Indie musicians need to be professional as they navigate their careers. The indie (and major label) music industry is built on networking with others in the industry. Just as any new small business needs to build a positive reputation to help their business grow in the right direction musicians have to recognize that they're running a business with their music and the service they provide. In either case positive word-of-mouth travels fast, yet negative comments seem to travel faster and do more damage than good.
In the indie music industry, as in most industries, success is built on communication and relationships. The music industry is all about who you know and who knows you. It's not an industry where you want to burn any bridges. That means it's important to be professional, respectful, courteous, polite, friendly and as easy to work with as possible. If you can do all of those things they will come back to you in the form of gigs and other positive opportunities that will find you.
An example of unprofessionalism in music happened the other night at the MTV VMAs when Taylor Swift won the award for best video and Kanye West jumped on stage, grabbed the microphone and said that Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time implying that Beyonce should have won the award.
However, not all was lost...Beyonce ended up winning the video of the year award and graciously reminisced about winning her first VMA and asked Taylor Swift to finish thanking her fans since she wasn't able to do it initially when she won. Beyonce's gesture was a true act of professionalism. Plus, it needs to be mentioned how professionally Taylor Swift handled everything, especially as she's still fairly new to the music industry at age 19.
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