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Two Kinds of Friends

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There are two kinds of friends.

Those that encourage you by telling you your mess-up wasn’t all that bad. That the test wasn’t fair, the judging was too strict, or the expectations were too high.

And those that tell you yes, you could’ve been better prepared and you should’ve practiced more. What the judge said may have been correct. That you can, and should, do better next time.

Both kinds of friends are nice to have.

You’ll achieve success by listening to the honest ones.
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Dear Musician, What in the World are You Thinking?

Dear Musician, What in the World are You Thinking?

Yes I know you know it’s a big world out there. But dear musician, have you spent any time considering how and where you fit in? I hope so.

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

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It’s a Big World

  • Where do you want to live?
  • Why?
  • What do you know about the music scene there?
  • Can you make a living as a musician there?
  • How?
  • How much of a living do you need to make to live there?
  • Do you want to travel as part of your music career? Where?
  • Do you want to travel for fun? Where and how much will that cost?
  • Where do other musicians like you live?
  • Should you live in that same place or should you live somewhere else and be unique?
  • Where do fans of what you do live? Do you have to live there too? Do you want to?
  • How can you reach them directly or, how in the world will they find you?

“Life’s a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your Journey

I hope you’ll take the time to consider these and other questions about you and your world. Yes I want you to enjoy the journey, I just want to make sure yours is leading to the destination you truly desire.

About Steve Grossman: Former ACM and Grammy Award winning drummer. Author, teacher, speaker and Dale Carnegie Facilitator. Music career coach and mentor.

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Dear Musician, If I Could Say Only One Thing

I spoke to a group of college music majors this past week and it got me thinking about this question. So dear musician, if I could say only one thing to you about succeeding in music, here’s what I’d say.

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You’re Never NOT Marketing

  • See every conversation as an opportunity to build your network that will lead to the work you want.
  • Understand that every gig you take tells the world what kind of career you want. Taking a gig ’cause “it pays great” tells everyone you’ll play anything for money. This is fine if it’s true, but what if you truly want to play on a big rock tour?
  • Always play great. People won’t know or care that you’re having a bad day or don’t care about the music. What they will know is that you’re a bad player and you don’t care about music at all.
  • Dress for the gig all the time.
  • Get around people who are in life where you want to be.
  • Help others get to where they want to be in life.
  • Show up on time or early and be glad to be there.

In other words, be intentional about everything you do and say so that it leads naturally to your music career.

About Steve Grossman: Former ACM and Grammy Award winning drummer. Author, teacher, speaker and Dale Carnegie Facilitator. Music career coach and mentor.

Website. Books. Workshops. Twitter.

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