Building an Intentional Music Career | Joshua Van NessJoshua Van Ness is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer and native of New Jersey. To say that he has diverse interests and talents would be putting it mildly. Joshua is a regularly gigging artist racking in over 170 shows in 2019 alone.

Joshua is intentional in how he carves his music career, keeping in mind that he has a day job and a family to add into the mix. We talk about the strategy behind his goal setting, how he goes about getting better gigs, better paying gigs, and gigs opening with some of his heroes.

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about his 2019 milestones and achievements. We then go on to discuss:

  • How endorsements have played into the growth of his career
  • Balancing steady gigs, a day job and a family
  • The importance of promoting your events & fellow musicians
  • The business of working with multiple bands
  • Goal setting for 2020

Key Points

  • Get intentional with your goals
  • Balance your enjoyment of the work and the business of making a reasonable income.


“When it’s documented, it is there for you to check back on.How many things throughout the day do you not come back to because of other responsibilities? There’s something about it actually being in black and white where it’s always there to come back to as a constant reminder.”—Joshua Van Ness

“There’s a million things that go into being a working musician. [Social media] is just one of them and you have to balance it. It’s important to keep perspective.”—Joshua Van Ness

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