Some Music Career Skills May Not Be Music-Related
Hone Your Skills
I thought I would share a little of what I have been working on for ‘Take the Oath: Volume II’. A big part of chapter 4 covers honing your skills. As an indie music entrepreneur, those skills should not be limited to musical talent alone. There are many other skill sets in which to hone as both a musician and a business person. While you are not required to master them all, having a basic working knowledge of certain skills could save you a lot of heartache (and sometimes cash) in the long run.
The most common skill set categories are: knowledge-based, transferable, and interpersonal. You will want to focus on transferable skills in particular.
What are Transferable Skills?
Transferable skills are those that you possess which can be used in your next job or new career. When a job interviewer asks you what you can bring to the company, he or she is fishing for your transferable skills. As an indie music entrepreneur you should evaluate your past experiences and determine how they can be used to further your music career.
Indentify Those Skills
You may have some skills which are very clear to you, such as those learned by way of a past sales position, college or tech school graduation, or attending a small business seminar. There may also be several sub-skills that you possess without realizing it. Even certain jobs and education may include lesser, hidden skills that you have simply overlooked. In order to bring them to light you should first conduct an inventory of your past experiences.
Take a sheet of paper and create four columns. Title each column as follows:
Under “Experience” list:
- all past/present jobs (full-time and part-time);
- all past/present education (including extra-curricular activities and organizations/clubs);
- all past/present volunteer work;
- all past/present internship experience;
- all past/present hobbies;
- all past/present life experiences that come to mind.
In the “Tasks” column (beside each experience) write a description of the tasks that you performed on a daily basis. From each description, pick out specific skills that were used to complete those tasks and place them in the “Skills” column. Once you have identified your skills, determine if and how they can be transferred to your music career. In the “Transferable” column, explain how the skill is beneficial.
Perhaps you or another band member has some basic accounting knowledge. You will want to keep your books in order until the time comes to hire a professional bookkeeper. Maybe one of you knows a bit about vehicle maintenance and upkeep. This would surely go a long way while on the road.
That about does it for the Take the Oath: Volume II update for now. Stay tuned for all the blow by blow action \m/