A question that every breaking artist is asking themselves and others. There are two harsh realities you have to realize in order to dive in.
1. Unless you are a trust fund baby ( no problem with that ) or have already secured the necessary overhead to kickstart your music career, you must be okay, with being BROKE.
Most folks don't realize that most successful music projects are strategically funded and marketed which can cost almost as much as a buying a small business franchise. A normal number to see for a full-length record to be produced and marketed properly can exceed the upwards of $15,000-$30,000. Be READY TO BE BROKE BRO.
2. You are gonna have to get used to hearing this word, " NO." It's gonna happen, a lot. But it's not the end of the road. It just means you have be willing to roll with the punches, and call the next player. Before, I got to where I could actually work with booking agents; I did and still do a lot of my own booking. After working in Tech-Sales and a brief stent in Oil and Gas sales, I found myself worn out, broke and unhappy. The boss I was working for, didn’t give a shit that I had been busting my ass working 40 hr weeks for a draw that was never coming in, and we both knew it. After I was tired of being strung along and receiving an eviction notice, I decided it was time to take CONTROL of my life. I somehow was able to book a gig that week and paid my rent.
It had hit me like a freight train while I was breaking down my equipment that night. I proved to myself that I could make things happen. By doing my own research on venues and COLD-CALLING 4 places, I was able to secure a show and made my rent for that month. A light bulb went off in my head. If I use Google + / Facebook / Yelp to help find spots that held live music, I could use them to form a lead-generation database and begin COLD-CALLING these venues and begin filling up my entire calendar.
This became a FULL –TIME JOB in its own, 50+ cold calls a day and countless emails going out to emails from websites. So in all honesty working a fulltime (9-5) gig M-F really wasn’t in the cards for me. A breaking artists money is always tight, and you WILL NEED TO FIND odd jobs ( uber / intsacart / Lyft / Amazon ) to help you not only keep your lights on, but always have capital for expenses like merch, paying a band or studio time and radio promoters. This will help you stay sane on the 1st and the 15th and also let you spend more time on your music business and becoming a better musician.
This is has been my grind everyday since I left my job in 2016 to pursue a music career. The sooner I bought in and understood these 2 realisms, was the day I became a full-time musician.