There are various things you can do to make music a career. You need to first decide what your objective is. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to be a singer, play a musical instrument or be involved in some other aspect of the music industry? It is a good idea to start small no matter what area of music you want to enter. For example if you want to be a musician then you can try to play or sing at a local establishment first, maybe at a bar or restaurant even.
You can establish a business and make your own label. This would need quite a bit of paperwork done though. Having a record label may be a bit daunting for someone new to the business so it may not be wise to make this your first step until you have more of an idea of how the music world works.
Networking your skills and talents is important. If people do not know who you are and what you can offer then you won’t make much progress. Social media is a good idea and many music artists have taken to posting you tube videos. You can also have your own website and twitter account. This way you can also publicize any events that you are performing at as well and gather some fans and followers.
There are other jobs in the music industry aside from singing or playing a musical instrument. For instance you can become a sound engineer, so you can still have a career in the music industry even if you are not a music artist. There are college degrees you can do to learn how to become a sound engineer, sound mixer or recording studio manager.
If you are serious about your music be sure to carefully read through contracts before signing them. The contract should be designed to protect you as well as the record label or whoever you are signing the contract with.
If you want to be a singer then you need to first make sure you can sing well. You can take voice lessons but need to receive honest feedback on your ability as being able to sing very well is quite a rare talent. If you do have the talent then it would be a good idea to also learn how to play a musical instrument and learn how to read sheet music.
It is essential that you research your chosen career carefully and control expenses. You will no doubt have to invest some money at some stage. As in most businesses it is important to keep any meetings you have and to be punctual. You should also communicate in a professional manner with whoever you meet with. You need to meet any deadlines you are given, whether it be booking to sing at a bar at a particular date and time or producing a demo tape. This will show that you are reliable and serious about your career.