Virtually all songwriters would love to be able to support themselves financially through songwriting, but it can be difficult to find a stable career in music. It’s not impossible to achieve, though! The career paths below all have some aspect of songwriting involved in them and will still help you pay the bills. Check them out and see if something piques your interest!
It’s patience – and a world-class work ethic – that you’re going to need most as you move forward in your songwriting career. Talent, in almost all instances, simply isn’t enough to have financial success as a songwriter. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on getting your songs cut.
Let’s discuss a term that’s used a lot in the industry: toplining. The act of toplining means “writing a song over a pre-made beat.” This seems like a kind of arbitrary distinction between a songwriter and a topliner, and in truth, it really is. The only real difference is in the creative process. Do I start with a blank page? Or do I start with pre-made boundaries to direct my creativity?
We know the urge that musicians feel when they have a good song finished – you want to share it with the world for people to react to it and connect with it. You may have an amazing song, but before you release it, go over this seven-step checklist to see if your track is really ready to be put out.
So you’ve written a song that you’re excited about and feel like it’s got a real chance of getting cut or placed in a film or on TV. That’s great news. Now the trick is to be sure you’re asking the right kinds of questions of yourself and others before you spend good money creating a quality recording.