How to Stay Positive in the Highly Competitive Music Industry

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As any budding musician will tell you, it can get extremely depressing when trying to get your sound out there in a highly competitive industry. In fact, the ‘old’ way of getting heard is no longer of much use because it seems like today’s stars are found on social sites like YouTube and TikTok. Even if you’ve uploaded your latest work there, it may not get the views you had hoped for. Even so, all is not lost so stay positive. Here are some things you could try to keep you from giving up before you’ve explored all your options. As the saying goes, “Never say never!”

Are You Targeting the Right Genre?

This is something many of today’s musicians don’t quite understand when using social media like YouTube to get heard by audiences that can propel them to stardom. Actually, did you know that it takes marketing strategies to get your songs viewed? Are you using the right keywords for your genre? In fact, are you using keywords and SEO at all? That could be why you aren’t getting the views or following you had hoped for. They have to find you first!

There’s Always a Market

Sometimes your sound is in a genre you feel isn’t as popular as other genres but it’s something that expresses your inner being. This article will answer the question, ” what is a&r mean in music?”. Your music is who you are – literally! What about Christian music? It isn’t as big a market as hip hop, for example, but it is the genre that expresses who you are, and you are good at what you do. Perhaps it’s time to take a step back to do a bit of cantering on the faith that has gotten you thus far in your career. Check out images of the Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, on sites like Why not order a holy card for your wallet so that whenever you begin to lose faith in your calling you can take out that prayer card and focus on the positive? This is what you have been called to do so keep that in mind to prevent depression from hindering your progress.

Take the Time to Read Success Stories of Superstars Past and Present

Sometimes we forget that many musicians made it to the top from places we would never like to be. Consider for just a moment the story of Jewel, a star that gained fame in the late 1990s and continued to sell record after record once she was ‘found.’ Most people know that she was homeless at the time she was discovered but they don’t know the serious nature of ‘why’ she was there. It’s a sad story of the sexism of the era and because she refused the advances of her boss, he refused to pay her what was owed. She couldn’t pay her rent, was living in her car and that got stollen as well. But she endured and hit stardom. The moral of this story is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so hold onto that.

Yes, the industry is competitive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rise to the top. Stay positive and believe in what you are doing. If you stop now, you will spend the rest of your life wondering what might have been if you had persevered.

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