Path # 2. Self-Discipline. Be willing to work for what you want. Either you lay the foundation for your success or you can support someone else’s.
Producers, record labels and venues want artists that are trained, understand business, and have enough control over their lives to deliver a marketable product. That means showing up everyday in your life ready to do repetitious activities that polishes your talent, gets you connections, and delivers a marketable product. Only you can decide what that means to you. Any store offering a bona-fide short cut to success should have lines wrapped around the corner 24/7 under its neon signs blink, “Success short cuts sold here.”
Then three events would happen immediately. The first is I would not be writing this article. The second, you would not waste your time reading this article. We both would be in line vying for short cut product shelf. And third any doors in our way would be torn off by mobs charging us with the last of the short cuts secured in their greedy hands. Who’s to say that the short cuts would be relative to our goals? Are you getting the picture? If not, you are destined to be one of those who opportunity passes by or whining about how some agent or label wronged you. Even worse, no one gave you the chance to be discovered.
Wake up before the neon sign falls and hits you in the head. The only short cut to success is the one you are going to make with your hard work and preparation. You are disillusioned if you believe that an agent or producer is going to give you a short cut. Polish your skills if you want a record contract. Educate yourself about the business side as well as instruments, languages, music, and voice. Also be ready to build your own platform before you get in front of an agent or producer. It takes more than having a good voice or looks to succeed in the music industry.
Today’s competition demands that artists be realistic about their talent and resources needed to catapult them into stardom. Finances or lack of them play a big part in opportunity. Working a day job and saving might be the most feasible option for a beginner. Don’t expect others to invest in what you won’t. Know the business end of your craft. Doing business with the uninformed is big businesses. Don’t be a victim. Realize a reliable small start is better than an expensive no-start. Consider ways to use your talent that puts you in a favorable light with a mentor, venue, or job. A local venue owner might offer you a stage as a tool. You are the one who is going to have to add the elbow grease to shine.
Never dismiss any potential audience, fan, gig, or interview. No artist is ever that good. Every opportunity must be treated with reverence. Show up on time. Rock the house. Leave the place intact and thank management for your opportunity. It’s time to remove yourself from the blame game. Use that energy to discover something that will move you closer to your goals. Identify what you want. Decide you want it. Go after it. Never, never give up!