Let's face it. We all dream about labels, one day, knocking on our door and begging to sign us. So we work extra hard thinking that one day someone will notice our hard work. We work extra hard everyday and tell our peers that one day, maybe one day a major label will find us. Sorry to break it to you, but this will never happen. It is evident that a lot of music artists do not have the knowledge to succeed. This a major problem. The truth is, labels want to see artists sell records on their own before even thinking about signing them. Once a label sees an artist can sell 10,000 units on their own, this immediately catches their attention. Unfortunately, not many artists are aware of this knowledge and continue to be misguided by false beliefs so they continue to download beats off SoundClick thinking they will get their big break. In fact, this is detrimental to their career and will only hurt their image. As an artist, you have to prove yourself and gain respect from people already established in the music industry. Downloading beats for free is a sign that you're just trying to get in for free, but it doesn't work like that. Labels want to see you purchase quality beats and have the right paper work behind exclusives you purchase. This is called an "investment." As an artist you should look at yourself as an entrepreneur. You produce music, and sell it. How else are you going to invest in your brand? Although, if exclusives are more than your budget, leasing is another good way to buy cheap and gain high profits. Let's say a lease costs 50 bucks, you can easily make a song and sell the single on iTunes for a dollar. This my friend, is the key to success in the music industry where you can buy the Bentleys and big houses you dream about. No more long nights staying up late for no reason. Gaining knowledge will relieve a lot of the stress from you career. If you can't obtain the right knowledge, ask Google. Seriously though, Google is an online library where tons and tons of knowledge exists. However, I recommend buying books about the music industry so you can get a better understanding of how everything works. never jump into something without having knowledge the to help you succeed in that field. Don't Wait! Start Your Career Now!