I was 20 years old when I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts. Fully prepared to take on the world with my music composition skills to compose albums, video game music, film music and just about anything I could get my ears on. You might have just graduated college or are getting ready to graduate college, and you want to make money so you don’t have to live with your parents. With this in mind you say, “I’m going to make movies” or “I’m going to be an engineer” or “I’m going to see how many marshmallows I can fit in my mouth” (the latter obviously only applies if you graduated from an Ivy League).
It’s Out There, Just Keep your Eyes Open
I wanted to make money badly with my music. It would have felt great to defy every person who said “you’re going to be struggling your whole life if you make music for a living”. And guess what? To my and everyone else’s surprise, there are a ton of ways to make money in the music industry that I didn’t know about. During college I thought I was going to have to work in a studio and work my way up the ladder to become a big time producer or be a struggling solo artist stuck in my parents basement stuffing my mouth with marshmallows. But as it turns out, I just needed to be creative with how I could make money with my skills.
Be Creative and Explore
It’s all about just exploring, reading and finding ways to make money with your skillset. I was originally drawn to composing music for films and video games because I like to play video games and watching movies (the music scores being my favorite part). Eventually I did research and found a number of small businesses that sell music to production companies, then realized I could arrange the instrumentation for other people’s music, write lyrics, play piano, and plenty of other ideas.
It was amazing because I discovered there are so many ways to mix and match my skills, connections, and knowledge to make money, and I’m confident that the same applies for you too.