July 30, 2013

You Don't Know Everything

Let's start with a few facts:

  • The music industry is complex and can be hard to understand
  • It's based on intellectual property rights laws, which are also complex and can be hard to understand
  • You have to understand the past to know how we got here and "know the rules before you can break them"
So, what's all this about? Well, there's a bit of an epidemic that's come along with the advent of the Internet and the fact that we have so much knowledge accessible at any time of the day. It's wonderful that musicians and students today can Google and learn just about anything they want about the music business- that after all is the point of this site. The problem though is that, well, as we mentioned before the music industry is complex and that means you can't learn everything by reading a few articles on the Internet. You need to get experience, do your research, read books, follow the latest news, and maybe even get a college degree these days to really understand what's going on in this fast-paced ever-evolving industry. A lot of young musicians and interns make the mistake of thinking that just because they know a few things about how the world of music works they know everything and they're quick to make assumptions and, as a result, make mistakes. It doesn't have to be a big deal though, after all no one is perfect and the people around you will be willing to forgive if you accept that. However, this also means being open to new information, new ideas, and new opinions. If you don't understand something, ask. If you think you understand something but someone with more experience or knowledge tells you otherwise, listen and learn. Don't argue or get defensive just because someone is trying to teach you something or correct your mistake. No one wants to work with someone who isn't willing to listen or cooperate. Spend less time saying no and more time asking why. 
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