Finding a mentor in your respective field in life can turn out to be a valuable experience that sets you up for success.
But finding a good songwriting mentor is not always easy. He or she has to be someone who you can connect with and who will understand you. Here are 6 things to look for:
1. Industry Respect
If the songwriter is not taken seriously by others in the music fraternity, chances are that you won’t get the level of respect either. Before choosing or pursuing a mentor, find out what others are saying. Ask for recommendations from people who worked with the songwriter and pay attention to reviews as well.
2. Relevant Experience
While your mentor does not have to be a chart topper, you should ensure he or she has enough experience in the field. Find out how many other artists they have worked with in addition to projects completed, etc.
3. Mutual Goals
If you are into R&B, you will hardly get much insight from a songwriter who specializes in heavy metal music, regardless of how successful he or she is. Always seek a mentor who is into your niche and who will connect with your goals.
If your mentor doesn’t display a high level of professionalism – showing up on time, enthusiasm to teach, and willingness to be objective – it may reflect on your own work. Again, ask other people who have worked with them before choosing.
You can’t put a price on quality but you have to be realistic as far as your pocket is concerned. As an up and coming songwriter, you might have to check around to find the mentor who offers the best value-price proposition.
6. Beneficial Style
All mentors have their own style of delivery but the one you choose has to mesh with you. Do you prefer someone who will be patient and gentle, or someone aggressive who will push you to the limit?
In songwriting, a good mentor can help you to avoid some pitfalls of the music industry while improving your chances of creating an impact with your lyrics. Choose wisely.