The Necessity of Thinking Big

Guest Blogger: Jim Klein is the author of Welcome to the Jungle. Read more about freelancing in the music world in his book and on his blog!

I just got off the phone with an old friend of mine who lives in LA.  He’s been a freelancer for a very long time, composing for film and television, working in film as a music supervisor, playing keyboards for some pretty well known people, and more recently, producing indie records and playing shows and recording with two of his own bands.  We were talking about the huge changes the music business has undergone in the last decade, and how much harder it is to scrape together a decent living as a freelancer.

The typical fee or rate that a musician, audio engineer, or recording studio could expect to charge for a typical recording or live gig has DROPPED significantly since I came onto the scene in the early 80s. There are lots of reasons for this, and you can spend a week or two Googling them if you want the details. The main thing is that there are two ways to look at this difficult reality: glass half empty or glass half full.

In my opinion, far too many of the kids I talk to have reacted to this new reality by lowering the bar and scaling down their dreams. They react to how tough things are by giving up before they even get started. Is the music industry more difficult and competitive than it used to be?  No doubt.  Confronted with cold hard reality, it’s understandable why so many people have downsized their career aspirations.  Understandable, yes.  But I feel like it’s also a BIG mistake.

I’ve always felt that it’s important to have a “balanced portfolio” as a freelancer…

Read the rest of this post on Jim Klein blog

Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Posted on March 4, 2013, in Music Industry and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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