How to become a songwriter: Danny and Sarah's story

Meet Danny and Sarah and learn more about their life as members of The Six. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

The music industry is so exciting and fast-paced, and gives young people a lot of advantage.

  • Danny and Sarah are members of The Six, a songwriting collective and band based in Manchester

  • Sarah didn't have a musical background, she was a poetry writer before meeting Rick (founder of The Six), who got her to join the band

  • Danny joined The Six as a song writer as well as continuing with his university degree

  • For Danny to be part of The Six, he had to reassure his parents that his education would not suffer and convinced them to continue to support him with his career

  • Danny says that "Music is always changing and there should always be new and different ideas", and "if you're that younger generation, you could be that new idea."

Danny and Sarah are both songwriters. Lyricists are writers who provide the words for songs. Writers also produce creative works including poetry and lyrics.

What to expect if you want to be a writer

  • Writer salary: Variable. You may be self-employed/freelance
  • Writer working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a writer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You could get into writing through a university degree. You'll usually need one or two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, or two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree in related subject like creative writing, English language or literature, creative and professional writing or journalism.
     
    For volunteering or experience in writing, you could join a local writers' group, entering writing competitions or by blogging online.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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