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The New Music Industry Podcast | MusicEntrepreneurHQ.com | with David Andrew Wiebe
Excited about becoming a lifestyle musician? Interested in learning how to get there?
Creating your life through music isn’t always easy, and there are certain challenges you’re going to face.
In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I identity and unpack five challenges that held me back.
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* 00:58 – Challenge #1: Fear
* 01:53 – Challenge #2: Revenue creation
* 02:27 – Challenge #3: Building an audience
* 03:19 – Challenge #4: Scheduling and productivity
* 04:05 – Challenge #5: Building your team
* 04:52 – Final thoughts
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Challenge number one is fears. So, we’re human beings and we have fears connected to all kinds of things, whether it’s traveling, being away from home, cultural or language barriers, having to do your taxes halfway across the world…
If we were to go back a few years, you’d probably find that the number one reason I wasn’t out there living life by the design, is because I was scared. The money and flexibility were there. I had that even five years ago – I had a steady enough revenue stream that would have allowed me to travel while working. But I had no idea what to expect when it came to traveling and doing my work remotely.
The good news is, right around that time, I started doing some experiments looking after my parent’s home, while they were away, and doing my work on a laptop from their home instead of at my desktop at my home.
So, that helped me figure what would work and what wouldn’t work, and eventually I developed a comfort level with working remotely. And that’s a great tip right there – see if you can experiment working away from home and see if you can still get done the things you need to do. It might take a little getting used to.
#2: Revenue Creation
Number two is revenue creation.
My main revenue streams are content writing, video editing, graphic design, and web development (so, I make websites).
I make money from advertising, affiliate marketing, books, eBooks, courses, and music as well. But not at the point of being able to rely 100% on that just yet.
I’m fortunate that the work comes in steadily, and that allows me to live the life I want while engaging in the projects I choose.
But overall, I’ve got to say this is probably the biggest challenge when it comes to becoming a lifestyle musician and designing your life through music.
#3: Building an Audience
Challenge number three is building an audience.
And like me, maybe you’ll be an unconventional lifestyle musician where you take on various types of work to be able to support yourself.
For example, maybe you’re a traveling mixing engineer. I could totally see that working.
But the reality is, you would still need a lead or prospect list to ensure a steady revenue stream, right? So bottom line, building a list is going to prove important for every lifestyle musician. I just can’t see any exceptions.
It took me a long time for me to figure this stuff out, believe me,