It’s late at night.

You’ve been working on this project since late afternoon.

And it’s finally done.

You fire off an email to the client with an mp3 of the finished song. You know you won’t get a reply until morning, so you toss and turn in bed all night.

The next morning, before you do anything, you check to see if the client has replied. And…


And the best part? Not only did you work on a project that makes you proud and makes the client happy, you also GOT PAID to do it.

Pretty sweet scenario, right?

But for a lot of people it’s just that — a scenario.

They rarely or never actually make any money from their passion for music and recording. Sure, they WANT to, but they can’t seem to break through the insecurity and frustration that surrounds actually asking people to pay you.

Here’s the harsh truth — if you want to make money, you’ve got to think like a business. Businesses don’t exist simply because their owners had a dream and a passion. They exist because their owners figured out a way to create something valuable that people are willing to pay for.

Maybe you’re not looking to quit your job and dive into recording full-time, but perhaps you WOULD like to start pursuing some paid gigs.

I say GO FOR IT.

There’s nothing like getting paid for something you love to do, even if it’s just a few bucks here and there.

To help you get started, I’m doing a webinar today (Thursday) at 2pm for my VIP members. I’ll be sharing a bunch of different ways to get clients, based on my experience and the experience of several engineer friends of mine.

If you’re not a member, five bucks gets you in:

…and the video recording will be available for all VIP members.

That’s it for today.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

2 Responses to “There’s Nothing Quite Like It”

  1. Xan

    It is harder than ever before to get people to pay for your work as an Audio Engineer.

    That’s cause most kids these days download a pirated or freeware mixing platform and *bing!* all ov a sudden they think THEY are an Engineer. Bullshit I say. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s hard to get people to pay even if you do good work.

    I would suggest that this in one ov the reasons why you run this page Joe. If you could get all your income from actually doing Audio Engineering for clients, you would have no need (nor time) for doing this page.

    But I am not saying this is a bad thing. Because so often these days we have to diversify to make a crust just a little from what we REALLY want to be doing.

    Me for instance. I would prefer to be just recording on every Solstice & Equinox and releasing 2-4 CDs a year from my band – which I do ov course – and derive my income from it. But no…too many shitty bands out there now…so the solution? I stared a label. I didn’t really want to start a label, all I really wanted to do was find a market for 1000 copies ov each *Self Released* Beltane CD. But the label is not too far away from my core interest, much like your site here.

    It happens in other sectors as well. I have heard ov fishermen in the North Sea, now running missions to offshore wind generators for servicing purposes. They love fishing, they prefer to fish but at least servicing the windmills still gets them out to sea on their boats while putting bread on the table.

    • Michael

      You’re so right, Xan, about diversifying, as well as about getting people to pay for your/my mixing skills.

      I’ve enjoyed getting my own music out there and getting royalty checks in the mail, but it’s not yet enough to be the sole household income. Hence comes diversity by mixing other people’s projects (which is an enjoyable thing to do anyway), composing strictly for Film/TV, composing for other genre’s, etc.

      And, yes, diversity even includes having various websites with affiliate links, all music related. If I can keep the scope in music I figure I’ll be happier than if I had to return to a “day job”.


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