Your time is worth something in the music industry
Industry professionals all over the world have a busy schedule and a very little amount of time. Over the years they’ve worked extremely hard to build a name for themselves and their brand, as well as being given a voice in a particular field. Just like industry professionals, your time is worth something.
Work hard but play harder
While you continue to build your resume and clientele up, be sure that you’re working with the right people and taking on a healthy balance of projects. Taking on too many may cause the quality of your work to become degraded and eventually devalued. Jamvana is a quality distributor, not a volume. We only work with people and talents that we firmly believe in and are willing to put forth the extra mile to become successful in their careers. Follow a similar path. Take risks, but don’t work with anybody and everybody just because they’re paying you. Filter through the ones that are willing to work and grow with you as an industry professional.
Remember that there’s always going to be someone who’s working harder than you. Make it a goal that you’re going to become one of the top performers within your industry, especially if you’re in a burgeoning market place with a growing demand.
That doesn’t mean charge an arm and a leg for the services you provide
Seriously. If you’ve worked hard to build up a solid resume with impressive gigs that will draw in a steady stream of clients, don’t shoot yourself in the foot and charge outrageous amounts of money from the get-go. You just started out and not many people know you, so give yourself some time to continue to grow a reputation. There’s a difference between knowing your worth and thinking that you’re better than everyone. You may provide a service that people need, but chances are someone else does too. In today’s digital age, they’ll find someone else and do business with them.
Don’t underestimate yourself and your skills
You may not think that what you know and are capable of is worth much, but it actually is. Take a step back and think about who of your friends, family, colleagues, etc, know what you know. Knowledge is power. Be thankful that you’re unique and capable of providing a service that others aren’t capable of.
If you’re a musician, you shouldn’t be writing music for free for your friends, or giving clients discounts just because “that’s not your best beat.” By undervaluing yourself, you’re setting your actual worth, which will hurt you in the long run. Clients who’re confident in the work that you do will continually come to you and refer their friends, family, and colleagues to you. This is why it’s important to work with people who’re willing to put forth work with you while watching you grow.
Stop doing stuff for free and start charging for your work. Ask some friends in the industry what they’re charging and how they go about setting their prices. Do some more research and plan out how you’re going to structure your pricing. You are a professional, and your time is worth something.