The Rolling Stone Times
We all know that making money by selling records is as dead as 2Pac. Even if we’re secretly praying for its comeback, we know that it will never happen. The internet is ruling our careers nowadays, henceforth, we’re required to work around it and figure out a way, with which we could still get paid and continue producing music.
The most common method of earning a substantial income is by touring.
What you do is you tour the clubs around the country, performing live in each of them for a previously agreed sum of money. Even if this lifestyle is extremely tiresome, non-sustainable and demanding, it’s one of the most simple ways to get paid for your work.
Makes Money, Makes Sense
You have a few popular songs, that people enjoy. Clubs are willing to invite you to rap, because they benefit from the fact that people will visit their place, pay the entry fee and order drinks inside, just so they could see you and hear your songs live.
It’s nothing too thought provoking on your side too. You have to be able to know your lyrics and perform the songs live. Prepare a track-list, a couple of skits and you’re good to go. Of course, performing live is an art by itself, but it’s something you learn on stage in most cases.
You perform, the club pays you and you bounce. Get to the other city, do it all over again. It’s true that you have traveling expenses, but the income from your gigs is substantially more, so it makes sense.
A good thing to have is a person who does your accounting while you’re touring, because you need to know your income and expenses and your net profit, so you know how you did at the end and the sum of money, that is available for you to invest in your other ventures.
So, this is all interesting, but how does it relate to you. The likely probability is that you’re not touring right now. You’re not getting an income from rapping yet. How could you get into it too? What do you need to do?
You have to think of it as a project-“How To Get my First Gig”
This is the project, which includes your plan of action. What needs to be done and how. The plan would be composed of two parts. The first part is arranging the details around the negotiations of your gig with the specific club. The second part would be your ability to convince the events manager that you and the products you provide are really worth it.