The music industry has always been competitive and saturated. These days, income is being harder and harder to find, it is not always stable especially when you’re just starting out. It’s true that luck plays a big role in your dream of becoming a successful musician but many factors such as creating a strong framework to build on can be influenced to put you in a position to launch a musical career.
Several musicians who have lived and dedicated their lives for their music have some special qualities that are reasons behind their successes. Are you looking forward to knowing what qualities common musicians have? Well, here are the top 4.
- Has the will to work harder
A lot of times, people think that musicians like you just sit around all day and play music. What they don’t know is every musician is a jack-of-all-trades kind of person, learning the ropes in terms of marketing, promoting, and finding their own gigs. I know it all sounds like a lot but a successful musician must have this drive to exert more effort and work harder on the many aspects of a music career.
Putting yourself out there and doing all the work you need to make a name for yourself will be hard especially when you’re just starting out. This is why you must dedicate yourself to learning more things because this industry is not all about just music. Other than working hard for it, it’s important that you also learn to love educating yourself while going through the process so that working won’t be such a burden.
2. Can live with modesty
Successful musicians who were just starting out certainly didn’t think of making music just for money. Then, depending on the path you follow in the wide world of music, it’s gonna be hard to have a stable income. Even if you find an opportunity that is stable, it might take years before it’s large enough for you to have certain luxuries. Don’t let this scare you off because one important quality you must have is being able to live within your means.
One way you can do this successfully is by budgeting yourself. You can even get creative at finding ways to make money. You can teach and hold workshops to have a stable income while honing your skills and helping other musicians grow. Although you need to stabilize your income in order to make yourself capable of putting value in your work, doing music just for the sake of money is not a characteristic of a good musician. Professional musicians or even you, a musician who’s just starting must not expect a lot of money or luxuries when beginning your career in music but you should learn to live with modesty.
3. Has a patient and persistent attitude
Patience and persistence are key traits if you want to join the music industry, as becoming successful in music takes time and an unwillingness to give up. A career does not appear overnight, and especially not one in the arts. What’s more important is whatever your musical craft may be, as long as you’re taking steps to improve every day, you will eventually be one of the best out there.
A lot of people look for the ‘big break’ right away and end up losing hope when it does not come. I hope you’re not one of them because a lot of well-off musicians that seem to come out of nowhere started building their framework and planning their ‘big break’ for years. These are the types of musicians who are actually successful in the industry and can adapt well to all situations that arise.
4. Loves their music and practices it every day
In order to become a successful musician, it is important to love what you are doing as this is an essential part if you want to raise the bar for your skills. This is only possible if you are really passionate about your work and willing to practice on it consistently. Having passion is definitely important, but being able to practice every day is what helps you improve.
Stagnation is a killer in the music industry. Great musicians love the process of practicing and improving their craft to breakthrough in the list of successful musicians. In order to not only compete, but succeed in this hyper-competitive musical world, it’s absolutely vital to be on top of your game at all times.
Being successful in the music industry is not easy. You have that raw skill and talent but you should be willing to work hard on them, so, I hope this list helps you with that. I also hope that this guide helps you with your passion and path of difficulty and keeps you motivated for complete dedication towards your musical genre. Always remember that your income may be unstable for a while, but these qualities will keep you happy and satisfied with your career and work.