A wise man named Mark Zuckerberg once said, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” If you want to make it in the music industry, you may have to risk everything—time, effort, money, and sanity.
According to music career coach Tom Hess, successful musicians learn how to provide the most value with the least risk.
Here are some do's and don'ts from Hess to help struggling musicians:
-Do specialize in a single style: rather than spreading yourself too thin and attempting to excel in many unrelated styles. (Unless you desire to become a studio musician).
-Don't waste your time trying to master a particular instrument. Advanced musical skills by themselves will not give you the successful music career.
-Do collaborate: musicians who spend too much time working by themselves often have a hard time working on team-oriented projects, which are needed to advance their careers.
-Don't think that earning advanced college degrees in music with help your career. You're better off saving your tuition money for a tour bus.
-Do stick to only a few bands: the credential of having played in many bands can often be perceived as not being committed to one project.
We're glad the following musicians were risk-takers. Quotation above via rollingstone.com.