It’s 3 a.m. in the morning and most people are sound asleep dreaming of puppy dogs and candy canes. I, on the other hand, am in the middle of a hopeless war between myself and my alarm clock, with that blaring nuisance winning every time. You see, instead of choosing to sleep, curled up in a warm blanket, I am getting ready for work. It’s the only way I can earn money trying to balance school, my music, and a relationship (not to mention a second job).
A lot of people ask me if it’s all worth it – the late nights, the very early mornings, the gapless schedule – is it really worth all that just to help me create my music? One morningI found a few seconds of free time to reflect on this and came up with the answer: YES!
If music is your passion, sacrifice and struggle are just two other instruments you learn how to play. If music truly keeps you going, there are a few things you have to know to keep that fire burning and to keep your craft growing.
#1: Don’t Let Anyone Tell You “NO”
Especially in the music industry, there will always be doubters and skeptics. If your art is truly what drives, you cannot let anyone come in between that passion.
#2: Discomfort is Inescapable
No one said becoming an independent artist is easy. It takes a lot of sacrifice to forge a path, but all the struggles you may face will only strengthen your will and desire.
#3: Your Art is a Business
A lot of people believe that superstardom will fall into their laps if they merely work on their craft. In this day and age that is not enough. Just like a business, there are multiple facets of your art which all must be strengthened.
#4: Branch Out
In this market, it is about who you know, plain and simple. I think the most important thing that you can do for your music is NETWORK! You cannot expect to have everyone on the earth instantly know who you are. Creating relationships between you and other bands, fans, and industry personnel is essential.
#5: Do It For the Passion
If you have enough drive and ambition, there is a place for you as an independent artist. It will take perseverance, dedication and hard work. Most of all, it takes heart.
Stay tuned for my upcoming articles where I break down each observation further and share my personal connection into the independent world.
Tyler Turk is the Co-founder of NorCal Indie Productions, a business dedicated to exposing the independent, artistic talent in the Sacramento area. Turk is also an entertainer himself, working on his fourth self-produced rap album.