Everybody On Top is a ten week installment helping independent artists identify alternative paths to a mega career destination. Each article will discuss one specific path at a time. Why just one? One installment per week gives you time to identify your targets and formulate where to direct focused efforts. Your direct focus is the friction you apply to the field to see your path. This friction will also help you redefine success by your standards. Engaging one installment at a time is critical to seeing your path evolve in front of you, rather than looking back at missteps. Your path is not behind you. Nor should it be the parallel path of someone else’s destination. Understanding this is critical to seeing steps which are necessary to move you forward.
Path # 1. Take responsibility for your actions. Either you take charge of your career, or someone else will.
How many times have we thought, “I can do better than that. Why didn’t I get that opportunity? They just don’t get me.” Honestly, no one is more guilty of this than me. The blame game is today’s mantra. Our society chooses to lay blame on others for every predicament in life. Dad, mom, or “somebody did this or anything else that distracts from the real issue. This isn’t minimizing those genuine atrocities that life brings. There is nothing but love for you. Things happen and have to be dealt with accordingly. “If we can look up; we can get up.” Being challenged in almost everything; I have adopted this phrase as my morning mantra. Whatever it takes. . . Know what you want and where you want to go. Who are you blaming? Okay, now fix it.
You fix it by focusing your efforts in a direction that your ground work will yield the results you want. This is the most critical component in creating your path. Sometimes we just have to accept that ideal opportunities don’t happen for everyone. Volunteering to perform at a non traditional venue is an opportunity to perform in front of an audience. You never know who will be in that audience or what other opportunities will present themselves.
Create your own projects. Then find people and venues that will support such a project. Entertaining at community events can land you on the evening news. That is the type of coverage that you can’t buy. So find a venue. Offer your services. It creates word of mouth value. Corporations thrive on it. Why should your talent, your most valuable asset be any different? You and your talents are valuable commodities.
Think out of the box but get your talent out there. A road is nothing but a path of friction with a smooth surface applied. Every path has got to lead somewhere. So withdraw from the blame game. That puts everybody on top.