In the 1800s, scores of folks migrated west, seeking fortune in the form of gold nuggets. Today, countless musicians do the same – although the gold of their dreams comes in more of a round, record-type shape. For many, Los Angeles is the pinnacle of the music biz, but the competition is fierce, and there, more than anywhere else, only the strong survive. So how do you navigate these shark-infested waters? Here are some pro tips from Linda Fair, an LA-based A&R exec and publicist with 10 years of experience booking new talent and placing tunes in films via X-Rite Records and Java with Javelyn Indie Music Nites.