Becoming The Best Producer – Working on Stupid Projects
Are They Worth It?
This is the question that you are asking yourself when you are alone, when you think about who you really are, about your present situation and future.
You are looking around you. You are looking at your portfolio and you see only unknown and not so talented people. But know this: It is not important who you are working for, but who works for them. For successful life, the only person that you must know is the person in the mirror. If you know yourself, you will know what are you lacking, and you will become better in it.
Maybe you are very talented, gifted, maybe you own a studio, but still you are down there, working in the mud. You have what is needed for a music producer, but you lack rich finished projects list, business, marketing and negotiation experience.
Those unknown people – your first customers, they are like sparing partners. You have a fight, you sweat, you work real and hard, but there is no audience. There is no win or loose, only your mentor-the priceless experience. There is no applause, but there are no boooos also. You have freedom to experiment in sound, in negotiation, in price, in everything, and almost no one counts. Use this blessed period, to gain experience.
The Experience is one of the reasons to work for unknown people and stupid projects. The other reason is MONEY. The path to the career from your dreams is payed with money from the stupid projects.
In this stage you will learn to make a price. You will build up your price, you will know your value more and you will grow in negotiation experience.
This is only a path, not a home. Just a period, not a lifetime. So don’t find yourself comfortable in the mud. Go there, do your job, take the money, gain experience but have this in mind: This is not who you are, this is YOU becoming something better.
It is not important to became better producer then somebody else, but to became the best version of yourself.
Don’t measure yourself with Chris Lord Alge or any other producer or engineer, measure yourself with the person that you was yesterday. Make progress every day, be the best no matter who is your customer or how much he is paying. In the end you must be pleased with yourself. If it is money only, you can make more, even with blogging.
The applause from the audience lasts few seconds, but if you are pleased and happy with yourself, the applause within you lasts forever.
For smart people there are no such a thing as stupid and unimportant projects. The Smart people have progress from everything.