Do you have an intense passion for music, but you do not possess the talent to play it professionally? Fortunately, there are many other ways you can make a living in the music industry that do not involve playing it yourself. One career that might interest you is a music critic. These people listen to music or go to concerts and write reviews and critical commentary about the music they have heard and the quality of the performances. In the old days, music critics were relegated to working only for music magazines. However, since the Internet was invented, there are now a wide variety of music websites and blogs were aspiring music critics can gain employment. One of the greatest advantages to being a music critic is the ability to get free concert tickets and to listen to new music before it has been released to the public. So do you want to be a music critic? Here is how you can get started on that career path.
1. Take a creative writing class
While some people are naturally gifted writers, many critics need to hone their skill by writing as much as possible. It also helps if you can get professional instruction regarding how to write articles that look professional. If your grammar, sentence structure and punctuation are not the greatest, a creative writing class would definitely benefit you. Before you start sending samples of your writing to prospective employers, you need to make sure it is top notch. Most community colleges offer creative writing classes that do not cost very much.
2. Practice writing reviews
The only way you will improve as a writer and a critic is to practice writing reviews. You should write some practice reviews before applying for any work as a critic. For example, listen to an album from Boyd Tinsley. Write a thorough review of the album, including everything that you loved. Talk about the different musical influences he used for the music on the album. Keep this review with all of the other reviews you write for future reference.
3. Apply for a job
Once your writing is at a level where you are comfortable submitting it in an effort to gain employment, start sending it to all of the publications and websites you would like to work for. Do not be discouraged if you don’t get a job immediately. Be patient and stick with it.