When we hear about music industry, we think about bog artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other popular bands and musicians. When we follow their social media accounts, we also follow their journey. However, these popular musicians don’t encapsulate the reality of music industry, which is not solely about beautiful things like major records, tour and concerts.

Indie artists usually gain their fame when a major producer notices their talents. But before becoming big star, it’s all about performing in little bars and doing gigs. There are artists who want to make it big like the popular artists we know now, and there are also those who whose sole purpose is to improve their music no matter what kind of audience they have, big or small.

If you have dreams of making it to the music industry where you get to record your songs in a studio and produced by major record label, you have to know these 5 things about music industry.

You Won’t Make it if You Won’t Do It

Professionals in the music industry like agents, managers, producers and labels are attracted to musicians who work hard and accomplish things on their own. In this generation, there’s no excuse for aspiring musicians to promote their music.

We have Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for indie artists to post their songs and stories online. Bands, solo artists and song writers have the opportunity to generate audience and engagement because of these tools.

If you want to step up your career, do something about it. No matter how special or talented you are, these professionals won’t give you the ticket to stardom if they don’t see any initiative. If you want others to help you, help yourself first.

Don’t Be Blinded by the Glamour

Music videos, news shows, concert videos and magazines have all the glamour and hype. Don’t be blinded by this glamour. Music business is not an easy path to wealth. The yacht, mansions and success stories are most of the time a spun to make the business looks like it’s easy to get there and be successful.

If you only want to be there for the money, there’s a quicker path to it. As a musician, it will take a very long time before you can make a comfortable living. Focus yourself on making quality music and that can also help you pay your bills.

Learning is More Important than Earning

Most of the stories we heard from aspiring musicians are about their anticipation of how they’re going to get paid before they gain any experience. These people always grumble and complaining about not getting paid, or conducting tutorials for free.

But, experience is the most important thing you need to have in order to gain respect from professional musicians. Experience is the best kind of payment you’ll get. The more experience you have, the greater chance you’ll get to being paid. So, when you’re a beginner it’s not always about how much you earn but rather on what you learn. These experiences will help you survive in the music industry.

Music is Never Free

When you have invested time and money in writing your songs, recording it, producing it and selling on the market, don’t ever give it for free. All those precious hours and thousands of dollars won’t be worth it if you give your songs for free.

Pursuing a career in music industry is never easy. It will take you sweat and blood to finally being listened to in local radios and music boards. Nothing is free, let people know it. If you’re talking to people about your music, let them know about the amazing people you worked with, its quality and the effort you put to record it.

Contracts Are Being Negotiated

Someday, somehow after all the effort you spent on creating quality music, contract offers will come to you. However, if one is presented to you don’t quickly jump into it like that offer isn’t coming back. Contracts are always being negotiated.

Don’t sign anything that you don’t understand and agree on. If you also feel rushed and pressured to sign the contract, don’t sign it. Even though you’ve been waiting for it for quite a while, spend time thinking about it and how it can go on.

Also, remember that contracts are agreements forms that are drafted on the benefit of other party, and it’s a starting point for negotiations. Companies also are ready to make concessions and negotiations with you. If they are persistent to make business with you, then they see that you have a big potential and contracts can be change.

One more thing to remember: music industry will never give you what you deserve, but what you negotiate for.

Venturing into the music industry as an indie artist will take a lot of effort, so you better do what you’re best at and give your best. Be passionate, but also observer. Business is business. Know the things that matter and know the things that don’t. more importantly, don’t let anyone ruin your confidence and talent.