The Voice’s Manny Cabo, talks about funding an indie music career
LendingPoint’s social media strategist, Brianna Shelko, recently interviewed The Voice Season 9’s well-known rocker celebrity, Manny Cabo. Because LendingPoint offers loans to people from all walks of life, we spoke with this real pro to grab a little advice and inspiration from him about how indie artists can fund their music projects.
When did you start your independent music career?
I grew up in a household filled with music, so music has always been a big part of my life. I started my career as a drummer in the early 80s and joined a band that would later open for iconic bands such as 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse and Godhead.
How have you funded your music career, recording and albums?
I’m actually an international celebrity fashion photographer and I’m bringing a fashionable edge to Nashville and to artists around the globe. That’s what I’ve been doing to work my craft, brand and fund my music as well. Another way I’ve funded my career is by intense networking. My strong network of friends and fans have funded many projects I’ve done through their generous donations and purchases of my merchandise.
What’re some struggles you’ve faced as an indie artist?
I’ve had a really hard time finding devoted band members and artists who are as serious about music as I am. Finding musicians who are committed to your music as much as you are is hard to come by. In addition, some of my struggles revolved around financial distress. Like, how I was going to pay for new equipment, but luckily, some amazing companies saw my efforts and endorsed my music career by taking care of some of the costs, making my financial journey a little less stressful.
What’s some advice you have for indie artists who are trying to fund their music career?
My advice is to keep hustling! Keep up with your social media efforts as your fans need to know who you are as a person. You have to hustle gigs, perform your ass off and be real. Be identifiable and engaging with your audience. Just having a great voice or skill is not everything anymore, so you need to build your brand as if it was a business. If you’re struggling to find endorsements right away, save your money, and invest in yourself. If you have bigger projects lined up and need a loan, but you don’t have a perfect credit score and need a little extra help along the way, you can always reach out to LendingPoint to see if you can qualify for one of their music loans as well.
If you’re in the market to help fund your next music project whether that is recording a full-length album, funding your new indie music video, or trying to pay for a tour, LendingPoint is a personal loan provider specializing in NearPrime consumers. Typically, NearPrime consumers are people with credit scores in the 600s. If this is you, we’d love to talk to you about how we might be able to help you meet your financial goals. We offer loans from $3,500 to $25,000 with terms from 24 to 48 months, all with fixed payments and simple interest. Get started with your loan application right now.