How Artistes Go through Various Challenges in their Career
A career in music may never be as enticing as it may seem to many people. There are many hurdles that every successful musician or band members must go through as one tries to excel and make it in this industry. There is a lot that happens behind the scenes that many musicians and other members of a music group go through. This can become more difficult if you are used to perfuming at night in night clubs and at other functions.
Since I was a kid, I had a lot of interest in music. I had good vocals, but playing piano and guitar became my thing by the time I was 16. By this time, I had never performed in many event apart from family parties and events and even then, I never paid much attention to what I was doing.
Things changed when I got to college. I needed to be able to raise some extra cash for my personal use other that what I got from the students loans and the little that my parents gave to me. That’s when I decided to join a music group as part which used to play rock and roll songs. For the first 6 months with them, I never got anything substantial in terms of payments even though I was with them most of the weekends. They paid me meagerly and I always felt disappointed by them.
A Career in Music can Be Disappointing
I decided to leave the music group and instead, I teamed up with some fellow students as school that were good at music and we formed our own band. This was the start of a new life. However, it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be.
No night club was willing to pay anything substantial to group of college kids which was comprised of nonentities. No matter how hard we tried to source for gigs in good places, we didn’t land any. Most of the gigs that we got were from night clubs which didn’t do so well and their pay was very frustrating. Since we were just an upcoming group and we needed to market ourselves before we could get good opportunities, we decided to perform in such clubs.
However, performance in such places can be very disappointing. There is a lot to endure as you seek to have your name become popular. Most of such low-end clubs were frequented by some drug peddlers and at times criminals of all sorts. There are multiple times that we were disrupted while performing because a nasty brawl had started in the club.
Other times, we were forced to perfume in smoky clubs where part of the smoke would be from inhaling drugs, mostly marijuana and cigarettes. Also in order to get paid, we were forced to work for longer hours than agreed, at times till in the morning. There were days that we were called in during weekend to perform at various events that were taking place and by staying late in the night during a week day, I always had difficult concentrating in my class work the next day.
Lessons that I Learnt about the Music Industry and What you Need to do to Excel
Most a times, we were kind of threatened to perform in such cases and in case of decline, there were chances that we would never get a gig at that place again even on weekend. There were clubs which also held us ransom and would have part of our payments held up awaiting clearance form ‘finance’ department and in case we failed to attend to an invitation, then it was mostly likely that we would never get paid at all. It was a real hassle and we had to live by it.
Fortunately, the much harder we worked, the more famous we became, by the end of the first year, word had gone around about a group of upcoming musicians comprised of students who were playing good songs. Thus we had started getting good gigs from decent restaurants and clubs. We kept pushing on and we got even better deals.
Unfortunately, after graduating from college, each member of the team went his own way and since then we have never re-grouped again. I still do music to date though I do record my songs in my own home studio. I never took music seriously as a career, but still it helps me in paying my bills.