Do you feel that you are a musician who is good enough to break through, but you find life gets in the way of actually achieving your dreams? If so, you are not alone! This lack of focus is very common in the world of artistic disciplines, simply because your mind races so much from one innovative idea to the next. What you need to do is find a way to become more focused on your goals, and one way to do that is to complete a music business major. The following tips will help you to have a greater chance of success.
Create a Picture Board of Your Goals
Picture boards are very good tools to keep you focused, because they are visual tools. It doesn’t matter whether you actually use images, or whether you simply write words down, so long as you have a visual representation that is S(pecific) M(easurable) A(ttainable) R(ealistic) T(imley), or SMART.
Write down what you want, how you want it, and by when you want it. Set yourself a realistic deadline and stick to it. This will give you drive and motivation, and will instantly make it clear to you that music is, in fact, business, and that business comes first.
Keep your picture board somewhere where you will see it every day, and add information to it in terms of achieving your goals. Interestingly, it has been shown that people who do this often achieve an end result that was even better than what they had hoped for.
Work Every Day
Writing your goals down is just the first step in making your dreams come true. But doing only that, and looking at them, is not going to magically materialize a music career for you. Rather, you have to make sure that you do something every day to actually reach your goals. This is why your goals should be SMART, as you won’t be able to complete them any other way. Whatever your goal is, you need to work at it. Action is the only real way to make your dreams come true, and it will also empower you to do more if you start to see you’re achieving your SMART goals. You may even have to create a new picture board before you know it.
Work with a Mentor
When you attend music school, it is likely that you will be able to find a really good mentor. Your school may assign you one, but it is even better for you to find one yourself. Look at your picture board and ask yourself what kind of skills are needed to make those dreams come true. Perhaps you need to be a better business person, in which case your mentor could be your music business tutor. Perhaps you have to become better at hearing the pitch of a song, in which case you should choose a musically trained mentor, or a musician for instance.