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.Read More
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
It’s a Big World
- Where do you want to live?
- What do you know about the music scene there?
- Can you make a living as a musician there?
- 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
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.
There is no shortage of talented musicians wanting to “make it” in music. What’s rare are the musicians who work on all four parts of music success.
Not surprising, the first part is music itself and the requirement here is also not surprising: be great.
Of course there are untalented stars, but they are rare and they don’t last.
The first part of music success is to be great. Period.
The second part of music success is to put on great live shows.
Entertaining, engaging and exciting performances connect people on a personal level, drive merchandise sales and create lifelong fans.
A few additional thoughts:
- Understand that there’s an art to putting on great live shows that goes far beyond playing or singing well. If you can, get help. For the best information on this subject, check out Tom Jackson Productions.
- You’re not off the hook if you’re a “sideman” or studio player. Of course it’s not the same as if you were headlining Madison Square Garden, but there’s always a level of expectation surrounding the experience, engagement and excitement of your playing.
The third part is the actual building of a career and doing this well is a must for long-term music success.
There’s an art to building a career too, and yes there’s lots to learn, but all you have to do is act like a CEO:
- A CEO is responsible for the overall health of the business. Keep control of your business and you’ll be fine.
- CEOs also guide the message of the “brand” and yes, you have a brand. Always remember to communicate who you are and what you want in everything you say and do.
- Lastly, CEOs protect the core of the business.
No amount of success in or out of music matters if you’re not:
To learn more about parts three and four (and how to balance one and two), check out my book here.
Which one or two of these have you been neglecting and what will you do about it now that you know?