right now, and reach your full potential as a professional musician.
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About The Author:
Tom Hess is an online guitar teacher, touring guitarist, and a member of the band Rhapsody Of Fire. As a professional music career mentor, he helps musicians from many countries break into the music industry. On his music instruction website you can find out how to become a pro musician and learn how the music industry works.