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k.e.

Great post, Dave!

"This is all they know, and they don’t make any back-up plans." The first part of this sentence actually makes me weepy. It's so very true.

Sure, we artists have other skills... many "marketable" skills, you have to have them in order to pull off building an independent career. But personally I feel incapable of applying those skills to anything outside of music. I know from working in various non-music related jobs over the years that I do not function well unless I am actively creating music or working on something in support of my music. By this I mean I actually get depressed from it. I would say I have a compulsion to create.

It's great to see my feelings articulated here in this post.

David Trau

Right? I was just having a conversation about this. When you choose to go into this field you are willingly deciding to go in a differnent direction then virtually everyone else. A few years ago almost all of my friends decided to go to college to get a BA. I never even considerd that an option. I attended MI for 15 months for Guitar and Independent Artist Production and here I am 3 years later, my friends all still in school, with my own business, a job where i am involved with music everyday and the landscape to continue to grow. I never stop working, but I coulnd't be happier.

My question is at what expense did they choose to go to university? Everyone I know has another year if not more of school before they even start applying for jobs. Their choice to go to a "real" college rather than explore what they really want to do in todays world is no more secure then my decision not to.

Sam Bhattacharya

Dave, thank you so much for this article! It's right on the money on every point. I think musicians should plaster it on their walls. You really do live up to your last name! :-)

Michael

Thanks for this most excellent post. I think the most important advice on this post is the advice of not giving up. I think that is key as I've spoken to several musicians who are very talented but because they are not talented in business end up going broke and giving up and going back to work doing something they don't love and that's a shame. Because they are just at the brink at making it bigger than before but because they gave up on their music career they gave up the success they could have had. This article does a good job at mentioning not giving up. Thanks for that!

Gym Equipments Bangalore

I am involved with music everyday and the landscape to continue to grow. I never stop working, but I couldn't be happier...interesting blog..keep posting like this really its good..

Jackie

This is absolutely the best advice I have seen on this topic. You are spot on! Thanks for sharing. I think it will help a lot of bands out and help them decide if they have the commitment to do this or if it is just a "hobby" that they hope will succeed. Not everyone realizes that being a "rock star" and having that life took enormous devotion and incredible work before it happened. It actually looks to me like it is really not such a glamourous life for a very long time. It makes me appreciate the bands that stick it out even more though because I see what they went through to get there.

sjc

I've never seen it summed up better than this. End of story. : >

electronic musician Ugo Capeto

"Don't give up!" is the main thing. Somebody should make a song about it. Oh wait... Seriously, great article to put things back in perspective.

Lauren Laine

Greay post! If I didn't love what I did I would not have gotten up at 1 in the morning to write 1! I ended up writing 5! Do it for the Love!

Jennifer Vazquez

So funny. I am presently reading "Outliers" and totally agree with everything you and he say about the 10,000 hour rule. Anyone who is successful in their craft must put their full energy into it.

Anyway, as an artist I have stuck to music and have not given up because it is all of me. I am continuing to find my way to become a full-time musician.

Cheers,

lcc

Thanks Dave. As a 30 yr veteran of the music industry in Nashville, I wish every young aspiring artist/professional would read this! We live in an American Idol culture that is nowhere near reality. Those kids NEVER paid any dues. The true reality is that most "overnight success" stories belie the fact that there were many lean years of uncompensated effort and devotion paid to get there.
Great post!

Gordon K

I work hard at my music (performing, composing, recording, teaching). I like getting paid, of course. But I would never have gotten good enough at this *to* get paid, if I didn't love doing it!.

This whole article is spot on!

Nivedita ShivRaj

I work longer and harder as a musician now than when I was an accountant, but it is more satisfying, something I really love doing. Music as a career is more challenging - creating music, finding a market and staying in it. It allows us to grow as a person and faced with the challenges we can also tap into our talents & skills other than music which we did not know we even had in us.

This article is right on the mark!!!

Lightnin Rick

Interesting to read the comments here. While it's true that you can't succeed without hard work, it's also true that hard work does not in any way guarantee financial success, espcially in the arts. Notice that I said financial success. Artistic success is a different story; hard work and talent can usually produce artistic success. John Cage never made much money, and for most of his career made very little, but he's one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Financial success in the arts is in many ways a crapshoot, or perhaps a lottery, meaning that either way it's a big gamble. All of which I suppose is another way of saying that you really do have to love it, because in the end that's all you may have.

Eliza Neals

Thank you thank you thank you...
When people ask me ??? Now I can point them here Thanks

JoDi

Great reminders. One of my lowest "what am I doing?" points came after a tour that had high expectations. Helpful to know I'm not the only one. But I did keep going cuz I coudln't now.
And I have many moments lately as I'm preparing to record again where I look at how "long ago" I wrote a song and feel bad "nothing" came of it. But the feeling I have reviewing it, loving it, can outshadow that negative stuff, if I let it. Then,I tell myself "at least put it out any which way you can!"

Dave Cool

"choice to go to a "real" college rather than explore what they really want to do in todays world is no more secure then my decision not to"

I must say that I agree, thanks for taking the time to read the post and for commenting David!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

Wow, thanks for the comments k.e., really appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed the post, it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately.

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"You really do live up to your last name!"

Ha! Thank you Sam, I try my best ;-)

Thanks for reading and commenting on the post, much appreciated!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"most important advice on this post is the advice of not giving up."

I would have to agree, it really comes down to perseverance. Thanks for reading and for your comments Micheal, I really appreciate it!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"I never stop working, but I couldn't be happier"

That's the key, as long as you stay happy, then "work" just doesn't feel like work.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, appreciate it.

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"Not everyone realizes that being a "rock star" and having that life took enormous devotion and incredible work before it happened"

Right on Jackie! Some popstars/rockstars are the hardest working people in the business, it's not all glamorous parties.

Thanks for your comments!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

Why thank you :)

-DC

Dave Cool

Haha, thanks, appreciate it!

-DC

Dave Cool

"Do it for the Love"

Exactly Lauren!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"I am continuing to find my way to become a full-time musician"

I wish you the best of luck on that journey, it can be a wonderful one.

Thanks for your comments!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"true reality is that most "overnight success" stories belie the fact that there were many lean years of uncompensated effort"

Exactly!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

Thanks Gordon, appreciate the comments!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"I work longer and harder as a musician now than when I was an accountant, but it is more satisfying, something I really love doing."

That is amazing Nivedita, congrats!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

"I work longer and harder as a musician now than when I was an accountant, but it is more satisfying, something I really love doing."

Right on, congrats Nivedita!

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

Ha, thanks Eliza, glad I could help ;-)

Cheers,

DC

Dave Cool

Exactly, thanks for reading and for your comments JoDi, appreciate it!

Cheers,

DC

IV the Polymath

Great post Dave! To readers, I would highly recommend reading "The Dip" by Seth Godin if you haven't already as it relates to #5 & has helped me along the way. Am also reading "Outliers" at the moment.

Thanks for the great article Dave!

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