1. One of the first things u must have in order to advance your career to the next level is your stage show!

Most artists when performing are just standing there with the mic rapping/singing over the song, vocals and all. This is not how professional shows are done.  How can u ever get to $10k a show until u prove that u are worth a promoter paying that much?  Try getting a show version of your song done with just the adlibs playing during the verses and you can keep the entire hook in. This way u are performing your vocals on top of the instrumental. Hire dancers, develop your own live band to play at some shows, implement special lighting or fog machines. Any thing you can do to stand out will ultimately help in your success.

2. The 2nd thing u must have in order to take it to the next level is an insane work effort!

There are thousands of artists who have aspirations of being in the music industry. This means the competition is heating up daily. Artists are recognizing the results of an insane work effort by watching artists like: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Young Thug and many more. Your trajectory in the music industry has alot to do with the amount of work that you are willing to put into your career.

3. The 3rd thing u must have in order to take it to the next level is “Thick Skin”!

There are going to be times that ppl tell you they don’t like your music. Or that your music video sucks or your performance last night was the worst performance they have ever seen. You have to learn how to let this roll off your back and keep it pushing. Remember no label would sign Jay Z when he first started. They thought he was trash. So he started his own label, and now he runs the rap game. You have to believe in yourself no matter what critics, haters, fans are saying about you.

4. The 4th thing u must have to advance your success is being able to build a solid team!

No one in this industry can get to the top without having a team around you. “Many hands make light work” is a saying a heard a while back that have stuck with me ever since. There is an insane amount of work that needs to be done to reach success and you will need help to implement it. Your team consists of a manager, lawyer, booking agent, marketing team, public relations, etc. Each one of these team members play an important role in your future success. Choose them wisely.

5. The 5th thing u MUST have to advance your career is a budget!

This is probably the single most important factor in becoming successful in the music industry. You have to have a budget. There is no way around it. Everything costs money. Literally any business you get into has startup costs. You have to figure out how to find the money to invest in yourself. This is a skill in itself. Either thru investors, business loans, record deals, etc. Without it you won’t be able to hire the right ppl to get you in the right places or get the right things done.

–Jak Brown

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