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Steve Moore, B.A., J.D. Author Steve has been in the music business for over 30 years! He's worked as a professional musician, producer, and has been involved in almost every aspect of the music business. He's also the author of "The Truth about the Music Business"

Making it in the Music Business

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Who wouldn’t want to make it in the music business?

If you have dreams of “stardom”, that’s great! One should follow ones dream…

However, one must also take stock in the fact that the music business is AFTER ALL a business. And it costs a lot to get started. Years of practicing, learning your craft, working on your songs, learning how to record, make records, play live gigs, etc. Again, this IS a business and you have to treat is as such. Success does not come knocking – you’ve got to get out and find it. HOW?

HARD, HARD WORK for years and years and yet there are still no guarantees. History is full of people that have tried and failed. Did they have a backup plan – an exit strategy? In most cases, and sadly, the answer is no.

So how do you hedge your bets? Again, hard, hard work…

You’ve got to have the talent, the desire and the willingness to risk it all…and most importantly you’ve got to learn as much as you can ABOUT the business as you possibly can. You have to become a CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL. You just can’t be an “artist” that shows up when you want to – at least not until you’ve made it – and even then, that kind of work ethic won’t be tolerated for long.

If you are trying to get a deal and somebody asks you to do something in order to effectuate that process – you’d better do it – and put enough TIME into it to inspire confidence. You can’t just go off half cocked and expect results. You won’t hit the target and you will risk burning a bridge – and this is NOT a business where you can afford to burn bridges. It takes a whole lot of help to make it on your own – but you also must understand that those that are trying to help are trying to make a living too. Life’s too short to deal with wannabes that will NOT do the work. And sadly there are a lot of people with very little talent that are willing to work 10 times harder than those with loads of talent that comes naturally.

I guess the gist of this entire message – is that hard work, networking, building STRONG relationships, surrounding yourself with people who KNOW what they are doing, having a solid plan, with several contingency plans – and the willingness to LISTEN, LEARN and take what you can from those that may or may not know more than you do. The worst thing that can happen is that you will learn what NOT to do – but for many they learn most lessons when it’s way too late…

Experience costs a great deal of money – don’t buy too much if you can’t afford it.

Steve Moore, B.A. J.D. Author

The Truth about the Music Business

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