Should You Hire a Professional To Help Your Career?

Bjorgvin Benediktsson
6 min readNov 15, 2023

I received a concerned email from a subscriber regarding my DIY guide on How To Make an Album Cover.

They didn’t like me advising artists to use Canva and AI instead of hiring graphic designers or visual artists.

This raises a larger question about the DIY mentality of creative people that I thought I’d cover in today’s post.

The Downside of DIY

Doing it all yourself is HARD.

After teaching thousands of musicians and producers how to mix, master, and release their records by themselves, I’ve realized something:

“You probably shouldn’t do it all yourself.”

Doing things by yourself in a vacuum is not only incredibly difficult because of all the skills you need to master.

And when you’re alone, it’s easy to second-guess yourself. It’s easy to let the negative self-talk take over.

Then, before you know it, you’ll look at the work you were so excited about a week ago and think it’s all garbage.

So one of the biggest things I’ve changed my mind about in the last few years is that you shouldn’t do it all yourself.

Knowing How ≠ Do it ALL Yourself



Bjorgvin Benediktsson

I write about music, creativity, and entrepreneurship. My new book, You Get What You Give, is out now. Grab it here: