That’s how Making It: How To Go From Wanting A Career As An Artist To Having One begins. This is certainly a book about hard work, and one that lays out the steps for modern musicians to find the path to “making it”.
Co-written by attorney, songwriter and entrepreneur Matthew Crumpton, Esq. along with musician, songwriter, producer, engineer, and entrepreneur Tristan Kinsley, Making It… focuses on shedding light on the artists who have made it, by asking them this question: “How did you go from wanting a career as a musician to having one?”
The authors set out to find what has worked for musicians who made it. Because, as they say, a typical artist biography reads like this:
“She wrote songs, put them on MySpace, began making a name for herself across the country, and now she headlines arenas.”
Crumpton and Kinsley decided to find out the missing steps, by interviewing artists who have made it, and asking them this question: “How did you go from wanting a career as a musician to having one?”
Among the artists interviewed are Jerry DePizzo (O.A.R.), Joe Pisapia (Guster), Dave Barnes, Gabe Dixon, Five Times August, Chris Trapper (The Push Stars), Derek Webb (Caedmon’s Call), Marti Dodson (Saving Jane), Griffin House, Johnny Lee, and Erin McCarley.