This is a guest post from music licensing expert Aaron Davison of howtolicenseyourmusic.com
Do you ever have the feeling that you’d like to move your music career forward but you’re not sure how? Like you know you have what it takes to “make it” If you could just figure out what the next “right” thing to do is. As I’ve said before, the music business doesn’t always have a clearly defined, well laid out path to follow for those aspiring to succeed in the industry. But there are plenty of examples that will point you in the right direction, if you know where to look.
One of my favorite things about running my website and creating all the content I’m creating is that I get to meet and interact with so many inspiring people actually working in the music business. They aren’t necessarily household names, but they’re regular musicians who have figured out a way to make music their full time means of income. It’s really inspiring and encouraging to find so many people out there following their passion and living their dreams!
Whether it’s Aaron Saloman, who I created a course with on “How To Make Money With Stock Music Libraries”, or Joseph Miller who got a job working as a music coordinator for CBS Sports right out of college, or Gary Gray who recently befriended and is now working with Quincy Jones, or Pat Finnegan who together with several friends created and launched Fliktrax, what is becoming a very successful music library, or Dave Merson Hess who makes a living composing indie films and who created the course “An Indie Musician’s Guide To Film Scoring” with me. I’m meeting some really great musicians and people!
What all these people have in common is that they’ve picked a path and figured out how to make it work for them. They’re taking action and following their dreams one step at a time. I know it’s easy to get cynical about the music business. But don’t do it. It’s serves no purpose, it’s not productive and there’s no excuse for it. There are so many examples of people who are successfully carving out careers as musicians that I think it’s too easy of an out. Is it true that it’s pretty hard to become a household name like someone like Lady GaGa or Bon Jovi? Sure. I’ll give you that. That’s a long shot. But making a living playing, writing or producing music isn’t. Is it hard work? Yes. Does it require consistent daily effort for years? Yes. But is it attainable? Absolutely!
In a week or so I’ll be announcing details about my latest niche course, “The Art Of Sound Design” that I’ve created with professional sound designer Greg Savage. He’s another great example of someone quietly carving out a great living with his music and art. Greg does music licensing, music production and sound design. He makes Thirty Grand a year just from sound design alone! This is in addition to his other sources of income.
I’m tired of musicians bitching about the music business. I’m tired of musicians saying it’s too hard to make a living from music anymore due to (insert excuse here). I’m tired of musicians who just don’t get it. You can make a living from music! I know many, many people who do. You can be one of them too if you decide you really want to be. Stop you’re bitching and get to work.