At the thought of carving a career in music, many people want to be the performer who is the front man which isn’t bad. However, the journey to becoming a big artist and taking the centre stage does not always come easy.
It is encouraged for upcoming artists to diversify along their career path while waiting for the big stage, because it gives an edge and the opportunity to learn from already established artists.
There is more to a career in music than just performing. The level of competition in the industry is high and as such to enjoy more opportunities as an upcoming artist, you need to be versatile. Here are some opportunities an upcoming artist can leverage:
- SESSION MUSICIAN.
As an upcoming artist, you can offer to work as a backup singer for other musicians. It gives you the freedom to earn extra cash and dabble into different styles, genres and sounds. As a session musician you get to meet and create long lasting relationships with other musicians.
Also if you are good at what you do, the path to making a career in the music industry will not be a wish but a reality, giving you better grounds to earn rewards and eventually start your solo career.
Most celebrities were once backup singers like Sherly Crow who was backup singer for Michael Jackson.
- MUSIC TEACHER.
Teaching music can take different forms which includes; teaching at a music school, music shop or being an independent private instructor. As a music teacher you can either teach a specific instrument or teach the theory aspect of music.
- MUSIC RE-MAKER.
A music remaker is another avenue for upcoming artists to leverage. The responsibility of a music remarker is to take a piece of already written music and reorganize it to achieve a new sound, beat or goal.
For example, a client might ask that you take a pop piece and add a Mexican rhythm, change the key or increase or shorten the piece. Exzie helps you earn royalty for the content you remade. You can lease for a period of time and still retain exclusive rights. A music remaker can freelance or work for bands because it is a specialized skill.
- MUSIC COMPOSER.
A music composer has the responsibility of writing and arranging recorded or live music across different genres and has all the technical capabilities to capture his/her compositions effectively.
They are not in any way tied to the music industry alone but can also write for TV and film. All that is required in this field is a holistic understanding of music theory and the ability to play one or more instruments.
In conclusion, we must reiterate that the competition in the industry is high. However, you need not panic because that’s not a winning strategy. If you hone your craft well, network with the right people and put in the work, whichever career path you choose will be successful.