How To Start A Career In The Music Industry

Starting a career in the music industry seems like a pipe dream to some people. However, thousands of jobs are available for those with the right talents. You just need to choose an area of the industry that is suited to your skills. Setting your sights on becoming a pop star is probably a little too ambitious. Even so, you could score a top supporting role if you network with the right people. In most instances, you don’t need any official qualifications. As with many other industries, it’s often who you know rather than what you know that encourages success.

Choose your desired role

Firstly, you need to make a shortlist of roles that seem appealing to you. Maybe you want to play instruments on the next big albums to hit the charts? Well, you just need to read some session musician tips and make the right moves. In most circumstances, getting in touch with the owners of recording studios is a good idea. Some of you might want to become sound or light engineers. Again, you just need to speak with the most influential people. In that instance, it makes sense for you to network with people who already work in the job.

Offer to help in any way you can

Nobody is going to make you a sound engineer without experience. That means you need to learn the job before you can score a decent role. As with any other industry, you have to start at the bottom. Get in touch with relevant companies and offer to provide labor. Music crews always need people to unload equipment from the vans and take it to the venue. Likewise, there’s usually lots of work available at the end of the night doing the opposite. Even if you have to make hot drinks for a few months, you’re getting your foot in the door.

Go above and beyond the call of duty

Getting ahead will mean you need to attract the attention of the right people. So, it’s a good idea to help more than you need to and go the extra mile. People who slack and spend time smoking outside the venue are never going to progress. You need to show the people in charge that you are 100% committed to working in the role. That is the case, regardless of which jobs you find most appealing. Even those who work in recording studios will have to become geeky about their jobs. You must understand every element of the process to ensure you can produce the best results.


Whatever happens, we hope you manage to find work in the music industry. Remember, you don’t have to play an instrument or go on tours to earn a living. There are plenty of pen-pushing office jobs available at top record companies. Plan your strategy today and keep your eyes on the prize. You’ll need lots of enthusiasm to impress the right people and progress in your career. You’ll also need to have an obvious love and understanding of music.


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