A lot of people aspire to be successful musicians, from singing to playing the electric guitar. Promises to become the next Maroon 5 or ACDC have enticed many to clear their throat or grab their guitars and practice for many hours. Unfortunately, in today's world, attaining success as a musician is much harder than it ever was. And although most would love to believe that all it takes to become the next star is to be excellent at your craft, there is more to it than that.
In this article, we'll highlight three traits that we believe can help any aspiring musicians reach success.
1. Desire to be the Best
The music industry will be extremely competitive, just like any other industry out there. Therefore, it is just as crucial for you as for anyone else to strive to be unique, a one-of-a-kind musician that's worth the attention.
What do most musicians do to stand out from the crowd? For most, they believe that constant practice is the answer. Although that'll help, most end up spending the majority of their time and energy into only practising. In the long run, that will burn anyone out. When that happens, anything goes, and many will settle for "just enough." Although doing "just enough" is an easy route to a few small successes, the majority of musicians are doing the same thing, meaning more competition.
Yes, practice is good, but don't burn yourself out. Instead, focus more on your personal goals. That is what will keep you going forward and striving to be the best. In other words, have the desire before putting anything in full swing.
2. Showcasing Unique Personality
Are you wondering why, after 5,000 hours of guitar practice, you still aren't performing on stage alongside world-famous musicians? Knowing how to play an instrument can only take you so far. What really matters here is your unique personality and creativity. In fact, you don't even have to be a master at your craft if you can showcase your personality in a way that steals people's attention. What sells your music isn't really how well you play it, but how unique it is from everyone else's.
3. Not Afraid to Take Risks
Many musicians fall into the trap of believing that luck, money, and skills play a role in getting anyone famous. Although that may be true to a certain extent, believing in that will only cause a musician to play it safe. Remember, playing it safe won't get anyone anywhere.
What separates those who are still practising at home to those playing live in front of thousands is boldness and willingness to take risks. Your next gig isn't going to show up by itself, but it is up to you to grab opportunities by the throat and not let go.
Of course, we won't blame you for being afraid of losing everything when taking risks, but what if we told you that everyone felt that at some point? It is a scary feeling, but it is one you'll have to overcome. What will put you on top of the rest is blood, sweat, and tears, and a little bit of risk. In other words, persistence and courage will bring you close to your dream goals, not staring at a wall waiting for luck to play its part.
In conclusion, the painful truth is that, the harder the road is, the less the competition. Yes, practice helps, but something else matters more: your personal goal. What do you want to become? Is it a dream that seems impossible, yet you can never imagine not attaining it? It is those kinds of a dream that keep the engine running, the fire burning, and the musician striving to be the best. It is that same drive that brings character to your music, making it one-of-a-kind, and speaking more closely to your audience's heart.
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