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Careers in the Music Industry - Getting Into a Music Career


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The year may be different, but some things about the music business are still the same. One must find the right door to make it in successfully. You may be a singer, songwriter, dancer, or a music technician. Getting your start in the music industry can be a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

If you have followed the music industry over the years, then this is no secret. In certain circumstances, it is as much who you know as it is what you know. That is the “mystique" of the music business.

The entertainment business has changed. There are more ways for musical artists to break into the biz. They seem to be springing up from everywhere. Shows like “American Idol" started the reality show craze to find new talent. It's like “Star Search" gone wild.

Technology has advanced as well. Music used to be available on vinyl records or eight-track tapes. Now, there are CD's, mp3 players, cell phones with music capabilities, and other electronic ways to hear and capture music. With new advances come more jobs for technicians who want to try their hand at laying tracks and creating new sounds.

Even with all of this, one has to be creative to break into the music business. It is a challenge but if music is in your blood, you will find a way. Start with your education.

No one wants to hear that an education is important. We all heard that speech in high school. Well, it's true. And, education in the arts is more sophisticated than you think. You won't be sitting in a stuffy classroom all day listening to a Ben Stein-esque teacher quote music theory.

To get the most from your college education, you need to be sure that the professors have had practical experience in the music industry and that they keep current with music trends. The class sizes are small enough that you get hands-on time with the equipment. Both of these things will benefit you when you look for a job.

Beyond education, get your name out there. Free Internet sites like MySpace and YouTube can be used to your advantage. Create a page and upload videos of your work. If you are a sound mixer, broadcast new sounds. Copyright your work so that no one can steal it from you. Millions of people surf the net so you never know who might discover your talent.

Everyone wants a permanent job over temporary work. It is steady income that puts food on the table and pays the bills. But, consider contract work as a way to gain experience and make industry contacts. Music videos are staffed on a job by job basis. You can get work on one of these productions.

Treat your contract work as a once in a lifetime shot. You will be there for the duration of the job, so make every moment count. Show them what you can do. Follow all instructions to the letter and, if there is an opportunity to make a suggestion, offer a bit of your artistic creativity. Grandstanding is not necessary. In fact, it may get you booted out. Your bosses want to see that you work hard and know how to do the job efficiently.

Gain more experience through your church. Yes, I said church. Many churches these days are high tech. They record their services including the musical worship for sale to members and on the Internet. Music technicians are needed to facilitate the production and to create the multimedia output. The gospel music industry is booming, too.

Don't sell yourself short. Use all avenues to gain experience for that ultimate music job that you seek. A resume filled with a variety of work experience is a plus.

With a wide variety of ways to get music jobs people are finding opportunities around every corner. The advancement of technologies and the popularity of reality television have opened doors to those who didn't think it possible to follow their dreams. Careers in music are not hard to get if you continue with schooling and gain helpful hands-on experience. Lisa Jenkins, a freelance writer for, has done research on getting into the music industry and offers insightful information on music producer jobs and just about every other type of job in the business.


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