Let's face it, everybody wants to be a recording artist. There are millions of people fighting every day to get the attention of record labels and music execs in hopes of landing superstardom. In this process, there will be a lot of rejection and many doors being slammed in an artist's face.
While this can be incredibly discouraging, all musicians must expect this and know how to deal with it once it arrives. Here are three tips for how to handle rejection in the music business.
1. Understand that it's just business
Just because a record label passes up on you does not mean that your music is bad. Your style of music may be similar to an artist they already have signed. Or, maybe that particular label is not in the position to market you properly. In this billion-dollar industry, music companies will do what's in their best interest. It's just business.
2. Ask for feedback
Instead of letting the rejection get you down, ask for feedback. This will let you know if and what you should change about your music, look, etc. Having feedback can allow you to better prepare for your next pitch.
3. Be thankful for the opportunity
If you are fortunate enough to be in contact with a record label regarding a contract, distribution opportunity, or any other sort of deal, consider yourself blessed. This is an accomplishment within itself. Even if the deal does not happen, send a follow-up email to whomever you've spoken to, thanking them for their time. Being gracious goes a long way. This is also a great way to keep the doors of communication open with the label.
Rejection is not your sign to give up. Instead, it is a reminder that everyone will not see your vision, but you must endure every "no" to reach that "yes" that will change your life.
Best of luck to you.