If you are sitting there and still have the desire to break into the music journalism industry, you might be wondering where exactly you can get a job. It takes a lot of work to get a decent paying job. With hard work, determination, and a love for music anyone can write about it. Thankfully, due to the connected nature of our online world, there is a plethora of options for someone.
Below are some tips for getting your feet wet in the pool of music journalism jobs.
The first tip is to write, and write as often as possible.
Write about what interests you. Write about your favorite bands or singer. Pick out your favorite song or album and critique. Express what you like or dislike in words. Get as much practice as possible. The only way to become a better writer is to write whenever you can.
Other than for practice, writing often helps serve another purpose. It gives you writing samples to eventually show an editor or place on a blog. If something in print or broadcast journalism is something that interests you, here are some things you can do to possibly get an interview.
Look at all the options available and get to know as much about them as possible. If you want to write for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, or Billboard, learn about them. Read as many issues as you can possibly get your hands on. Eventually you will discover what type of content they would be looking for. You will also see the writing standards that they have.
When you are comfortable with your knowledge of the publication, gather as many of the best items you have written as you can. The samples should be ones that you feel would match with the writing style of the place you want to work for. Mail a resume, cover letter and a portfolio of your writing samples to the editor. If they feel you might be a good fit, they will be in touch for an interview and you are on your way.
The second tip is to get on social media as much as possible.
Social media is the way people connect in today’s world. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. are all used by people in almost every industry to connect with each other. Displaying your writings on a blog or a video on YouTube and then sharing them is the greatest way to get as many eyeballs on your work as possible. You never know if an editor is one of the people seeing your work.
The third tip is stay positive and do not get discouraged.
Like most jobs, you never find the perfect one right away on the first attempt. There will be rejections and harsh critiques of your work. Remember to not let that disappoint you and prevent you from making your work and yourself better.
All the information contained above is just a sampling of what to expect. This is just the start to a career in music journalism. There will be plenty of hurdles and obstacles, but every job has those. A career as a music journalist can be a dream for a music lover. All it takes is to start writing and write as often as you can. Should you want to wait and see, it still does not hurt to practice and build a portfolio. If everything written above seems like it is the perfect job for you then put on some music and write! Sit back and enjoy the wonderful art of music journalism.