Pay attention: Redundancy is a negative in the music industry
Remember in elementary school when you were told to pay attention when the teacher is talking? Do you remember the consequences when you didn’t? Well, it turns out that this was a life lesson that you would need you for the rest of your professional career (unlike algebra), especially in the music industry.
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” -Bryant H. McGill
When someone is speaking–especially an industry professional–listen. You will be able to learn something from them. At Jamvana, prospective and current clients are continuously eager to learn about our state-of-the-art technologies, including the music distribution system. We’re always just as eager to help them, but one can only explain something so many times without beginning to get frustrated. Being redundant–in every form of the word–is very discouraging because we then feel our time isn’t valued and respected.
Much like many other companies, Jamvana has a staff that is full of industry professionals, so we’re always spewing knowledge to make our clients better and innovative. We are more than happy to help out industry professionals and point someone in the right direction, but when we’ve answer your same question two or three times now we wonder if you’re 1) not executing what we told you or 2) just plain old not listening. We value and respect your time and ask that you do the same.
You should not be handing out free work, nor accepting it.
This is a long-debated topic within the entertainment industry. Budding creatives are striving to get their foot in the door by lending their talents to those in need. However, this greatly reduces the value of other creatives (including yourself) who work tirelessly to earn a living with the same livelihood. By providing and accepting free work from others, you are devaluing the craft. For example, if you mix beats for your friends in school for free, then those friends aren’t truly acknowledging the art that goes on behind the scenes. From that point on, they will expect their mixing to be done for free (or of little cost) because you did it for free. On the flip side, accepting free work from others is encouraging and enabling it, which again, devalues the art form. Besides, industry professionals can usually tell when something was done for free.
Having to repeat yourself gets old and frustrating, as we’re sure you’ve experienced many times before. When you’re speaking to an industry professional–or anyone that you want to learn from–please listen. It says a lot about who you are, and you will be able to utilize that knowledge to leverage your professional career.