Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music

By Angela Myles Beeching | Go to book overview

Interlude: Fundamental Questions

Clearing the Runway: Removing Obstacles to Your Success

Before venturing further with the practicalities of your music career, there are some larger conceptual issues that need attention. The four questions that follow speak to essentials: motivation, success, community, and meaning. These core issues often go unexamined by musicians. Unfortunately, when left unexamined, these issues can be stumbling blocks on the path to success. Asking yourself these essential questions will help you identify obstacles and clear the path to your future.


1. Why Are You in Music?

Musicians rarely grapple with this crucial question of their motivation. If you take the time to reflect, most likely you will identify a range of reasons why you're involved in music. And your motivations have probably shifted and changed over the years. Re-examining your motivations regularly over the course of your career will help you assess if you're on track, if your investment of time and energy is satisfying. It's good to keep in mind that we're all “works in progress.”


The Motivation Quiz
Checkoff the reasons why you're in music. Add more as needed. Note: there are no
right or wrong answers here, only the value of examining your motivations.
❑ Sheer love of music itself, whether as a listener or as a performer
❑ Passion for making music: the physical, intellectual, and emotional experience

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Prelude: Confessions of a Career Counselor 3
  • 1: Mapping Success in Music 9
  • 2: Making Connections 19
  • 3: Building Your Image 36
  • 4: Expanding Your Impact 68
  • 5: Online Promotion 111
  • Interlude: Fundamental Questions 132
  • 6: Booking Performances like a Pro 141
  • 7: Building Your Reputation, Growing Your Audience 166
  • 8: Connecting with Audiences 187
  • 9: Performing at Your Best 207
  • 10: The Freelance Lifestyle—managing Your Gigs, Time, and Money 234
  • 11: Raising Money for Music Projects 271
  • 12: Getting It Together 291
  • Appendix - More Resources, Please! 315
  • Index 329
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