I have been in the business along time. And I would freely admit back when I started, the industry was a different beast, and being an artist had a definite amount of roleplay come with it.
It seems like a cliche, but that was a time when musicians felt like it all had to be done by someone else and all you had to do was keep on turning out the music, everything else was handled by your management.
The hedonistic lifestyle is still portrayed in the media, but really, how much of it is still true today. The music marketplace has become a very competitive area, and it is important to be on top of your game, as someone else just might be more ‘on it’ than you and clinch that gig/deal/contract.
Alas there still seems to be a contingent of talented musicians that are following the DIY approach that havent quite fully made the shift.
Things need to tighten up.
Cheryl B. Engelhardt is a musician and has written an interesting article with basic points to help you to start acting like you are in the business.
Her four very simple points are:
1. Don’t Flake Out
2. Be On Time
3. Craft Your Emails, Don’t Spit Them Out
4. Keep Your Receipts Organized, Finances Clean
So here’s the cold, hard truth: you are in a business now, so play the part. As a musician, I see more responses (which lead to more results) when my communications are clear and professional. I tend to be [annoyingly] persistent, so I want to make sure my messages are not annoying to read or decode. When I’m on the other end of those messages, I have an easier time reading a longer email that is well-written than reading a short-hand email, trying to figure out if the writer meant “there” or “they’re.”
Seems like she has some advice well worth following and reading, i suggest you keep an eye on her and check out her “In The Key Of Success: The 5 Week Jump-Start Strategy,” an incredibly effective, result-oriented eCourse for independent musicians who are serious about breaking through plateaus in their careers.
You can read her full blog post here
and check out her music here http://www.cbemusic.com/