Making it as an artist is not an easy thing. Even if you have the talent, you’ll need to find contacts, time and money to invest, and obviously, you must be kind of lucky as well to stand out from the rest of the pack. Still, besides talent and luck, there are a handful of things we can control to have a successful career as a musician, and today, we’re going to give you a few pointers on this regard.
Even if this may seem dumb or corny, optimism is your biggest survival tool. If you’re always optimistic about the future, you’re most likely to persist and continue to work and not get overwhelmed by frustration. Try not to take things personally. There are around 80.000 albums releases per year, yet Billboard only tends to consider as much as 200, which is good for the 0.25% of the total releases. It’s not as easy as you may think. But a self-defeating attitude will make things even harder.
Be Flexible but Strive for Greatness
Your creative process must begin with the music you listen to. That means that more often than not, some artists tend to lower their standards when creating because of people’s mediocre taste. Therefore, you must study what people are listening to right now. Which trends can you improve? How can you take a little bit of everything, but create a way better product than the ones people are listening to?
Surround Yourself with Wise People
People always tend to look for a role model or a successful person to try and find tips or advice that will also help them find he sends a kind of success. However, the best advice doesn’t always come from the mentor that has succeeded, but from the one who failed and became aware of his mistakes. Also, you must try and have a group of friends and colleagues that could objectively talk to you about your music. Constructive criticism will always drive and push you forward, and it must come from people that actually know what they’re talking about. Your parents and grandma will always love your work, so find someone that could help you improve.
Once again this may seem like corny advice, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Success is never a straight path. Once an artist or musician has already made their work popular, there’s always a huge failure story behind it, so you must be patient. Unfortunately, most of your new fans aren’t always going to be fully aware of all the things you went through and how you managed to beat the odds and become the voice of your generation. Don’t let adversity and obstacles lower your spirits and remember – sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. Nobody has had an easy path towards success in the music industry, and those struggles are what makes it even sweeter when you’re on the top of the world.