3 Mistakes Often Made by the Independent Artist

The whole idea of being an Independent artist is a glamorous one. You don’t depend on anyone else to get your career going- and you can let your creativity shine through. However, being a successful indie artist takes lots of hard work. As an indie, you are also responsible for everything!

In this article, we will take a look at the three mistakes that are commonly made by indie artists, in hopes that you can learn the lesson before going through it yourself.

  • They don’t monetize their live shows. In many cases, when an indie is staring out, they’re afraid to take their career seriously. They perform for free and they don’t charge for their CDs. However, you should know that even if it’s not a paid gig, there are ways to make money from your live shows. Make sure that you have merchandise available at all gigs, no matter what. When you pique the crowd’s interest- they’ll want more.
  • They focus too much on getting signed sometime in the future. Sure, the thought of being signed by a major label is exciting, but that should never be your primary focus. You want to focus instead on creating great music and building up your fan base. If you end up getting signed from all your hard work, great. If not, you’re still making money and building up fans. The more work you put into it, the more rewards you’ll reap.
  • They don’t treat their music like a business. Sure, making music should be fun, but if you want to be a successful indie artist, you must treat it like a business instead of a hobby. Your success does not rely only on your talent but also due to the work you put into it.

Believe it or not, even the small things can make or break your career as an independent artist. You want to do whatever you can to increase your chances of success- but you also want to have fun while doing it.