One of the most underrated things or subjects in the world is the sounds that we make. Think about a life with no audio communication! Of course, for many – this is a reality. However, the point still stands – we take a lot of what we hear or what is said for granted. Imagine a life without no radio, no music, no podcasts, no speech? Nothing! It’d be pretty boring! While we are quite often attracted to visuals and visual media gives us a lot, it is the world of audio that provides us with a huge amount of depth and meaning. Who are we without our songs, our poetry, our audiobooks and our radio? It’s hard to say – but with the amount of media we consume, cutting out audio would be a huge loss.
Now, audio is a passion for many. You might speak the word of poetry; you might air your views, you might record your hot takes down, you might sing your songs. These could be almost a reality, or still sitting in the back of your mind. The thing is this; you should make your audio passions and hobbies a reality. There are people who want to listen to you!
We have to come to a reality check at this point – there’s no issue with picking up an instrument and going at it, but some things will always be easier for others than it is for yourself. For instance, it’s going to be easier for an experienced guitarist to record himself and make songs that it will be for someone with zero knowledge of the instrument and the musical theory behind the instrument. If you have a passion for audio, pursue the course that you are best at, and the one that interests you the most. Don’t make it into a reality until you have mastered your art! It takes time, but these things do. There is no fast track option, you either stick to your craft and carve something into reality, or you give up. This could take years, months or days – but you need to give it time. You’ll know when you’re there.
Now, with music – you might want to keep a hold onto your material until you are certain that it is the best that it can be. This is because unlike other forms of audio, there is so much further to fall with music. A bad release to start off your music career might ruin you and your confidence, so be careful http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/when-to-release-your-album-month-by-month.html. The difference is that music is a harder talent and skill than the other areas of audio – people only start really ‘creating’ with music or even spoken word after years of hard work – whereas broadcasters create from day one and go up from that point. If you’re into music, stick at it. You’ll get there eventually.
If you want to turn your passions for music in reality, come back to this article after practice, because that’s all it will take. Practice your chosen craft daily and don’t let up at it. Test yourself with new skills and push the boundaries. Learn the music theory behind the music you are playing to deepen your knowledge. Learn the in’s & out’s of both songwriting and music production. Eventually, you’ll be in a position where you can upload your music and start out with sites like https://www.indiesound.com. A big problem is many artists view of ‘being signed’ – which means nothing. Yes, you get an advance, yes, you get promoted – but these are all things that any good musician can do themselves with time and effort. Being signed by a record label isn’t always the fantasy people believe it to be. If you’re good enough, your music will be enough to lead the way – and if it isn’t right now, it will be with hard work. Playing music isn’t an easy career choice!
Music isn’t the be all and end all of audio passions, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re in a broadcasting boom right now, and that’s where our next two hobbies intertwine – broadcasting and podcasting. If you wanted views, music or discussion – you used to have to tune into a local radio station and that was your slice of the broadcast pie! That’s all you were getting access to! The history of the podcast is slightly complex, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_podcasting, but it mostly means broadcasting to portable devices – like the iPod! Radio has become more accessible than ever before, thanks to radio applications, internet radio and podcasts and plenty who start out on their own podcasting from their home or a studio usually end up on other forms of media. The Last Podcast on the Left – a black comedy podcast found themselves on Adult Swim and one of their hosts even handles some of the news on Fox News. Aaron Mahnke who made the Lore podcast has seen that spin off into an Amazon original series! Plenty of people who started out with their big ideas have seen massive success and this podcasting boom shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, people are starting to listen to podcasts at double speed just to listen to as many as they can. It’s not a good idea, but it shows people love these things. Mahnke says that to succeed, it’s moreso about the story you are telling rather than the equipment, so plan well – before you get into the nuts and bolts of things. People start off with Blue Snowball mics at about 70 bucks and you can too. Just develop your idea well and plan everything out. Be consistent with your podcast as well. The best radio shows do not take days off, and that is why they are the best.
There are plenty of ways that you can earn a living from audio passions, but only if you devote care towards your craft. People can smell half-assed work from a mile off. Don’t give in and always look to improve – so that you can make your passions and interests a reality.