Skills needed to be a songwriter

Songwriters will need certain skills and abilities if they wish to be successful in their career. Besides having a passion for music, you will also need to have a knack for writing it as well. Sometimes there are people who love a potential career with a vengeance but do not have the necessary skill set to make a profitable career out of it. Continue reading if you wish to know what skills you will need to be a successful songwriter.
• Creative writing skills. You will need to be able to write lyrics that convey feeling without being too wordy. This is a feat in itself. Some people are naturals at it and some people need to work very hard to become great at it. Don’t get discouraged if you are just starting and find yourself having trouble conveying the amount of feeling and ideas. Just take the time to practice and discipline yourself to write every day to improve your craft. If you need further help, try to talk to other songwriters to see their process or take a class in poetry to learn some new writing skills you may not have thought of.
• Broad vocabulary. Songwriters are great at creating lyrics that express exactly how we feel or what we are thinking. It helps when they have expansive vocabulary and can use the proper words to convey this message. When you aren’t writing, read, and when you aren’t reading, write. These two go hand in hand to improve your vocabulary.
• Great interpersonal skills. Despite how great your songs are, people will not want to interact with you if you are not personable or friendly to work with. Being personable is something that is highly beneficial when it comes to the music industry. While your work should make a reputation for you, it doesn’t hurt to be amicable. Yes there are plenty of people who can and will try to take advantage of you in this business but know who to look out for and always be polite even to those who aren’t as personable. You never want to burn any bridges in this industry as you can cross paths with the same people again and again in your career.
• Promotion and marketing. When you first start, you will need to find way to promote and market yourself. With social media, this is a great platform to showcase your work. Take advantage of what you have and use it to sell your services. Also, image is important. Make sure you convey the image you want to convey.
• Flexibility. There will be times where things will not go your way and you will need to flexible enough to handle it. Also this career can be very hard to be profitable in the beginning so you may need to find another source of income while you are pursuing this career as well. Understand that this will not a 9 to 5 job, and your schedule may not be steady for years to come.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-3043.05
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm

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