There was a time when I thought the secret to great acoustic music was talent. Since I had plenty of that, as well as some high quality instruments, I didn’t think I was going to have any trouble making it big in the music industry. Now that I’m older and have been around for a while, I know better. There’s nothing easy about this business. I’ve also learned that even those who put in a lot of work and who have tons of talent don’t always make it.
While I’m not the world famous acoustic musician I once thought I would be, I have reached a point where I’m really happy with the music I produce, the artists I’ve worked with, and the fact that most of the time, I’m able to earn a living wage from my music. After years in the business, I’ve learned a few things about what it takes to reach success.
No matter how good a musician you are, in order to produce a good sound, you need to have good instruments. Don’t try to make do with a poorly made instrument. The sound produced will be lousy. It’s better to save up until you can afford the good stuff. It’s equally important to make sure you take care of your instruments, if you do that, they’ll continue to make sweet music.
I’ve also learned that it’s really important to have someone you trust who can handle the business aspect of your life. Making music can help you earn money, but only if you’re willing to manage that money. For a long time, I was able to handle everything on my own, including keeping track of how much money I made, calculating expenses, and figuring out what I needed to charge for each gig. When I started to enjoy some success, I found I was too busy to keep up with everything so I hired a business manager to handle the business side of things for me.
One of the hardest lessons I learned was that it’s really important to hire someone who knows what they’re doing and who has a great reputation. The first manager I hired nearly ruined me. I was much more careful when I chose the one I now use. I also learned that even though I have a business manager, but I also have to at least pay attention to how much money I have in my accounts and rough idea about how much I’m spending and how much I’m earning.
If my business manager hadn’t made a mess of my finances, I would have never tried out electronic cigarettes. I was really stressed and needed the nicotine, but I didn’t have the extra cash to pay the high taxes attached to traditional cigarettes. I was able to purchase the best electronic cigarette starter kit I could find with a promotional discount. That was my biggest expense. After that the only thing I had to worry about buying was the cartridges and those don’t cost much at all. I have found that the best electronic cigarettes had a great taste and a fantastically dense cloud of vapor. Best of all, after I started using the best electronic cigarettes I could find, I noticed that my voice sounded much better, less gravelly and this made my music more popular than ever. Now whenever I see a young musician smoking, I tell them about electronic cigarettes, and urge them to give the devices a try.