How to Become a Full-Time Musician and Quit Your Day Job — Krannaken

David Verney
4 min readMay 10, 2021


All serious musicians dream about doing music full-time, but how do you do it? Do you hate your current job and want to get into something altogether more interesting? In this post, I show you how to follow your passion and quit your day job. Therefore, we look at look at how to become a full-time musician. I will also look at three main music marketing problems and show you how to become a full-time musician and make a full-time income.

Originally published at on May 10, 2021.

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Today’s video is inspired by a video on the JamMob YouTube channel. This is a particularly good YouTube channel if you want to learn more about music marketing. The main guy, Justin, is a well-known entrepreneur and musician. Let’s look at how to become a full-time musician.

Three Main Problems That Music Artists Are Making Today

We are going to look at three music marketing problems today that music artists are making. Let’s look at each of these problems in turn.

Music Marketing Problems №1:

Artists are trying to sell music when many people are listening to it for free.

As Tommy says in this video, it does not make much sense. What is the point in making your music freely available while expecting to make a living from it. If you want to learn how to become a full-time musician, please read on.

Music Marketing Problems №2:

People are streaming music. Therefore, I can make a living streaming.

This is a possibility, but very difficult to do and not very likely. This is because streaming pennies pay less than pennies per stream. Therefore, you need to generate hundreds of thousands of streams in order to make a decent income. As you are probably thinking, hundreds of thousands of streams is a pretty tough nut to crack.

Music Marketing Problems №3:

A lot of tours and live concerts are being cancelled. This is due to the pandemic and the issues that people are facing because of the pandemic. There are some musicians who rely exclusively on live performances.

How to Become a Full-Time Musician and Combat These Problems

Firstly, let’s look at your mindset…

How to Bcome a Full-Time Musician With This Mindset Switch

Instead of marketing your music to people and generating fans, you should be marketing to brands. This is as stock music. There is a lot more money in stock music than there is in streaming, music sales or gigging.

Bach is the example in the video. However, many other classical composers can also be used as the same example. These guys marketed their music to venues where they could go and play. That was the way musicians made money in centuries past.

How to Become a Full-Time Musician as a Stock Music Artist

This is a great way to become a full-time musician. You have to write the music once. Take different lengths of music from it and promote it on sites such as Pond 5, Audio Jungle and many others.


If you are an electronic music composer, I also advise you to join WeMakeDanceMusic. You can sell templates, sample packs, synth presets, stock music, midi files, etc, through WMDM and earn a great income. I especially like WMDM because you can repurpose products as other products. For instance, you can sell a project as a template for a DAW, but market the same music as stock music. Alternatively, if you have altered the presets that are used in your music, you can offer them as presets.

If you would like to learn more about selling stock music, please refer to this post. You can also find out more about WMDM here.

How to Become a Full-Time Musician By Gigging From Home

The only way that you can take full control over your gigging opportunities and quit your day job is through live streaming. If you use sites such as or the social media live sites, you don’t have to travel. Furthermore, you can spend less time and make a full-time living as a stock music artists while you are gigging on in the evenings.

Find out more about the significant benefits of gigging from home here.


Thank you for reading, “How to Become a Full-Time Musician and Quit Your Day Job”. I hope you have been inspired by the information you have learned here. If you would like to check out any of my other recent posts, please find them below…

Originally published at on May 10, 2021.



David Verney

Author of Complete Guide to Music Marketing, music blogger, music producer and multi-instrumentalist. Graduate from UWL, husband and father.