Once in awhile, someone from the music industry – not necessarily a musician but could also possibly be in a band on their day off- makes an appearance on this blog. Scott Waldman manages artists and producers because someone has to bring people together to make the magic in the studio happen.
So he has a few words of advice for surviving a career in music management.
Five Music Management Survival Mantras:
Be A Fan Of Something Outside Of Music
We all love music; that’s why we are here. However, you will go apeshit if you don’t have other outlets. Exercise. Read non-music books. Go out to a restaurant and sit in silence. The choice is yours! Sometimes you have to turn your brain off and enjoy.
Keep Your Bragging Consistent
If you are constantly telling people how hard you are working via social media, while also telling yourself that you are “killing” it, and then you post requesting a minimum wage job, you lose any credibility you have built through bragging.
Keep Your Hopes High
If I didn’t get my hopes up, I wouldn’t have anything to live for. Aim high, but be realistic. Dreams can be a reality if you plan and you bust your ass. However, I know I’ll never join the NBA.
Social Networks Aren’t Always So Social
Rather than being an effective networking platform, some social networks breed lots of negativity and allow you to collect “connections” with whom you never actually connect.
Sometimes You Will Pay A Dollar To Shovel Shit
You will not make money right away as an artist manager. If you’re in it for that, become an I-banker.
Former bassist for The City Drive (We The People/Sony Records) Scott Waldman is self-releasing his first new recording in years (“You Fell Hard”) as Lido Beach on July 27. Lido Beach has headlined shows on both coasts, and previously placed a song (“My Oh My”) in the Super Bowl 2013. Scott also currently manages artists under his own umbrella Waldman Management and producers at Rolling Artists. In addition, he hosts an industry radio show/podcast on idobi Radio called “Waldman’s Words”. He loves to rock and hopes that you love this song.