Being a musician is fun but hard work. Very few people who are not musicians truly can appreciate the time, energy and money invested in becoming a musician for typically several years prior to performing or recording professionally and continuously investing in the career. This can make it extremely hard, especially in the UK, for musicians to make a living, no matter how talented, virtuoso and experienced. Gigs are underpaid, and many times musicians are even expected to perform for free! It is not respected as a real job, and this can be an ongoing stress and battle for musicians. Most end up having to get another job just to be able to afford to live.
If you are determined to make it though, there are things you can try in order to promote yourself, reach a wider audience and get more gigs. Read on to find out more.
Firstly, you must have a website. It is definitely possible to be a successful musician without social media, contrary to what many young musicians believe, however, a website is a must have. Most people who book events and gigs will look for your website to find photos they can use to promote you, and videos or audio samples to listen to you. Having a website is professional and they are more likely to take you seriously. If the idea of creating your own website sounds daunting, get it designed professionally with Web Design Swansea. You can visit their website www.accent-adc.co.uk to get in touch.
Another important part of promoting yourself besides word of mouth and giving out business cards (the best way to let people know who you are) is having a press kit. You can have this on your website as an Electronic Press Kit.