The best way to get into the music industry is to take something that you would really love to do within it and start doing it!
If you think you’d like to work as a music journalist do some research to see what kind of articles the magazines you like publish, find something to write about and submit it!
If you want to work as a press person for a record company or in a PR company, find some up and coming acts you’d like to push (Myspace or Soundcloud are excellent resources) and offer your services free of charge. Then write a press release, get some tracks off them and see if you can sell the story into a magazine (even if you start with the local college magazine).
If you want to DJ, start your own club night where you can DJ and build up a following. If you want to manage, find an act you’d like to manage and have a go to see if you can help them progress their career.
Get the picture? This is how I and countless others started out in the music industry and even if it doesn’t lead directly to your dream job, you’ll learn a lot along the way and be in a much better position to get a work experience placement within the industry.
Working in music is a very desirable job and the people who run the companies that drive this business are always interested in self-starters. They want people who are going to ask ‘what can I do you for you?’ rather than ‘what can you do for me?’ and someone who has already shown the initiative to have a go at something is a big step closer to getting a position than one who hasn’t.
Sure it takes guts to leap into the unknown and try something you don’t know how to do but remember – those who dare win.
Successful people know there is no failure, only lessons and I have learnt more from these lessons than from all my successes put together.
Go forth and make enterprise I say – you have nothing but the shackles of fear to lose!
PS – Checklist
- Do check out www.bpi-med.co.uk as they have a whole load of music industry maps, which explain all the different kinds of jobs with the industry
- Do try and get work experience whenever you can – research the companies you’d like to work for and write them a letter saying why you’d like to work for them and what you think you can offer – a unique insight as a young person is always a good one to start with and see if you can come up with some ideas that could help their business!
- Do go to the library and get some books on the area you are interested in – knowledge is power!
- Do go to college and do something related if you can. This means you are learning something about the area you want to work in but also have some qualifications which will help you in the job market in general.
- Don’t be proud – I worked in a restaurant while I developed my first business. If you want to succeed in the music industry be prepared to work hard and juggle!
I’ll leave you with a little nugget of wisdom I have learnt over the years. It’s not just achieving your goals that make you happy it’s having goals in the first place. Check out some life coaching and NLP books. I’ll let you discover what it is!
Rachael has run successful club nights for the last 20 years, most recently of which was Play (nominated three years running for best Club at the Urban Music Awards). She currently runs a monthly music event ILUVLIVE, showcase for emerging and established talent which is filmed for MTV Base.
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