A lot of people don’t realize how many professionals are working behind every major artist. They need people to represent them, make them look good in the eyes of the public, and make them better artists, among other things. Many people also don’t know how big the music industry actually is and how many people are earning a living from it.
If you have a genuine love for music or the music industry, know that there is more than one way that you could get in, and not all of these positions are difficult to reach. Let’s take a look at some of the music career options you could consider for 2022.
Music Industry Lawyer
Lawyers play a very important role in the music industry. They help draft contracts for record companies, but they also review contracts for artists. They might also review contracts between service providers and record labels. This is a great option for people who are interested in law but would like to work in an exciting field as well.
Become a DJ
If you want to be more involved with the music side of things but don’t know how to play an instrument or sing, then there’s always a way to find work as a DJ. DJing is one of the easiest ways to get into the music industry and you could start your professional DJ career from the comfort of your bedroom if you wish.
Virtual DJs are a thing and people will pay you for your sets if you have talent and set up the business side properly. Some DJs are making a killing on YouTube through platforms like Patreon, for instance, and you could too if you have the talent and business acumen.
If you want to learn how to become a DJ, there are tons of resources out there. You can learn how to become a DJ for free, but you could also go to a formal DJ school. It is not a prerequisite but getting an education will make you a more well-rounded DJ and you won’t have to discover tricks through years of trial or error like many of the self-taught DJs we see today.
You could start streaming your sets online, or you could start working small gigs pro-bono so you can build a name. You can work as a wedding DJ, or for small venues like bars or small retail stores.
You could also become a producer and spread your brand through your production. This is how some of the biggest DJs in the world were able to become international megastars, so if your goal is to become the next Tiesto or Martin Garrix, then you should start learning production as soon as you can.
If you’re kind of a music geek and would like to work on the scientific side of it, then becoming an engineer is for you. But we have to warn you, not everyone can become an engineer and you won’t become one by watching a few videos online. You will need to get a solid foundation as engineers have one of the most demanding jobs in the business and often know more about music than everyone in the rooms they’re in.
The job of a musical engineer is to mix and record tracks so they can sound as professional as possible. They also have to coordinate recording sessions. Music engineers usually work with a wide variety of artists and good ones get known pretty quickly, and if you’re very good at what you do, there is a strong chance that you might bump shoulders with one or multiple major recording artists along the way.
Artists are constantly looking for musicians for recording sessions and this is where the session musician comes in. Some of these musicians are largely unknown to the public but are legends in the industry. If you’d like to work on major musical projects but prefer staying behind the scenes, becoming a session musician would be a great option for you.
One of the great things about being a session musician is the freedom that comes with it. You get to work when you wish and with the acts you want to work with only. You can choose to work within one particular genre or multiple genres if you like.
This is another career where you’ll get the chance to meet some of the world’s biggest musical artists. You could even get discovered and be asked to become part of a band. This is a great option for people who want independence but also would like to break into the industry.
These are all careers you should look into if you want to work in music. While some of these careers require that you go to school or have musical talent, some of these can be entered pretty easily, so give them all a look and see which one you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life.