Ten things every artist should know

Written by Georgia Doll. Posted in FEATURES

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Published on October 28, 2017 with No Comments

If you’re here, you’re probably an artist. Not just any artist, either: An artist that is looking for more ways to excel and grow within your artistry. A big chunk of excelling is by being educated on how to move and establish relationships. Majority of the things (if not all) listed in this article are things you already know, but sometimes we just need to be reminded.

Now, will you get signed to a major label or booked for an overseas tour immediately after reading this article? Ehh, the chances are slim, BUT this article is to give direction on where to start or what to correct in order to get to the next level.

Let’s begin with the very first thing you should know, shall we?

1. No one owes you anything (just how you owe no one anything)

Using terms like “Bro,” “Sis,” and wait….. my all time favorite (not really) “Homie” won’t make someone want to do something for you. No matter how many times you like their post and comment fire and “100” emojis under their videos, that does not mean they are entitled to repost your Apple Music link, spin your single in the club, or anything for that matter. Now, would it be appreciated? Of course it would, but keep that mindset when you find yourself disappointed that your friend who’s sort of plugged in on Instagram didn’t repost your debut project. It’s okay, bro (or sis), just keep going.

2. Nothing happens overnight.

Take a trip down memory lane and reflect on how long you’ve been making music. Now reflect on right now: You’ve made progress from then to now, and that same progress is what makes your story. Don’t settle for a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ career.

3. Find your sound, perfect it, and stay true to it.

You owe that much to yourself. From your voice and vocals, quality engineering/mastering, dope beats, and more. It all results back to your music and your sound.

4. Know your worth.

If you’re a group or trio and you pay to perform at a show and the DJ only has one mic, someone cheated you and your group out of an experience. If you came early to soundcheck and was the last person to touch the mic, speak up and demand your respect. If you didn’t win a competition and you know you had the hottest track of all time, seek feedback as to what you need to work on so you can grow and progress, don’t just be defeated and clueless as to where to go from there.

5. Support those who support you.

Also, recognize the ones who are just around just to be around. Your team of supporters need to feel supported by you. It’s not a one-way street where only you gain and they give. Small things go a long way like sending a good morning text or motivational quote to the group message or reposting your friends event they’ve worked hard to put together. Besides, it’s no fun when you’re the only person in your circle winning.

6. Invest in your career. Don’t be cheap.

What you put in is what you will get out. Sometimes the investments you make today is for long-term success and isn’t something you can physically measure, but know that’s the price you pay. According to IFPI, in order to break an artist in a major market it requires a budget of at least $500,000, and sometimes as much as $2 million to make it happen. Investing isn’t always about how much money you paid someone for a service, but how much time, hard work, and relationships you’ve built.

7. It’s not always what you know, but who you know. Just don’t expect them to do EVERYTHING for you.

One thing that sets other artists apart from the rest are the countless amount of connections they’ve gained. Who cares if you have a publicist, manager, image consultant, photographer, personal assistant, main DJ, and a village of support. YOU have to also put in work and not solely depend on your team to only bring back victories for you.

If you don’t have a team established yet, it’s okay. You have to be that person who is your manager, personal assistant, and more until you gain genuine people who are skilled to assist you make your dreams come true. In the meantime, get out here and meet people, build relationships (genuine ones), and learn something from people who are in a position to help you.

8. Pay attention to details. Even the small ones.

Believe it or not, but people, especially in the industry, appreciate it when you show attentiveness.

9. Establish and build a relationship with people.

All too often while I’m out at a showcase, event, or just simply running errands an artist will walk up to me and pass out their CD, card, or flyer without making eye contact or holding a conversation with me. Don’t expect people to bump your music, purchase your album, or attend your shows when you haven’t given them the respect to even establish a relationship with you. I mean really, would you take someone’s CD if they just handed it to you and didn’t even make an effort to introduce themselves or ask you to support their movement?

This also goes for links to your music. Don’t just text someone the link to your song and that’s it. Can I get a good afternoon greeting, too?

10. Don’t expect handouts. Work for it.

You ever hear people brag about how much they “put someone on?” Yea….. don’t be that person they’re speaking of. Work hard so no one can say they were the ultimate reason for your success. And to clear the entire negative connotation of “putting people on,” if you think about it, someone helped you get to a certain part in life just like you helped someone exceed in some part of their lives as well. That’s what makes the world go around, so no need to brag about something you did which was meant to be genuine.

Know that your journey isn’t like anyone else’s, so your story won’t be like anyone else’s, either. Keep planning and executing. We at the DramaLikeTheDJ team have faith in you!

Blogged by: @Georgia_Doll

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