INDIE ARTIST INSIDER #015
Welcome to a brand new feature here at SongCast, the Indie Artist Insider. Every week, we will post a new video containing tips, tricks, and sound advice on how to succeed in the music business. We will start off targeting those who are new to the music scene and progress into topics for the most seasoned and veteran musicians.
INDIE ARTIST INSIDER – #015 – NETWORKING
Hello and welcome to another edition of Indie artist Insider, in this episode we will talk about networking.
Networking is the single most important thing you can to expand your career. Many times, who you know and what they say can make all the difference in the world.
Networking became easier and worldwide with the advent of the internet and social media. Use it to your advantage. Use it as a way to get your music and message in front of people not only in your backyard, but around the world. See episode 10 of our Indsie Artist Insider for advicde on how to properly maintain social media. Use it to network not only with fans, but with booking agents, managers, venues, radio and podcasts, other bands, etc.
Social media is great, but nothing beats networking in person. A handshake and friendly conversation beats a social media post, every time. Get out there, meet people, go to shows, network and befriend people in the indistry. Make your first impression count! You only get one chance to leave a first impression.
Every conversation you have about your music can be a networking opportunity. Always have a business card with contact information. Always look at new contacts as a chance to further your band and expand your reach. Follow up to those you meet that you think may have a positive impact on your band. Remember, networking is a 2 way street. Don’t always be the artist that is always wanting to receive, but never wants to give. Helping other people will come back to benefit you. Help others that network with you! It is a 2 way street. Never dismiss those that are lower on the experience ladder than you. Help them, teach them, befriend them. You never know when that contact could become an ally that really helps your career. Always look for new opportunities to network with industry insiders and fans. Remember your reputation is very important, build your reputation up by networking with people and helping people when you can.
If you have any topics you would like to see covered on the Indie Artist Insider, please email host Joe Kleon at firstname.lastname@example.org