Being self-employed can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and if you happen to be an artist trying to make a living in the music industry, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
But then throw a global pandemic in the mix, and we are all in trouble! During the pandemic, the music industry was one of the hardest-hit industries, and many of my musician friends didn't make it through. They either found new jobs or began learning new skills, and I found that completely heartbreaking. But the truth is, it doesn't even take a global pandemic to see that happen; the pandemic just brought it to our attention. Unfortunately, this happens daily in the music industry. So many artists give up because it's just too difficult to make a living in the music industry.
The best way to make a living in the music industry, or anywhere for that matter, is to have multiple income streams. This means that you...
I felt completely compelled to talk about this topic! Mainly because I have always hated criticism so much that I was never willing to listen to anybody, and of course, that held me back for a long time oh and cost me a lot of money!
Eventually, I have learnt not only how to effectively take criticism but I have learnt to love it, of course only if it is constructive. So it is important to first understand the difference between constructive and destructive criticism.
Constructive criticism comes from a place of good intention, offered up as a way to improve your current situation, although it can still feel insulting. Whereas destructive criticism expresses fault and even disappointment or judgement, this kind of criticism isn't helpful and will always create a negative environment.
We must understand that feedback is important, as long as delivered respectfully, as it is the way that we can learn and grow.
Here are some tips for dealing with...
As a creative person myself, I know all too well that most creative people want to focus on creating, they don't want to know about budgets, marketing, sales figures, tax and all of the business responsibilities.
If you're marketing your music and you plan on making a profit from it, then you are running a business! You must treat your career as a business because if you don't, you won't succeed.
Work on changing your mindset, you aren't just an artist, you have a career,
you run a business. Make time for yourself to work on and grow your business, create a schedule and dedicate time to completing tasks that will enhance the growth of your business.
I talk about all of this and more in the video, let's break down why we call it a business and why it is imperative to the success of your career that we start to grow and function as a business!
Let's discuss the side of being an artist nobody wants to talk about!