My bio says that I started in the music industry when I was 9 years old and would carry my uncle’s equipment. What about my step into entrepreneurial music business?
I started a record label. Our mission was successful. Take a town with little to no publicized hip-hop scene and turn it into a town where artists could get shows, media was calling, and fans were purchasing. We stopped the record label around the time I moved so that artists and everyone involved could go their separate ways, but, I want to prove something here.
What right did I have to play expert and start a record label? Record labels take vast knowledge of the industry and up until that point I just knew how to market an artist (very well I might add). The truth? I didn’t know what I was doing 100% of the time, all I had was a dream and an obtainable goal in mind.
There is never a perfect time to go for something, if you spend your life waiting until you’ve learned enough, or you’ve planned enough, you will never get anywhere. I made plenty of mistakes along the way, I put money into things I didn’t necessarily need and purchased glossy flyers when matte would’ve done just fine. I’m glad I did these things though, I learned greatly from them. Running my record label gave me the knowledge to pay attention to every detail, delegate, and all around get things done.
But that doesn’t matter. The most important thing that it taught me was this:
If you have a dream and you don’t pursue it NOW, you can’t expect it to come.
Will certain things not work out? Yes, and you make adjustments and carry on. You can’t find out what works if you don’t learn what does not first.
If you want to work with someone, why are you waiting? You should contact them as soon as possible! But, make sure you are networking properly, don’t just ask them to do something for you… that’s bad business. Want to release an album? Why aren’t you working on it? As an artist you’re never below anyone or anything, so long as you take action.
Do something for yourself today so you can make it count tomorrow.