So what's on your to-do list for 2012? What are the things that are most important to you? The things on which you're going to focus your energy? A year seems like a long time, but it really isn't. It's going to be important for you to prioritize things so that you don't get overwhelmed trying to do everything that needs to be done over the course of an entire music career during one relatively short stretch of time. Be methodical and don't worry about things like being picked up by a manager or a major booking agency until you have something tangible to offer.
Being in a band or being a solo artist is a ton of work and it's work that will never end. There will always be something on the table that needs to get done, so it's essential that you understand your goals well enough to know where you need to put your focus now and over the next twelve months so that when January 1, 2013 comes along, you'll be looking back on a very productive year. A year that brought you to a new level, a year that has set you up to take the next steps that will be required to move you toward achieving your ultimate goals.
If your band is just starting out, I'd suggest putting your efforts toward writing and recording songs, playing as often as possible to create a strong live show, developing your image and recognizing the strengths of each band member so they can be utilized to contribute to the greater good. This is assuming, of course, that all the members of your band are on the same page professionally. If this is not the case or even if you're not 100% sure that it is, then begin there.
If your band has been around for a year or more at this point and you haven't gotten this far yet, then it's time to sit down and figure all this out. Don't spin your wheels any longer, get a solid plan together and start taking action. These are all the things that professional artists have given a great deal of thought to and that is, in large part, why they're successful.
The main message I'm trying to get across here is for you to not just let things happen to you all year long. Decide what's going to happen and then take actions to make them happen. Here's to a successful and prosperous 2012!!!