As previously stated, there are many ways to break into music journalism. However, the two most popular ways are freelancing and staff writing. If you are looking for more control over the work you write, how much you work and networking, freelancing is the path for you. The only downside is that it isn’t always stable as you need to get your clients yourself.
The other option is staff writing. Opposing freelancing is a staff writing position. Writers are given stable pay, but they are also required to write based on topics given to them. Turnaround times become much more important as well as long hours. The grind is sometimes too much, so many people decide to work full time, using freelancing as supplemental income.
How to Adequately Review Music?
When reviewing a piece of music, whether it be an album or single, be sure to show what makes it good or bad. Details such as the production value, lyrics, melody, composition and the overall way the song was created are paramount in reviewing music. In addition, it must also be very descriptive. If you attended a live show, be sure to describe the performers, what they were doing and how the crowd reacted as well as their music.