have at least 2 “Fall back” skills, or an actual work/trade/profession that you can do while you are doing music business.
it will keep you far less desperate, and less likely to fall into situations where You are ready to work/do deals that are not in the best interest of doing music as a career.
Hopefully that made sense, because I have noticed that “If I would have prepared a LOT better for this industry”, and not been so “Needy” to have something going. I would not have had to go thru all these extra steps to “Clean up ALL of the BAD Deals/Contracts that I hastily signed!!”