There is no doubt about it, there is a high price of entry into the music industry. It’s made up of paying for studio time, buying/renting equipment, or even gas money to get back and forth from meetings.
This article is extremely near and dear to my heart, because when I first started in the industry I faced this problem. I had just quit my job to focus on making it in the music industry. I quickly learned that the money you save up goes 3x as fast as you saved it. So what was I to do?
Find A Hustle:
One morning I woke up and I checked my savings account balance. I was down to my last $43. I knew I had to do one of two things: put my dream on the back-burner and go get a 9-5 job, or find a hustle. Which one do you think I did (or really, actually wanted to do)? Hustle.
I began to think of ways to make money, while still staying involved in the industry. My first idea was to start selling merchandise. I took $40 out of the $43 I had and went to buy some plain t-shirts that I could put a cool design on. I could only afford eight shirts, but it was a start. I sold all eight the shirts in two days, for $20 a piece, I made $160 – all from a relatively small $40 investment.
About two weeks into selling shirts, people began to ask me to make custom shirts for them too. After about a month of this, I had enough money to invest in my own press machine. Still to this day, I run a custom t-shirt business and my number one clients are musicians.
If you are looking for a way to fund your music career, look for the needs of people in the industry, then find a way to fulfill them.
If drummers are always chipping their drumsticks, sell drumsticks. If guitarists are wearing out their strings, sell guitar strings. In my case, I heard too many people say they needed shirts, so I made them. Provide a fast, easy and most importantly, a convenient solution for people’s problems. Yes, a guitarist can spend as little as $5 on guitar string, but from my experience, they’d rather spend $10 on the spot so they can continue rocking without missing a beat.
Find out what the people around you in the industry need, and provide it. That’s how you fund your path to music success. One minute you’re selling t-shirts, then next you’re selling records