Having People Take You (and Your Music) Seriously

It seems simple, but it’s what we all want, right? Taking your ideas and your skills from the bedroom and releasing them out into the world to be judged can be intimidating, but the rewards are invaluable. Reminding yourself of this fact can help inspire you to push yourself to the next level and can get you through even the crappiest four-hour gig playing to three people in a bar with a drummer who can’t hold it down.


The best way to have others take you seriously is to show them that you take yourself seriously. Investing time in good preparation, putting value in developing your skills, and respecting others’ time demands that others respect you. If, as an artist, you throw together unlistenable voice-memos and email the tunes at 11:00pm the night before a rehearsal, or as a musician, if you listen to those tunes for the first time on the way to the gig, you give others the impression that music is not your priority.

The same principles stand for performing and promoting your music. If, on stage, you come off as disinterested, disconnected, or unprepared, how can you expect an audience to feel engaged? Best to bring a positive energy to the stage and to all of your interactions in networking and promotion. Others will feed off of your energy, and will thus foster a lasting connection with your music.

The next several weeks, we’ll take a look at how to get the non-musical sides of your career and professionalism together so that people will know that they can rely on you– whether you’re a musician, an artist, a manager or anyone else building relationships and a reputation in the music scene.

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Other posts in this series:
Don’t Get Caught Talking the Talk!
Showing people that you respect them
Who Needs A Manager? (Interview with Tommy Merrill)
Taking Care of Logistics
Paying People on Time

Justin Goldner is a bassist, guitarist, producer, songwriter, language junkie and lover of culture in all its manifestations. He hurls snarky remarks into the Twitter-void via @JusBass.

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