The music industry is known for being particularly difficult, countless amounts of musicians struggle with the pressures and expectations that come with working in the business. Many end up giving up which is completely understandable due to demands of being an aspiring musician but if you are determined to make it through and make it a livable career here are a few tips to help you out.

It’s natural to find inspiration in others especially in a creative industry, we aspire to be our greatest role models and that’s great but it’s important not to put pressure on yourself to be on the same level at least not as a beginner. This is much easier said than done, we can’t help but compare ourselves and feel our work isn’t good enough. The problem with this is that it can seriously damage your career, any motivation or inspiration to write and play will disappear.

As long as you continue to make the music you want to make and work hard to get it heard then you do not need to focus on what other musicians are achieving. Your music may be different and your career path may take a different route but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful.

Along the same lines to keep from getting yourself in a rut make sure you’re experimenting with your music. You can get tired and bored very easily if you’re writing the same kind or material or performing the same songs. To relieve some of that stress and pressure to make things perfect try doing something different whether you switch up equipment or genres or where you write, whatever it may be make sure you’re always trying new things to avoid your music becoming repetitive.

You began writing and performing music out of passion and enjoyment so if you’re ever feeling like everything is getting too stressful make sure you go back to that, even if you just have a session playing around with different music away from work life. You may just create something that triggers some new ideas or inspiration.

Something that can be extremely difficult as a musician is staying optimistic, as I mentioned before that business is difficult and with rejections and high demands of artists this can be a struggle. Many musicians who have been in the industry for a while will tell you that it does get easier with time and experience so it’s important to stay positive and to continue to work on your music even if things don’t always go to plan. It was never going to be easy and I’m sure you knew that before signing up for the job, just focus on the future and working to better yourself and your music.

We’ve spoken a lot about ambition and planning your career to achieve your goals, if you would like to read our blog on the topic head over to To be able to handle the industry you must have goals, big or small you need something to work for whether it’s a particular job or to just simply hit a certain skill level, whatever it is have it in your mind whenever you’re struggling.