Why musicians should be selective
Being a musician is a very unique path to walk. It requires dedication, passion, and a relentless pursuit of one's art. While some may view it as a glamorous lifestyle, (we have our moments) the reality is far from it. Many of us often find ourselves merely surviving, barely making ends meet, and struggling to make our mark. However, I believe there is a key difference between surviving and prospering. It lies in the choices musicians make when it comes to their music experiences.
Selectivity is crucial for us who aspire to thrive as artists. With countless gigs, collaborations, and artistic opportunities at our fingertips, it can be tempting to say "yes" to everything that comes our way. This approach often leads to us spreading ourselves too thin, leaving little energy and resources for impactful projects that truly align with our vision.
I like to focus on the quality of the music experiences I engage in. It's not about the number of gigs played it's about the value I can extract from each experience. By carefully selecting opportunities that align with our artistic vision and goals, musicians can cultivate a meaningful and fulfilling career. This approach allows us to develop our skills, and establish our unique musical identity. Yes, we can pay our bills doing this.
"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined."
- Johnny Carson
When you choose experiences that excite you, you increase your productivity and become more visible as an artist. This leads to more lucrative experiences. because your musical experiences align with the purpose, you will be ready. This becomes a wonderful cycle, your excitement and happiness cultivate a magnetism that will attract the people you want to work with, the money you want to make, and take you to the places you want to go.
Artists must be selective with the experiences they choose, ensuring that each opportunity aligns with their artistic goals and contributes to their long-term success. By curating a portfolio of meaningful experiences, can foster personal growth, and carve out their niche in the industry. So, next time an opportunity presents itself, ask yourself: Will this help me thrive as an artist or simply allow me to survive? The answer may be the key to unlocking your path to prosperity in the music world
Candace- The happy Musician Coach