We’ve all done it. Stood in the middle of the bedroom wearing a mish mash outfit of oversized dress and legwarmers, singing at high pitch into a hairbrush microphone. It’s a staple of childhood for regular folks out there. That passion you put into your eight-year-old performance was so that here you stand, ready to leave college after your degree in music technology, with still so much passion for the hairbrush singing girl you used to be. Getting that foot in the door of the music industry is never going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot give it the best shot that you can. It’s time to bin all the music industry self-help books and take a look at our tips below. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have all the tools that you need at your disposal.
Go Local. As you’ve just done a degree in music, you are on track to get your foot in the door of local centers and clubs to start gigging. You need to look at local venues in your community and drum up a little buzz and support about your band or your solo act. Seek out any – and every – chance with all small and large labels and music companies so that you can get your foot in the door with what you can do. Offer your services as a volunteer where you can, as this can give you a very good idea of what you can do in the industry. You can even visit Vampr.me and see where you can link with other industry contacts. It’s down to you and starting locally will help you to have a jumping off point.
Find The Leaders. For every small event in your town, there is someone pulling the strings. Those little local bands that play at the local bars? They’ve got managers. You need to hunt down those power leaders and get to know them. You could offer your services as an intern, offer to volunteer your services as a liaison and you can get to know their contacts in the music industry. They’re likely to help if you outright tell them that you want to learn about the industry, so don’t be shy.
Do More. When you get that foot in the door of the industry that you have coveted for so long, you need to do your tasks and then do more. And more. Showing the people who are in charge that you can master any task put in front of you, and then pre-empting further tasks that they need you to do is going to change how they view you and how you can rise among the ranks. Never be afraid to step forward and speak out if there’s something that you can help with or do. This is how you get noticed.
Whatever you do, once you’ve got through that door you’ve been desperate to get through, don’t blow it! Take your time, go the distance and make it happen for you.