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
However, DIY is a great mentality to have.
I do think you should KNOW how to do it yourself. Knowing how to do it yourself means that it’s easier for you to delegate and find quality people to work with. You understand the “definition of done” because you know what you’re looking for.
But if you’re only doing it yourself, you’re doing your creative career a disservice because you can’t be great at everything.
The learning curve to get ALL your skills up to a professional level is simply too great.
When Should You Hire a Professional?
My business, Audio Issues, was built to help musicians, producers, and aspiring audio engineers make better music.
I am a musician who became an audio engineer. I have also been a teacher for most of my life in some capacity, starting at age 20, so it’s not…