Is Music Your Life?
- a guest blog (in part) by producer/engineer Sean Gregory of TRH Music Group
You can find Sean’s blog in its entirety on his Site.
“Music is my life” is one of the most common statements I hear from people these days; however, most of the time I’m not entirely convinced. Every day when we get out of bed, we automatically go to work on the things that are most important to us. Or at least the things we’ve been conditioned to believe are most important to us. These are the activities that take up our time and dominate our focus. Whether or not it’s truly what we want to be doing is irrelevant, it’s what we’ve become programmed to do.
So, if you think music is your life, then here’s a couple questions you can ask yourself to find out for sure:
1. How much of your time every day is spent on your music career?
Once you determine this, take a moment to compare it to how much time you spend on other activities. Be really honest with yourself here and be careful not to blur the lines between recreational internet use and business use (networking with fans or industry professionals, booking a tour, booking studio time, etc.) or doodling on an acoustic guitar verses time spent on actual songwriting. You may be surprised to find that you’re not putting forth as much effort as you thought you were. There may be some other things that are consuming more of your time than your music.
2. How much of your financial resources do you put toward your music career?
Again, it’s a matter of becoming aware of where your priorities lie based on how you’ve been conditioned. Take a look at your spending habits. How much money do you put toward your music business expenses verses other items and activities?
I once worked with a band that insisted music was their life. They came in with a very low budget to do some recording and over the course of the project I couldn’t help but notice how much all of them smoked. If a pack of smokes is $8, then it’s $12 for one and half packs. Multiply that by 30 and it comes to $360 per month. Multiply that by 4 band members and that equals $1,440 per month that they’re spending on cigarettes. Through our conversations I found out a couple of them spent between $50 and $75 a week on dope. I also estimated that these guys were collectively spending somewhere between $500 and $700 per month on alcohol. When you do the math, all of this adds up to over $30,000 per year that they’re spending on cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. Do you think music is their life? Me neither.
I know that’s a pretty extreme example, but I kid you not, this was their reality. Imagine what you could accomplish with $30,000 at your disposal. You’d have more money to put into pro recordings, marketing, radio trackers and essentially build a team of professionals around your band and your brand.
Only you can decide for yourself what’s truly important in your life. It can be easy for us to get distracted by other things that take us away from what we really want to be doing, so I think it’s important to sit down every now and again and be brutally honest with yourself.
To your success!