Is the music industry that difficult to get into? Well, it all depends. If you have tons of talent, the knowledge to know what to do, the will to sacrifice, the right people around you, the right support system, are in the right places at the right time, etc…etc…etc… Then it’s a piece of cake. You’re in with little problems and you will do quite well…. Now, that’s the “all things coming up roses” side of things. But really, how many aspiring singers, songwriters, composers, will have all of these things going on at one time and just breeze through the true ups and downs of trying to make it in the music industry. To be honest with you, it’s hard work and may not pan out. But if you are doing it for the love of it, then even if it doesn’t work out, you still feel good about yourself because you did it out of love for music.
But, of course, I know you would still be disappointed. Aren’t we all? Who of us doesn’t think that we sing better than that established artist or write better songs than that Grammy winning songwriter or compose better music than……ok, you know where I’m going with this. But you know what? If you didn’t think that way, then you wouldn’t be trying to make it in this industry in the first place. Something that we need to realize in this industry is that many times we need to give up something in order to get our foot, or even a toe, in the door. For instance, let me tell you a true story.
I was at a seminar one time with a panel of well-known artists, producers and songwriters. A young girl who was there, said that she wrote a song and sent it to an established publisher. The publisher liked her song and sent her a contract. Just imagine how excited she must have been. But wait a second; the contract had additional names as writers on that song. So she asked the panel “why should I sign that contract when there are other names included as writers but I wrote the song by myself?” Do you know what the panel said? They asked her if she was planning on writing other songs. Of course she said yes. They then told her in that case… sign the contract. To make a long story short, they explained that as a newbie in the industry this will happen. But as you become known you gain leverage because when your name is listed along with established writers, it shows you have your foot in the door. And as more people hear your established work you will be able to bargain your own deals. You see, as the saying goes “10 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing at all.”