Most artists with talent are born in poor communities. I don’t know why that is. But it’s usually a rags to riches story for those who end up making it.
So let’s say you’re an artist – with talent, but you were born in poor circumstances, how do you navigate that situation? Here are a few things to help:
Firstly you need to remember this: money is just a measure of value. Value has other forms besides money. Not having money doesn’t mean you’re poor if you have value in other forms.
You have to be patient. Especially since you have no money, you’re going to have to do a lot of waiting. People with money are usually the first to be attended to, but your time will come too. It just might take a bit of time.
Be aggressive. Not having money means doing most things yourself. It also means you have to absolutely shine in the things you can at least do. You can’t afford to be slow, lazy or be late for meetings and events. That’s your opportunity to stand out!
Find something else that you’re good at besides music that people can pay you for to use or have. It could be fixing radios or computers.
You need to be open to learning new skills. New skills mean more value. Google “How to…” you’ll be amazed at what else you can learn that can make you money.
The money from your other skills will slowly be able to finance and push your music career.
I recommend learning skills like photography, design, social media management, beat making, audio engineering or videography. These kinds of skills can directly be used in your own career and help cut costs. Start simple and pick the one most accessible to you.
Lastly, don’t rush. Move at the pace that fits your situation and circumstances. Having no money shouldn’t mean having low quality or standards in the kind of work you put out. Wait if you have to to get it right.
Bonus – making genuine friendships with people who can help you on your music venture can prove to be the ultimate resource. If you can’t do something, have a friend who can really help. Remember to stay loyal to them too after things start happening for you.