A Day In The Life of a Full-time Musician

How is a day in the life of a musician, an artist! Is it composed entirely of creating music, or do outside distractions form a roadblock. Below, musician JOY IKE takes us through her day, and how she does what she does all in a day’s work!

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Official: www.joyike.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joyikemusic
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/joyike

The day’s routine varies on a weekly…and sometimes daily basis. For the most part I’m staring at a computer for roughly 6-8 hours a day. In fact, I know we all “need” internet access, but I’m convinced that if I didn’t have consistent access to  the internet, my music would lose its momentum.  Here’s a breakdown of what a day might look like.

When I start my day it’s usually in the late morning- 11ish. I start with hitting up Facebook and Twitter pages with a status update and tweet.  I try to put out a quick word about an upcoming show, a link to a new interview or video of mine,  or something music-related to get people engaged for the day. I’ve noticed that if I don’t tweet or update my status, traffic on my pages is slim. It sounds kind of trivial, but my goal is to, not only be connected with fans, but to remind them that I still exist in the over-saturated world of social networking. I’ll also continue to post and continue conversations with people through the day. So it might seem like all I do is tweet and FB all day, but that’s happening while doing the following…

EMAILS:

I’m surprised by how many important emails are coming to my Facebook inbox and not just my email inbox.  I respond to booking request, answer general questions about music and Cd’s, send a venue my sound specs for any given show, emailing band members about what time we need to be at a gig, etc.  The list goes on and on. I’m surprised by all the little details that need to be hashed out regarding shows…etc. I play an average of 2-5 shows a week depending on the week so there’s always an email in my inbox from some booker trying to figure out some kind of detail.  Small stuff. Big stuff.

RESEARCH:

I spend a decent amount of time looking into venues. Should I book there? Is that space appropriate for my sound?  I spend a lot of time staying posted on what other people are doing as well.  Oh look, so-and-so just got reviewed in that magazine. Maybe I should hit their editor up to see if I can get a review as well. Oh look, so-and-so just played a show at that new coffeehouse. Maybe I should shoot him an email and ask if its a gig that’s worth pursuing for myself.  Is it a good space. Does it get good foot traffic. What type of audience is it? Wow, I really like the calendar on my friends website. Maybe i should use the same tool they’re using. I’m constantly visiting friend’s websites, subscribing and reading newsletters for various arts organization just to see what is happening and what I should know about.  I also try to spend a percentage of time staying posted on my fans. When someone adds me, I hit up their twitter and facebook pages. Who are they? Are they with a publication? An organization? Did they add me because they just heard me at their school? What school? Maybe they go to a school that I should consider visiting. What mutual connections do we have and should I reach out to them for any reason.

MAINTENANCE:

This is the easy part. I update my websites. Whenever a new interview comes in, I update the press page. Whenever I have a general announcement, I update the home page. Whenever there are new shows, I stick it on the calendar. Its the easiest thing for me to do…and forget.  I try to keep things fresh by having a new post on my home page every monday morning, changing my FB profile picture at the top of the week, updating my EPK (electronic press kit) on a monthly basis if there’s anything new to add…etc

“more people will hear/see my music on the
web than will ever see me in person.”

CREATIVES:

This is probably my favorite part- Designing artwork and editing videos. I love creating posters for my shows and putting together video recaps from interesting shows I’ve been a part of. Here’s a favorite. Videos might not seem like an incredibly important piece of the puzzle, but I’m realizing that more people will hear/see my music on the web than will ever see me in person. So why not bring the show to them!  Other smaller creative projects involve finding new ways to bring awareness to my music through fan contests, free downloads, temporary promos on my merch store…etc.

ACCOUNTING:

This part I hate the most. This is the part where I keep track of my expenses – my mileage to and from shows, money spent on music-related purchases, toll costs on the turnpike, income from shows, payment to band members, etc.  Anything involving the exchange of mula.

OTHERS:

On any given day/week, my obligations might change slightly and I’ll do some of the above more than the others. Weekly obligations also involve meeting people for coffee to discuss “ideas”  (this happens alot, suprisingly), and taking care of other responsibilities, like this blog, for example.

Excerpts from http://www.grassrootsy.com/

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