5 key elements that define a Professional Musician

Howdy SEA Fans, welcome to another blog post discussing about tips related to sound engineering.

This week we are talking about Music Profession.

This weeks blog post is focused on those Sound Engineers or aspiring Sound Engineers who are looking forward for a career in music and topic discussed below will helpful for them to streamline their march towards a strong career in the field of music and entertainment.

Depending on the generation you represent, the focus on the music business turns from a nightmare to a sea of ​​opportunities.

Today more than ever it is important to adapt to the changes that have changed the industry. Anchoring into traditional practices can mean the difference between sailing freely or waiting for the boat to make water.

It is not wrong to carry out the traditional processes, as long as there are sufficient economic resources to promote it at all stages. Unfortunately, it does not happen so often and deciding which projects are likely to do so requires many filters.

So what are the 5 key elements that define a Professional Musician?


If you do not organize, you will face serious problems to fulfill the goals that as a musician you have drawn. It does not mean just knowing what day you have bone, touch or event and feel that you are extremely organized.

Do you know the conditions under which your team is?
Are you practicing enough?
Have you worried about checking your health?

Although it seems that you do it naturally, many aspects of the musician require specialized attention.
If you have not taken this into account in your day-to-day organization, you open a great gap to your professional development.


The basic equation of the musician is
I learn to play + search for a band + I write songs + I record a demo + I present myself live + I send my demo to the radio + people worship me = musical success“.

If you think that’s all you need to know to succeed, then the only thing you’ll find is dead ends that do not get you anywhere (if not already in one of them).

Effective planning requires knowing how the music business works, a more comprehensive understanding of the market, knowledge of the tasks that best lead you to achieve specific goals (not just act for acting), information from external situations that may violate your project and hundreds of etceteras you surely have not contemplated.


It means that you must understand from a general view every aspect of your project and be able to crumble it consciously.
Dimensioning aspects like the musicality, performance, recording, promotion, business and real legal situations of your project will impel you to make more assertive decisions.

Continuous Communication

The contemporary musician has no pretext to be partially keep away from the new technological uses of communication.
This implies knowing how to choose which means are appropriate and which are simply complementary.
Investing time in developing fans with minimal economic resources does not mean that you are saving resources.

You could be losing money!

Writing properly and taking care of the visual language through your communication channels are fundamental in this process.
If you do not separate it properly, you are playing against yourself.


Your Networking network is the basis for extending your strategic planning. Sooner or later, meeting key people (not the same as meeting famous people) will allow you to build more effective alliances.

Developing your interpersonal relationships and improving your perception as an artist (strutting and having a “rockstar” attitude will not do you any good at this level) is a fundamental part of this process.

You also have to learn the right balance between friendship, more personal relationships and business contacts to get the best result, as well as new opportunities.


Generations before millenials, see in the music business a severe necrosis that is consuming the market, transforming it into economic zombie. Recent generations lacked the economic support of creating, distributing and marketing a musical product.

Times have invariably changed and taking a lifeboat is also not an option.
The ideal is to endorse your knowledge to take advantage of your environment.
The atmosphere in the music business is constantly changing.

Many musicians understand “adaptation” as “grabbing wherever they can”.
Nothing is more false than this perception, because as the environment changes, the musician constantly evolves, a vital element for artistic development and the source of youth for new projects.

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