Posted: 21 June 2018

Do you have what it takes to become a music legend? 

Read time: 5 mins

The great thing about music is that anyone can get involved but sometimes we don't know where to start. That's where Make Music Day comes in. Also known as World Music Day, this global day of celebration encourages people from all walks of life to come together to make, listen to, and enjoy music. Across the world musicians young and old are getting having a go at creating music at their local community centres, in music shops and even in the streets. But what if you want to do more with your music? What if you want to turn this hobby into a career? 

Take one look at your TV guide and you’ll see countless programmes selling you promises of fast fame and instant chart success. One audition could make you a star. One buzzer, one turn of a chair, one standing ovation could change your life. Yet all too often we see these overnight sensations pale quickly into insignificance.

So what exactly does it take to make it to the top? In this new series we look at the reality of life in the music industry and explore the challenges people face when taking their music to the next level. From rehearsing in your parent’s garage to performing your first gig to sending demos to a record label. We chart your journey as an aspiring artist, unpacking the various hurdles you might face along the way.

Our series begins with ‘Am I Ready?’. If you’re serious about a career as a musician, here are some things to think about first.

How do you know when you’re ready?

Ultimately only you can answer whether or not you’re ready to become a musician. It might be a decision that you come to after an agonising debate or you may just wake up with a gut feeling. We asked our Marshall Records artists how they knew that they were ready to pursue a career in music. Here's what they had to say: