How to Transition From Your Job Into a Successful Music Career
If your goal is to be a successful musician but you aren’t sure where to begin, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss how you can transition from your 9-5 job into a successful musician.
I know many musicians seek for advice from their friends or family about how to start their music career. From experience, most of them will advise you to have a backup plan or “plan B” if things doesn’t work the way you want it to be. Normally, you will be encourage to go to university to get a professional degree so you can find a job in and work on your music as a side hustle. If your music career does go well, you can then leave your daily job. This usually sounds like a really good advice. However, in reality it fails to work in most cases. Y
The reason behind is because the job that the majority of the musicians get to support themselves first does not have anything to do with music. For example, you want to work on music but your daily job is being an accountant which has nothing to do with music. This can result in a very difficult situation that makes it nearly impossible to get any result as a musician.
Here’s a quick video of John Legend talking about “When did he decide to pursue music full time”. Perhaps you can learn a thing or two from him. Enjoy!
2 reasons why having a “Plan B” is usually doomed to fail.
Reason 1: You don’t have a good exit strategy
The advise to quit your daily job once your music career is getting to be successful is great but in order for this to work, you need to get it done the right way. I know that there are musicians don’t have a solid plan that will allow them to slowly decrease their time on their daily job and focus on working on their music.
Furthermore, most musicians prefer to have a secure job that pays well. However, most people did not plan to their exit strategy and think about how their music career will allow them to focus less on their 9-5 job. There will be a point that they finally realize that they can’t quit their job. The best way is to find a job that allows you to work anywhere you want. For example, you can get a digital marketing job which allows you to work anywhere you and all you need is internet access and a laptop. You will be able to have more time and a lot of flexibility in work schedule. Not only that being a digital marketer is currently a highly paid job, you can also have complete control over how many hours you would like to work.
Reason #2: Risk involved to transition from your daily job to a musician
Some might think that it is better to quit your daily job slowly once your music career is going great but you will feel “trapped” because of financial security.
For example, if you are making about fifty thousands dollar each year from your job, and have managed to build your music career to ten thousands dollar each year, then you have make a income of sixty thousand dollars each year. This will make it difficult for you to make a decision whether to go to work on your music career and quit your job completely. This will even make the risk more uncomfortable for those musicians who are married and have kids.
Now you know that have a “Plan B” isn’t really a great option, you might be asking yourself what to do if that is the case.
In order to have a successful music career, you need to study how the music industry operates. By understand it, you will be able to come out with a better strategy to reach your goal faster. In order to build a successful music career, it requires you a lot of effort and also commitment.
Second, you need to be careful about taking advice from other people who have lack of experience in the music industry. This is usually our family members who want to give us the best advice to make it happen. In reality, it is very rare that you get advice about how to be a successful musician.
Here are some of the characteristics of a great “Plan B” that you can apply.
1 . Your backup plan needs to be flexible. You need to have the ability to decrease the time you spend working on your Plan B and increase the time to work on Plan A.
2. Your plan should be passive. For example, your Plan B consists of passive income streams that you need to only work on it once. For example, you can build a website that generates leads online which then you can sell it to local businesses.
3. You need to make your plan related to music. For example, you can become a piano or singing teacher, you can easily conduct your own workshops with performance of your latest music and etc.
I hope that you are able to apply the tips and trick that I have shared with you in this article. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and I’ll personally reply you.