Can I make it?

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Answered by: Troy, An Expert in the Be a Musician Category
Can I make it as a musician and make money? If you had asked this question ten years ago I would have said "Your chances are very slim. You'd need to find a talent agent, a producer, fellow musicians, and have the money to afford some studio time." But in today's world of viral media, you can obtain your dreams with one click of a mouse.

To record quality music at home without having to spend thousands of dollars in a studio, will still need to require a decent amount of money to invest with. On the bright side, that money will get you recording software today that is just as good as the programs used in recording studios and they'd equal out to cost about two hours worth of recording time.

So when you ask "Can I make it?" you're really asking "do I have the time, money, and patience to make it as a musician?" If your answer is "yes" then you've already made it. Now you just need to apply yourself. Other than home recording software you're going to need to get yourself a decent mic. On a fixed budget where you can only spend around 200, I'd suggest picking up a Blue Yetti USB mic. Blue Yetti's line of mics have fantastic sound quality for minimal cash.

Once you have your choice of software and mic, you're going to want to become familiar with your recording software. Now depending on what you buy whether it be FL Studio, Reason, Cakewalk, Reaper, etc you will need to get over the learning curve for each program. You can do this with the use of youtube, college courses, or just experimenting for yourself. Youtube is a wonderful source for learning because with almost every recording software on the market, which there are many, there is at least one video tutorial walking through it with you step by step to get started on recording your project.

Some of the people posting these videos aren't the best teachers so it's always best to shop around on there until you find someone who is slow, patient, and communicative about everything you need to know about the program. When it comes to taking classes, try finding a community college course so you don't have to spend thousands of dollars just to take one class to learn more about your craft. You may learn more in a group dynamic and be able to network with people who have the same passions as you.

Learning and experimenting on your own with a program does have its pros and cons. The pros are that you're learning and developing skills on your own which overall will help you with figuring out other programs. The cons are that some programs used to record with are incredibly complicated without a step by step guide to walk you through things. Once you've figured everything out, you have your music perfected and know exactly what it is you want to record, record with the software, master the tracks, and post your music on youtube to get a fanbase.

Viral marketing has become the greatest tool the past seven years to get your voice across to the rest of the world. Something else you can do along with adding your music to youtube is add your songs to Itunes. You can sell your recorded music for a dollar a song just like Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Jason Mraz. So when you ask "Can I make it?" the answer is: of course you can. You just have to know if you're willing to make the sacrifices to do so.

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