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    Knowing When To Say No As an Artist & Why That’s Good For Your Career

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    Knowing When To Say No As an Artist & Why That’s Good For Your Career

    As an independent artist, it can be extremely difficult to get opportunities. That is why many unsigned acts do not feel comfortable saying “No.” However, there will be instances where it is essential to your work schedule and even your mental health to decline offers. 

    Let’s face it, your hectic musical work schedule will not permit you to indulge in everything. In addition to this, you want to be selective with the projects you work on and the people you work with. Saying “Yes” to every brand deal, collaboration or promotion will overwhelm you and can bombard your schedule. In a previous blog, we told you when to turn down promotional opportunities. Today, let’s explore other instances when you should say no as an artist and how to not feel guilty about it.

    Sketchy booking 

    A booking agency or promotion company may come to you regarding having you perform for a show. We previously told you the importance of contracts and when they are needed. If the booking agent is unwilling to present a contract to you, turn down this gig. This could mean that they are unwilling to legally accommodate you if they fail to keep up their end of the bargain. 

    Music collabs that don’t make sense 

    Versatility as a musician can take your career far. However, straying too far away from your lane can appear desperate and off-putting to fans. If you are a rapper, a collaboration with a country star may turn your fans off unless you are able to secure a mega-ht such as “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus or Nelly and Tim McGraw’s “Over & Over.” 

    When it jeopardizes your workload

    At the end of the day, your career comes first. If meeting an unrealistic deadline for a feature or getting a promotional post created interferes with your music schedule, it can wait. Always put your tasks first. No one matters more than you. 

    Why saying “No” is a good thing

    Saying “No” not only keeps your schedule in check, but it can also protect your mental health. Taking on too many tasks can weigh you down.


    We do not want you to miss out on any opportunity. However, we do want to stress the importance of prioritizing yourself and your career. Make your music a priority with Viral Media Boost music growth services. We are always here to help you.