Another common mistake I see rappers making often is not having a professional presentation of their music. You may have heard the saying “first impressions lasts forever” and I couldn’t agree more. If you want to really increase your odds of having your music played it’s imperative to ensure that your presentation is on point.
We Must First
If we want other people to take us seriously we must first take ourselves seriously. This means taking the initiative to ensure that your cover artwork is professionally done. If someone handed you a cd that has the artist and album name written with a sharpie and is sitting in a cheap paper cd sleeve what would your first impressions be? I would question if the CD had any music on it all.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with doing this if you are just wanting to pass it around to family and friends. But if you are wanting to present your music to people you don’t know then this is a BIG NO NO! Please set some money aside or start budgeting to have your artwork and CD’s professionally done.
You can get really good artwork done from around $50-$300 depending on who you go with and what you want. And CD duplication can cost from around 0.37-$1 and some change per CD depending on if you want thermal or color ink and the amount of quantities. Of course it also depends on who you go with. As you can see, if you shop around a little you can get professional work done for a very reasonable price.
Are You Packing?
One more thing I recommend is getting some business cards printed up with your basic contact info and website address or url where people can listen to your music. Keep a few business cards on you at all times. I can’t tell you how many times I have been out and about and found myself in a conversation with someone that lead to me giving them my business card. At first you can tell they don’t know how serious you are but when you hand them a nice looking business card their perception of you instantly changes as you reinforce that you take pride in what you do.
How Did I Do?
So the morel of the story is since first impressions lasts forever make sure that you are making great first impressions by presenting your music in a professional manner. I hope that you found this article helpful. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please drop your 2 cents in the comments section below.