Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Success in the music industry can be very elusive. The fact is that the mere definition of what defines that success has changed so much that people have become down right delusional. The one thing that has not changed is the fact that it takes tons of courage to succeed in this business. You have to truly be unafraid of ANYTHING especially failure. I've worked with so many musicians and artists who had the potential to be world class but they lacked the courage to leave the comfort zone of their small town fame or where just afraid to take any real chance on their career. Success is not something that just happens. You have to work for it and pursue it. You must take every opportunity to travel and expose who you are and what you do to as many different people in as many different places as you can. This combined with the Internet can and will definitely improve your chances of success. You must also gain a presence of some sort in a major market. If you are trying to become an actor then you already know that living in Mississippi is not the place for an aspiring actor to build a career but it takes courage to make these kind of decisions. Most people will make excuses like I'm to old now, I don't have enough money, I don't have any contacts in that city, etc... These are all excuses and excuses only satisfy those who make them. If success in this industry is what you want then you have to have the courage to take in the world or at least join it. Now if you are satisfied being a local hero or a small town star then you have already arrived but don't waste anyone else's time with stories of how you are going to make it big and do this and that. Remember talk is cheap old do is still the thang, if may borrow from the Little Richard book of wisdom. Decide what you want and then courageously attack it and don't wait for people to tell you it's OK. Most people are afraid of success so all they will do is tell you why you can't be successful so don't listen to them or else you will be just like them. Be courageous and let's go get the success we so deserved. In the immortal words of James Brown, "I don't want nobody to give nothing, just open up the door and I'll get it myself." Now that's courage!
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