Success In The Music Business

  Many of us view success as being well known, well loved, and making tons of money, which is why so many performers try for that golden ring.  Although there are rare instances when that success is handed to you, 99.9999% of the times you have to work for it.  Not like a 9 to 5 job, but nearly every waking moment.  It starts with practicing and rehearsing until you have a killer show, then getting the bookings.  Once you have the bookings you need to keep your show fresh so you are not performing the same thing every night.  As your employment increases, so do the demands on your time.  Fans come to expect a level of quality that must be maintained or increase if you want to keep your fans or get new ones.  The great myth is that you can take it easy once you make the breakthrough into what you call success.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The closer you get to that success, the greater the demands on your time.  When you have more money than you need, yet have no time for fun or recreation of any kind, plus a total absence of privacy, things begin to look differently.  So many fall short of success because as they approach it they realize the tremendous demands that are imposed on them.  This is also why many who actually make that breakthrough, find that it isn't what they expected, and find that they can't get out of it that easily, end up insane or suicidal.  There's an old saying, "be careful of what you wish for.  You just might get it."

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