We totally understand all of the work that it actually takes to be a Do It Yourself (DIY) Musician. Everything that needs to get done falls on your shoulders all at the same time of having to write songs and perform them. A lot of stress comes from this, but also a lot of reward when you do it right. So, how do you know when you’re not the person to be a DIY musician? There are a few clues that might make a light go off.
Part of the music industry is being criticized and rejected. You’re not going to play your first gig at Madison Square Garden. You’re also not going to play your first gig at the hottest club in or around your hometown. It’s going to take a lot of trial and error. It is going to take a lot of hard work to develop a strong brand and a great game plan. You need to truly work your way from the bottom and aim for the top. You have to be able to handle yourself in a professional manor. You are going to be told “No.” You’re going to be told that people don’t like your music and that’s ok. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you can’t handle that not every venue is going to open the door for you and the every one won’t love you, take a back seat.
Even in the “real world”, if you can’t multi-task, being a DIY musician is not the thing for you. You will be the Manager, Booking Manager, Publicist, Song writer, musician, promoter and every other person needed to run a successful music campaign.
If you don’t like talking to people, hand over the spot of DIY musician. If you want to get any where in this business, you have to network with people. Yes, this means talking to everyone and anyone. The more people you connect with, the easier it will be to get your band out there. The more you talk with other people, they more people will know your band, even if they just know of your band.