Cristina, let me get to a computer so I don’t make a fool of myself typing typos on this phone and I’ll give you some in depth insight on this. I’m an Indy artist with two worldwide released albums with my 3rd nearly complete. I’ve toured all over and make my money solely from music, first and foremost as an artist and a record/mix/master guy second. The “second” job is the job that floats me a little extra cash. The artist part pays my bills.
You have so many ways to make money in music. Publishing, selling songs, works for hire, jingles, commercials, short films, radio commercials…you get the idea. Stuff like that gets you even more bread while you pursue the dream of finding where your secret sauce may be used best. Or, maybe the stuff I talked about can BE where you want or need to be.
I can say this though, the more involved you get, the harder it is on you. Deadlines, record companies, handling your affairs so you don’t get screwed, affording attorney’s, learning to trust attorney’s, and most importantly, knowing as much as you can about the music business before you even move on from your day gig.
The other side of the coin is, branding your idea of “extra something”. There are many roads you can take but you have to choose the right one for what you want to do, and make sure it’s right. I look back now and it’s all a job. When you do it on your own without people up your butt with deadlines and stress, you love it. When you bring those things into the equation, you just may find out that the greener grass you THINK you may see, is actually just a puddle of mud.
Art, in my opinion cannot be rushed. And there are times when you are rushed, end up incomplete and feeling like crap because of it. I’m not saying that’s the case for me totally, but it’s been really brutal on me at times. So much so I’ve considered working for someone else numerous times and calling it a day. I’m so sick.of late night hours and dedication to something that may not go as planned or ever love me back. These are some my thoughts at times. Other times, I look up and thank Jesus for helping me to get where I am.
In closing, I’m not saying anything to deter your dreams, but you really do want to think about this before you change your world. Have some serious savings and a back up plan because you will probably starve like I did for a few years until you learn your way around and find yourself; while coming up with ways to market properly.
My advice to you? Keep that day job for as long as you can and when your income from music rivals what you make there or exceeds it, then make the move. Right now in this world if we have a job with consistent income, it’s best not to make waves unless you have all your ducks in a row. Think about music as a slot machine. Sometimes you hit sometimes you fail. Another way to look at it realistically is this.
Look at it like loaning money to a friend. When you loan money, you do so accepting you may never get that money back. You don’t do the loan if you don’t have the money to lose. Music is like that. You don’t take the chance if you can’t afford a total loss. Now if you got you a sugar momma, by all means go for it. Lol! I say that because I do. Haha!
My fiance is thankfully in a great situation. She keeps pestering me to close my studios and just do the artist thing. In that situation, I could take the chance but honestly, I’m happy with my life right now and the fact that I make more than her. LMAO! (It is nice to know she would have my back though as I would have hers if she wanted to try a business) I’m not a big star or any star at all. I’ve done better than quite a few, have seen the world a bit, made money, paid billls and feel blessed to be in the situation I’m in. Any bigger and I really think I’d not be happy. More later…forgive any typos.