Theoretically… and this is very theoretical. One could attempt it if you lived somewhere where the cost of living is low but with enough amenities to be able to still do this: like internet, access to banks, repair shops for gear etc. Also this is assuming you understand the marketplace well and it’s demands, have good production and composition skills and are good enough at marketing your stuff a bit and this all works out for you here. I know some guys do do this full time but I’m sure they’re supplemented by individual commissions they get from private clients they may or may not have met via AudioJungle. If you have a family to take care of then that just adds another dimension.
One thing though, I can imagine if you’re married to someone who earns quite well and they don’t mind you doing this and taking care of the house and kids then I’d say it is possible if you’re able to organise your time and do the other things mentioned above! I hope you’re wife/husband is a doctor or lawyer LOL.
Sorry to hear about your job
Your music sounds pretty good, but I would be careful….better to get a job of some kind and do this as well, gradually build this up.It takes a long while to build up a living here I believe.
+1 Gotta agree with Del. Also, don’t make your decision based on September, October and November sales. These three months are regularly the strongest for most authors and you may see drops of up to 50% or more in the quieter months like January and February.
If you’re gonna try full time I tell you know it will take up more time than a 9-5 job, as other authors have told me. You’ll need to be spending time promoting your music, working on your site and maybe expanding to other sites. I myself work in other fields but can imagine doing this full time can be very time consuming yet extremely rewarding!
Mind you though, if your savings are excellent and you truly can organise yourself well I can imagine you may be able to live off this in the future. As another thing to note, even the top authors here do other work outside of AudioJungle (mostly music but not all) so even they don’t live 100% off AudioJungle.
My best seller is a jazz/detective/noir sort of track. The next best seller is a metal/heavy rock track.
I guess that motivational sells good but it might be better to find a niche and have very iconic, easy recognizable style/feel.
+1 Gotta agree with Mihai, if you wanna play for the long run (consistent sales over a long period of time) I’d go niche with music you enjoy composing. You’ll find that you’ll sell better in certain genres than others and they often won’t be related!
I know someone will probably give you something more specific than my explanation, but to help calm your nerves here’s my interpretation:
Given the relatively generous price AudioJungle gives for music licenses compared to other places, your customers seem to not believe they have full rights to your songs and want written proof that they truly are allowed to use it in their advertising campaign. As to what to do that’s a tricky question. As far as I know the AudioJungle license does cover what they need so they should be ok and you can just draft up a document that says so.
Again, don’t take this as a final opinion. I’m sure many more experienced authors will chime in soon!
It’s interesting how lots of us have similar answers. I too would want to still do something creative where one could eventually look to become del employed.
I’d probably be a film director, writer or graphic designer.
It is true that defines silver paw between the PRO and non-PRO. To me it seems at least. It is also true that the higher the paw more pressure. When the month ends and I see the score to 0 and the next begins … you think I’ll get the same sales? To me this gives me a terrible pressure. The more money you make more pressure. The better the paw, more pressure.
I did engineering in University and with that lots of maths and statistics, because of that I know there is a probability (albeit tiny) that I may never score a sale again. I know it sounds ludicrous and actually I’ve reached the point where there are more days I do get a sale than don’t, but still… whenever I don’t get a sale for like 3 days straight I think… wow is it the end for me?
For me, it was the gold paw. Don’t get me wrong, silver was great, and I’m looking forward to it for my exclusive portfolio (and getting ahead of myself since I’m still a while away from black). But when I started, gold was kind of the end all be all of paws, and even the mighty Soundroll had not reached it yet.
I remember calculating back in 2009 how long it was going to take me to reach gold, and wondering if AJ would be around long enough for me to get there. So achieving it for me was the milestone, and was the only one for which I started a “celebrate me!” thread, which was really more of a thank you to everybody.Elite is cool, but it was sort of a Johnny-come-lately and didn’t have the gravitas of a digital paw, or at least was a different paradigm. And I’m not complaining about Blue Steel at all, but you kind of have to look closely to distinguish it from silver. Gold really stands out on the other hand. Wouldn’t know about plutonium yet…
I was going to include the bit about how Silver looks like Blue Steel but I didn’t at the end. It’s so interesting hearing about how things in AudioJungle started. Isn’t it incredible how much envato has grown?
If you’re one of those people that are here just for the musical experience and aren’t really too fussed about making money then congratulations, you will lead a long and happy life and the contents of this post will probably seem silly and irrelevant to you.
If you’re like me and enjoy the money making process here and the awards we get like paw colours and badges then read on friend:
In my opinion, the Silver Paw is the best paw. Now I know many of you will say “No, there are plenty of better paws: the Golden Paw, the Blue Steel Paw, the Plutonium Paw etc.” but hear me out. Whilst I agree that they are obviously better in financial and reputation terms, the Silver Paw has a unique magic to it. You see, the fancy paws like Gold, Blue Steel and Plutonium belong to a select few (who have definitely earned it and kudos to them) and to most of us seem rather out of reach (for now anyway). The Silver Paw on the other hand has 3 aspects that make it the best in my opinion:
1. It is reachable. I feel that with enough hard work, dedication, understanding of the market and patience, most authors can eventually reach this paw.
2. It has a nice and wide range to it. This is maybe the best thing about this paw. 10,000 to 50,000 dollars earned. That’s comparable to some white-collar jobs if you earn it in a couple of years! Best of all this paw has some nice bragging rights to it. You can show your friends the site and since most of us don’t discuss our exact finance with friends, they can just assume we earned something in the middle and leave the rest to their imagination (besides they don’t know what our %split is!)
3. Related to the other 2 points. Because of the nature of the growth curve here on AJ it is maybe the paw that most of us may wear the longest. I can only imagine to cross that 50k line takes quite a bit so I think there is an added sentimentality to that paw.
Anyway,I think plenty of you have detected there is a bit of comedy in the post but it all comes from a very funny and well intended place! I can earnestly say that I can’t wait to have my Silver Paw and am very happy for all my friends here that have it now!
So yeah, tell me what you all think is the best colour paw and why!
Great guy, great musician! Well deserved! Congrats mate!
Killed the Sith Lord to save his son and featured author! Not too shabby! Well done Anakin!