Starting your music career is an exciting and intimidating process. New musicians have to deal with a host of issues, both funny and less-than-hilarious, on the path to getting their music out there. Here are seven of the issues you might face as a new musician.
Feeling Like the Odd One Out
After you enter your thirties and friends are starting to settle down, work desk jobs, and have children, it’s easy to feel left behind if you’re working evening open mics and recording music during business hours. Many new musicians feel like they are no longer the same person in their friend group, but keep in mind that your job is just that—your job.
Having a Hard Time Explaining Your Sound
New musicians are familiar with a wide range of music terminology, so talking shop with other musicians is a piece of cake. However, when someone who isn’t very musically inclined asks about your sound, it can be annoying to need to explain it in terms of comparisons to other artists or songs that they haven’t heard of.
Celebrating the Little Things
As a musician who is just starting out, you will need to celebrate the little things to keep the motivation needed to go forward with your career. However, other people might not be as enthusiastic about your three-sentence write up in an online indie blog. That’s okay! Still, take the time to celebrate the little things.
Skipping Social Events
Local musicians often have work hours that overlap with the entertainment and leisure hours of other people. That often means that you will be stuck working when your friends are out bar hopping or at another concert. Try to balance your social life, but realize that your typical weekend plans will change.
Not Having Enough Cash
If you remember what it was like to be a freshman in college, prepare for a similar feeling while you are fresh in your music career. The money you make for shows and merchandise just starting out will be very little compared to your expenses.
Feeling Like an Imposter
Imposter syndrome can strike in any career, but it’s particularly common for new musicians while they struggle to gain traction. Reassure yourself of your talent and keep in mind that the path to success will not always be easy or pleasant.
Wanting to Give Up
Finally, many new musicians struggle with the desire to give up when things get hard. However, many of the most popular bands today had the same struggles and persevered. The question is not always how good you are, but how hard you are willing to work in the face of adversity.
En La Calle Records to Get Your Music Out There
Are you interested in taking your music to the next level? Are you looking for a committed and talented group of like-minded people to collaborate with? Submit your tracks to us online and we’ll give them a listen. Check out our music here or search on iTunes for En La Calle Records and you’ll see why we’re different. To see more of what we’re up to and listen to more of our tracks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.