Is music your passion? Is it all you dream about? Is it what you want to do with the rest of your life? Your dream “job”?

Or is it just a hobby? A lot of people will say music is their passion. They want to be a rock or rap star but in reality it’s just a hobby.

In this article and podcast I’m going to dig into the question, “Is music your goal or just a hobby?”.

The fact of the matter is, unbeknownst to most, music is just a hobby for them. They think they are the “real deal” but they invest little time and little or no money into it.

Do you think you have the best product in the world? Do you think you have the best song anyone has ever heard? Think you’re the next big Drake or Justin Bieber?

Are you a “sure thing” and perfect investment for a record label?

A lot of people are waiting for someone to bang their door down with a record contract. They just want, want, want. Most will write 1 song and think they’re a rock or pop or rap star and that everyone should treat them like that. That is wrong on so many levels.

Do You Invest In Your Music?

It’s easy to tell see the difference between the serious musicians from the “wannabes” by their dedication to their craft and career.

If you aren’t investing serious time and money into your career then music is just a hobby for you.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. How much time will I invest in practicing, writing songs, booking gigs, promoting my music – EVERY day?
2. How much focus do I have? Am I thinking 24/7 about song ideas and how I can grow my music brand (that is you!)
3. How much energy will I give? Are you willing to sacrifice going to parties and just hanging out so that you can work on music?
4. How much money will I invest in my career?

You need to invest money into your career.

This always boggles young naive musician’s minds. They want to be big pop rock rap stars and get fame and fortune. They want record labels to invest thousands of dollars into their career and yet they won’t invest in themselves.

Makes no sense. Do you believe in your music? Do you believe in your songs? Do you believe in your skills? Then why aren’t you investing in yourself?

Think of your music as a business because it is.

Businesses don’t grow and become popular by waiting for people to come along. They invest. They invest in promotion and advertising and spreading the word.

If you don’t have the money to invest in your career then you need to put even more time and effort into it.

If music is your goal (not just a hobby) then you should be treating it like a full-time job. How many hours do you work on your music per day now?

Maybe music is just a hobby for you now but you want to make it full-time.  Use the money from your “regular” job and invest in your music.

Spend your money wisely on things that will boost your career.

Marketing – music promotion, equipment, merchandise… you have to get the word out and promote yourself.

The bottom line is this. If you aren’t seriously investing in your music (time and money) then your music passion is just a hobby. Music as a hobby is a great thing. Just don’t expect record labels to show up at your door with boat loads of cash to invest in your music when you won’t.

How GigFaster Can Help

Look, I know you have a limited supply of time and money. That is why I created GigFaster. It will save you tons of time and is the price of a couple of burritos.

With GigFaster, you get help booking gigs and promoting your music. GigFaster’s database has thousands of contacts across over one hundred music genres.

It’s easy for you to get connected with a venue or promoter.  We also have hundreds of independent record labels to submit to. Start your free trial today.

Remember, if you want to succeed, never quit!


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Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps indie artists book more gigs, promote their music and submit to record labels @ GigFaster and GigFaster University . His latest release is his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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  • I’m an independent recording artist who has been out of the gigging circut for a while but I want to get back in the market. I have released a new CD and finding it difficult to interest agents in representing me to get me gigs. Can you hepl?

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