Learning is an ongoing process. You learn to be professional, just like you learn to walk and talk; it comes with time. Being professional does not mean you have to be serious 24/7 or walk around wearing a tie to look important. The idea is to present yourself and your band in the best way possible, in terms of appearance and communication. In the initial years of your career you may not find it easy to understand certain aspects of professionalism, however it will come with time and experience. An easy way to learn is by observing the stars and members of famous bands. As you grow in age and in your career, present-ability becomes more important. By practicing the following you will be able to portray a more professional image of your band and yourself:
While determining your success, the level of respect and maturity play an important role. There are various materialistic opportunities that may help you form an aura of professional success. For example, you might want to spend on what you wear on stage, and this small change would make a lot of difference in your first impression on fans. It would not be wrong to say all ‘that counts is what’s inside’ and your talent will show more than your clothes, however, being well-dressed portrays professionalism and makes people take you seriously.
To maintain a professional image, it is also important to have a website for your band and yourself. Before you contact a company to create a website for you, make sure you have a professional bio, latest photos and videos and a link to your music ready with you. Your website will display your talent and sell your art and music to your audience and bookers.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of professionalism when it comes to representing your band. It is important to keep in mind that there is a place and time for everything. Show your grown up version by watching your manners in a professional environment. Professionalism portrays a matured image of you, which makes people take you seriously. It is important to be taken seriously, in order to be remembered. Listening more is a sign of good communication. If somebody is speaking with you, listen actively. This will make you understand them better and when you look involved in the conversation, the speaker feels that you are being courteous and respectful.Indie music.
In the business world, if someone is successful, the credit of his success often goes to his level of professionalism. Opportunities don’t come walking to you. You have to earn them. In order to make your band successful, it is important to communicate professionally and effectively in emails to bookers, personal emails to selected fans, fliers, advertisements etc. You cannot afford to write “yo dude!” in a professional email. While this may sound basic, aren’t all of us used to typing ‘u’ when we want to say ‘you’? Being an indie artist or an indie band, you will be doing a lot of fliers and calendars yourself. You will often find yourself typing emails to famous people and you don’t want to go wrong with your language. This is when being professional in your communication will help you.
Your professional ways will help you build a good reputation in the industry. During the early years of your career, when you will probably have limited source of capital, word of mouth strategy will be very helpful for advertising. Even in the indie music industry budding artists should learn professional requirements of the industry and treat co-workers and band members in a professional manner and strictly follow work ethics in all dimensions of work.
Make sure you leave a good image on people you come in contact with.