As a musician you will have to diversify your income in any way you can. This might mean mastering multiple crafts that are relevant in the field of music like; recording, songwriting, teaching. Maybe even things that are useful for other musicians or even businesses like graphic design, videography or marketing/social media managing. You might even have to get a part time job to have a steady income flow. These are things you might not want to do, but it's the route you'll need to take in order to get to the end goal of making your own music for a living. Without money it's very difficult to properly market and fund your own project or band. Even with all the free tools we have in 2017 and beyond, you still have to have money to pay for marketing campaigns online to build buzz around a new song, music video or album you have coming out. The best way to get word out to new people is through a good marketing campaign and ads. Word of mouth on social media is a good free alternative, but with the saturation of the music industry today it's difficult to stand out. You have to have eye popping content and solid sounding music and recordings. All of this takes money. Whether it means you buy your own equipment to record or make a video, or you go to a recording studio or hire a video director.
My advice to someone trying to make money doing music is to diversify your income stream as much as you possibly can. Don't turn down any gigs or extra jobs and always do your best to network, build contacts and relationships with others who can help you and who you can also help. Friendships build the roads to your success. And remember, like the old saying goes. You have to spend money to make money.
Look for a new blog post next Monday!