Do you feel ready to become a professional musician, but have many unanswered questions about how to build and maintain a career in music? This is one of the most commonly faced challenges for nearly all musicians who start a music career. In most cases, it is believed that you should simply jump into the music business and take a trial-and-error approach until you get where you want to go in your music career. This is the approach that most musicians take; however, this is also the reason why so many musicians do not achieve great levels of success.
The key to starting a career in music and becoming successful is finding a great mentor who has already reached the highest level of success in the music industry. In most cases, simply being around someone in the music business who knows a lot more than you is highly beneficial. That said, if you are able to not only be ‘around’ someone like this, but also receive direct advice from them about your own music career challenges, your potential success as a professional musician will increase MASSIVELY!
Take for example basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Jordan achieved the highest levels of success by winning championships, breaking records and earning many millions of dollars through endorsement deals plus his own player salary. While it is certainly true that Jordan was an incredibly talented individual; it is not true that he accomplished all of his success entirely on his own. In fact, during his career, Jordan took the advice of MANY mentors, trainers and personal coaches. All of these people had previously achieved the results that he was looking to achieve for himself. Due to this, Jordan was able to leverage his great natural talent in order to propel himself to the very highest level of his sport. It is simply unimaginable to think that after achieving such high levels of success, that a great athlete would continue on without a trainer even after breaking records, winning medals or other types of awards.
Similar to Michael Jordan or any other highly successful athlete, if your goal is to succeed in your music career, you will be able to achieve much more by finding a mentor who can change you from a talented amateur musician to a successful music professional. In order to find a great mentor for your music career, it is important for you to know what qualities you should be looking for in such a person. Here are the top 3 qualities of a music career mentor who can help you become highly successful:
1. Has previously helped other musicians become highly successful in the music industry (and can show you the proof!)
In order to build a career in music, you will not need to complete any university program, become “certified”, or take any mandatory testing. This is something that sets the music industry apart from other industries. That said, it is very easy for amateur musicians to make claims of expertise when the reality is that they have not really achieved anything significant in their own career. It is very important that your music mentor is able to give you reliable, accurate and helpful advice that is truly effective for building a successful career in music.
A reliable method for determining whether or not a mentor can really help you in your music career is to observe the success of the musicians who he currently works with or who have worked with him in the past. A mentor who can truly help you succeed with a career in music will not necessarily need to tell you this directly. Instead, it will be obvious due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback he receives from current (or past) musicians who have worked with this mentor and become successful in music. In the music business, a positive reputation takes a very long time to build. If you find a mentor with a reputation of getting big results for many musicians, then the chances are very good that he can do the same for you. Make sure to check for this by looking for reviews, testimonials or general feedback on your mentor’s website or other places online.
As a music career mentor myself, I have personally trained a lot of musicians worldwide to reach their musical goals. In addition, I too have my own mentors who have helped me achieve the level of success I am at today. That said, I can tell your first hand that finding a great mentor has a HUGE impact on your music career success. Regardless of your current experience in the music industry, I encourage you to seek out your own music career mentor as soon as possible so you can quickly begin reaching your full potential for success in your music career.
2. Knows how to keep you on the right track toward reaching your music career goals.
For many musicians, one of the greatest challenges is to stay on track toward their long term music career goals. These musicians will often become distracted by things that do not truly matter for their success, and will spend too much time on unimportant details or activities. Most commonly, it is thought that developing a successful career in music requires great musical skills. Although it is important to improve your musical skills, your success as a professional musician involves many more factors. It is important that you create an effective strategy for reach your goals in music, and stay focused on seeing it through. One of the worst things that could happen to you (I see this all the time!) is that you invest many years of your life into music, only to fail because you did not pursue what TRULY mattered.
When looking for your mentor, you must make sure that this person understands how to build highly effective strategies to help you achieve your music career goals as quickly as possible. With that in mind, it is possible that even with the right strategy in place, you may still become distracted, confused or uncertain throughout the course of your music career. Your mentor should also be able to instantly spot when these things are occurring for you and know how to help you overcome any momentary issues so that you can continue down the path to your goals.
3. Is already highly successful in the music business, and is able to help you solve any problems that get in the way of your music career goals.
Starting a career in music is often a very frustrating experience for most musicians. Although there is a great deal of information about the music business online; most of it is intended for use by the general music community. As a result, you may have specific questions for your own challenges in your music career, but no specific answers to help you deal with them. On top of that, the music industry information you find online does not help you understand the difference between ‘useful’ information, and information that either no longer applies to most musicians or does not apply for you in your own music career. This is why it is absolutely essential that you find a mentor who understands the inner workings of the music industry and has already built a successful career by figuring these things out.
Once you have found a mentor who possesses this trait, you will be able to get specific advice that will help you in YOUR music career (not simply ‘generalized’ advice for the masses). This person will be able to tell you exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve your musical goals, and how to do it. This will eliminate any confusion on your part, and help you to follow a clear path toward building your career in music.
If you have not determined specific goals for your music career yet, it is important that you do so immediately. Discover your music career goals and learn about the fundamental reasons you have for pursuing a career in music.
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About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and the guitarist of the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He also trains musicians to reach their guitar playing goals in his rock guitar lessons online. Visit his website, tomhess.net to read more articles about guitar playing, get free guitar tips and guitar playing resources.