As an indie artist, managing your career falls solely on your shoulders. From booking gigs to finding a quality graphic artist for cover art, every intricate detail of your work is your responsibility. While this may sound overwhelming, there are a few things you can do to limit the stress of being your own manager.
Make Sure You Are Organized
A manager handles every partnership and transaction connected to an artist's career. Since you are acting as your own manager, you are in charge of the day-to-day operations surrounding your music. With so many plates spinning, being as organized as possible is critical if you want to be successful in managing yourself.
Using a day planner, creating a filing system, setting reminders, and establishing a consistent activity schedule will keep you on track with what you are doing daily. Also, be sure to save important contacts in your contact list so that you are not frantically searching for numbers you need in your call log.
Keep the Finances in Order
Your capacity to successfully control incoming and outgoing money related to your career is inextricably linked to your ability to support yourself as an artist. Find an app or software that will help you keep track of your income, expenses, and receipts. This information can be easily used to help with your taxes and determine your strengths and weaknesses regarding how you make money as a musician.
Make an effort to research the various ways to earn money in the music industry and apply these methods to your financial plan.
Get Familiar With Other Managers
A self-managed artist must have the ability to network and get along with others. As your own representative, you must do your best to represent yourself.
Take the time to attend local music industry events, conferences, and workshops. Reach out to people who manage artists and set up meetings to pick their brains and gather any advice. Don't be afraid to ask them if they offer any mentoring services.
Set Weekly Goals
Making a weekly target list is a sure-fire approach to stay busy as a self-managed artist. On Monday, set a few reasonable goals that you'd like to achieve by Friday. For instance, give yourself a target of five music-related Instagram posts you'll need to make before the weekend. Or, make it a goal to follow up on at least one gig you'd like to play.
Being your own manager is a matter of consistency and staying motivated. Do not get discouraged by the shortcomings. Remember, being a self-managing artist is a matter of trial and error.
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