You’re Never Going To Make It In The Music Industry

You’re never going to make it in the music industry and this is why;

You’re not spending enough time doing it.

It’s that simple.

     Like any other job that you work at, it takes a 40 hours a week for multiple years before you become the best at it. It takes months for your employer to trust you with a power tool or let you talk to an actual customer. You have to learn and grow in your craft. Imagine going to work as a carpenter, browsing facebook for 10 minutes, hammering one nail and then decided you were done for the day or too tired to keep working. Not only would you never build a house, but you would also never get paid!

     This is the exact reason 99% of musicians never make it out of their bedroom. They don’t work at it. They don’t put in the time to reach their goals. Musicians pick up their guitar for 10 minutes, passively play a few riffs and then start playing their PS4 again.

There’s no work ethic, therefore there’s no reward.

     If you were to put in at least 20+ hours every week working on music, networking, researching, marketing and honing your craft I guarantee you will reach the goals you set out to achieve.

     Here’s the next problem, we all have a false sense of the actual amount of time we spend on things. I’ve talked to many musicians who swear to me they spend tons of time marketing themselves online and networking in real life. When I take a closer look though I find that their “online marketing” actually is just them browsing facebook looking at hot girls from high school. Worse yet, their “networking” event is just them getting hammered at a bar and then dropping their business card off.

Now do you see the problem?

     I already know what you’re thinking now “I work 40 hours a week to pay my bills, how am I going to spend another 20+ doing something else?”. The answer is easy. Wake up earlier. Stop watching 2 hours of Netflix every day. Don’t go out with friends 3 nights a week. You’re going to have to make some sacrifices to reach your goals. It’s not going to be easy, but that’s what separates people who succeed from those who don’t.

     Here’s my challenge to everyone trying to achieve something (musical or non-musical). Email Me your goal. Then for the next week download a time tracker app (there are millions of them) and track the actual amount of hours you spent working towards that goal this coming week. I will email you at the end of the week and see your progress. Did you fall short? Did you begin to realize where you struggle? What are the next steps to fix these bad habits?


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4 Comments You’re Never Going To Make It In The Music Industry

  1. Zach Grossman December 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    This hit home hard, very well written….hope all is well!

  2. Heavyy December 27, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Yep. Nailed this one, Josh.

  3. Joseph Herald January 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I recently started tracking my time and it is a game changer. Just having that timer in the background enhances my focus and increases my creative output. Great read!

  4. Natalie Lucie June 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

    So true Josh! I do find though that there are peaks and troughs, you can actually really burnout if you never ever switch off but even then it’s about taking a 20 minute walk rather than watching ‘just one episode’ on Netflix (then four hours later…..hmm). It’s a big discipline game. Deleting Facebook is a really good start too. I am all for accountability but will add there is definitely one caveat to this and that is having a child! You don’t know when they’re going to get sick and throw everything into disarray. But….that’s why you have to chip away everyday whenever you can. I’m nicely kicked into gear form this post though, thank you.


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