This was a great article so I had to post it! Too many people take all of these things for granted!
If you want to make a living from music then there are a few things you should take care of, if you do then you may secure a long and prosperous future.
- Your Gear
If you are going to invest in gear then make sure you keep it in good working order, clean, safe and insured. Ask yourself what would happen if you lost your guitar, keyboard, computer or software. That includes protecting your licences with either iLok or other insurance.
- Your Talent
Great musicians are a combination of talent and training. Keep investing in your music collection and in training resources. Good to great is normally achieved by investing in your gift.
- Your Reputation
Yep, we’ve talked about this before. Our industry is a small one, if you make people happy with a great attitude then you’ll get more work. Conversely, I you have a bad attitude then it won’t take long for people to hear about it.
- Your Partners
A little like the point above, make sure you have people you can rely on, be that musicians, engineers or producers, they will help you deliver projects.
- Your Ears
The most important. Too many kids are blowing the sh*t out their ears and destroying their hearing - this wont give anyone a long musical career. Take care of your ears, they may pay your pension when you’re older.
Remember to take care of the things that take care of you.
via: Pro Tools Expert