Networking Tips For Music Artists
Networking Tips are crucial for any artists looking to expand what they are doing. In the beginning you may only have a handful of people to talk to, or in some cases none at all.
So, the idea is to build a huge network where you have all kinds of connections that can help you progress your music career.
This can be difficult for many reasons, including and not limited to:
Being More Of An Introvert
Coming Across People Who Aren’t Interested
Not Knowing What To Say To People
Do you find it hard to network as a rapper?
In this post i’m going to cover those issues and more so we can take your music networking to the next level.
#1 Stop The Neediness
We get it, you’re hungry to make your dreams a reality, so you’re hitting up everyone to build something or get yourself heard. However this is your dream and your life and as such you should take a composed approach.
Try to avoid coming across desperate, immediately asking for things and/or giving your whole life story. The beauty of relationships are getting to know someone piece by piece and learning new things you go along.
Basically try not to blow your load in the first exchange lol.
#2 What Do You Have To Offer?
Whilst you may indeed be hitting someone up because you see they have something you can benefit from, it’s wiser to provide value to them first. If someone is inundated with messages from people asking them for things, you are putting yourself in the same box. Instead take the time to find out something about them and what they do. Hit them up and thank them or make an observation. Maybe ask them if they need any help with anything.
Nine times out of ten they won’t turn around and say, yeah actually can you loan me 10 large lol. They’ll usually say they’re all good. At the most they may ask for a share or a like on something.
The difference is that you’ll stand out from the crowd. If 99 people are asking that person for something and only one is offering to help them and thanking them for just being them, who are they going to remember?
#3 Be Remembered
Which leads into my next tip, be remembered. How often do people see things like #LetsWork or #LetsNetwork or some other regurgitated artist/producer slang?
If you talk like everybody and say the same things everybody says, how are you going to stand out and be remembered.
The aim of the first point of contact is to be remembered, you ever meet someone who knows you but you have no idea who they are? How awkward is that shit?
Well don’t be that guy, make an impact in every conversation, say something they’ll remember in a way that they’ll remember.
#4 Be Open Minded
You might approach someone with a set goal in mind, perhaps you want them to share something with or for you? Maybe you just be friends with them? Remember just as you have goals and plans, so do they. Maybe the exact way you’re looking to build with them doesn’t suit what they’re working on.
In that case, be willing to compromise, not everything has to be on your terms, or theirs for that matter.
Figure out a situation that benefits you both.
#5 Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
You may be daunted by the idea of reaching out to new people. What will they think of me? Am I annoying them? Why would they care about me? Honestly good conversation comes with practice.
I often advise my clients to build with 5 new people a day. It can be simple things. Comment on someones status, inbox someone, share someones post and write about it. Make the effort to start building bridges.
With practice you won’t worry about the trivial stuff. You’ll be so used to talking to new people and connecting with them that it will come naturally for you.
#6 Don’t Pressure People
We get it, you really want to make things happen, but hitting up strangers telling them what to do and getting on their back about it is a big no no.
Imagine you’re minding your own business and someone you’ve never spoken to hits you up dictating what you should do for them. That’s exactly how many artists and producers are coming across.
LISTEN TO MY SONG
SHARE MY VIDEO
BUY MY BEATS
The goal when networking is to make people want to know more about you, want to check out your stuff, want to buy your beats. Be courteous and be intriguing. The way you talk about what you do should be enough to make them curious and want to check you out. All else fails, you can always just ask politely?
#7 Build On Interests
I mentioned in the second tip about making an observation. Expanding on that, take some time to find out what they’re interested in. If you want to make real friends in this business you have to have some commonalities, whether its in personality traits or similar interests.
As far as similar interests go, you can just find out what they’re in to. Maybe they watch Power? Or they’re a big baseball fan? bring it up in the conversation. When you talk to people about the things they love they will enjoy talking to you. Not only that but they start to assign a happy feeling when talking to you psychologically.
Because they feel passionate, nostalgic, interested when talking to you, you’ll find they will always make the time to talk to you.
Remember, building a network is not a race, there is no reason why you can’t take your time and do it right.
That’s not to say you should sit back and do it on a low scale, talk to as many people as you can maintain. Always aim to push the networking relationship further.
You’ve heard the saying, your network is your net-worth right? Thats because the rapport and relationships you are going to be building from these networking tips, are going to be worth their weight in gold.
You will benefit from Always knowing someone for a job. being able to outsource and be outsourced through connections and having people you can go to for advice or to partner up with, is going to be a huge asset in your life. Be mindful of these networking basics as you move forward and build with others.
So I hope you have benefitted from these 7 Networking Tips For Music Artists. If so, please do use the buttons on this post to share with your friends. Also if you have your own networking tips, feel free to comment them below so you can help other people learn some networking basics.
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