Everyone loves to be a part of the “in” crowd and lets face it yall. Being in the music industry is about as “in” as it gets. Most of the jobs in the music industry put you close, at least in some way, shape or form with the people that your peers consider to be icons and a hero.
There is nothing finer than actually making money at a job that you actually love as opposed to standing on an assembly line watching the same part go by hour after day after year.
Jobs in the music industry can range from the retail sales ends, to the production end, to the creative department to performing or the business end and there is a lot of jobs in between those stops. There is a good chance that no matter what it is you like to do, there is a job in the music industry that will allow you to do some form of that job and eventually get paid to do it.
You need to seek out jobs in the music industry at local places and you can check the World Wide Web at locations like myMusicCircle and see what kinds of jobs are there that you can start at right away so that you can begin building and diversifying your skill set. Because the music business is first and foremost, a business and that means that the more skills you have the more valuable you will be. And we all know that the more valuable you are the more invaluable you become and the easier it is to find the jobs that you ultimately want.
If your end goal is to be a producer, you can start by offering to mix local bands live at their show for free or beer. Youll get the basic skills and then move one. A lot of what you might do at the beginning is mundane and wont pay you very well if at all. You need to keep you eye on the brass ring and the goal that you have set.
Many of the people that are very huge icons in the industry got their first jobs in the music industry doing things like taking out the trash at a studio or helping as a gaffer that set up for the sessions. All of this is networking and making contacts of people that can help you or hurt you down the line.