In the world that we live in, all that most people live for is to make and spend money. It’s understandable that people think like that because of the way society is, but when it comes to getting paid to work, it’s essential.
I was always told from a young age to never work for free, and while that is true, it doesn’t mean that you should always be paid for your services. There is such a thing as working for free – allow me to explain.
Today it’s always sell, sell, sell. As a producer or beatmaker, it’s normal to want to get paid for your beats, but what about mentoring? Just as I’ve always preached that you should form relationships with people, rather than just trying to sell to them all the time, the same thing can apply to mentoring.
Normally you would think of a big brother type of situation where you mentor a young kid, but what about mentoring them when it comes to making beats?
There was a point in the 90’s where my friend’s girlfriend’s younger brother wanted to learn how to scratch. So my friend thought of me right away and I jumped on that immediately because I thought it would be fun, but also because I knew I would be helping this kid out.
The main reasons why I wanted to help him was because:
No one showed me how to scratch.
I practiced by myself.
I had no one to talk to about scratching.
So with that in mind, I knew that if I helped this kid with his scratching, then he wouldn’t have to experience those points.
I haven’t had the pleasure of teaching someone how to make beats, but I can imagine that I would get the same experience from it as I did with teaching someone how to scratch.
It’s not just about helping someone out and feeling good, but by mentoring someone, (it doesn’t have to be a young person), it will help you out in the long run. The reasons why is what I just mentioned before: you will now have someone to talk to about beats, plus someone to practice with!
I know for some of you it may not be a big deal, but it’s definitely something that can help you out, if you were to do it.
There are schools that you can sign up with and they will teach you how to use certain DAWs, gear, plug-ins, and give you mixing tips, but it’s a school and you have to pay. The whole point of this exercise is that you help someone avoid that path. If a person wants to go to a school, that’s great for them, but I sure wish back in the day that I had someone to show me how to DJ, because I didn’t have money to go to a school and learn!
Mentoring can also very easily branch off into other areas. For example, it’s something that you can add to your job resume, which shows that you are patient and like helping people. It can also be used as a way to possibly land a job working for a school or company – or even yourself.
Let’s say you start teaching a few people how to use Maschine and make beats with it. You’re doing it for free, but if you become really good at it, then you could very well open your own beat making class. It’s really not that hard to do because you would just need to find a space to use (maybe even your own home), and then you can start charging people for your services.
There are also plenty of schools, from high schools to private schools (like Dubspot) that are looking to hire people that can teach their students certain skills. This is where you can come in, and you would get paid for your expertise.
The bottom line is that offering your services for free is not a bad thing at all because in the long run, you could easily turn your services into a stack of cash. There are times where you can just help people out without looking for anything in return, but if you have the expertise and you enjoy helping others, making a living from that is a definite possibility. Good luck!