Many creatives have been here before. No gigs. ‘Exposure’ gigs. No money. No food. Nothing.
When you listen to musicians that made it talk about how they did, there is something very fairytale-esque about it. A good story especially of digging the trenches lined with almost unshakable poverty but against all odds, the creative wins is just fantastic to hear. That’s why when you hear of how someone else made it, you get a new burst of energy to continue your own hustle! It makes sense. You grind and grind and grind and grind. But you have hope. You grind and grind and grind and grind. You feel like giving up because things aren’t quite working out. You go online for some inspiration from your favourite artists. You watch a documentary on how they made it. And so the cycle begins. Again.
Most musicians can identify with that. There is no better story than the David and Goliath of the music industry.
In a perfect world, you would finish high school and just say screw school altogether and follow your passion. You grind for a year or 2 while your parents/guardians foot the bill before your big break happens and voila! Success! From there, your only worry is how to stay relevant otherwise your bills are paid, you’ve bought a home. You’ve bought your mum that house you promised her. You have 2 cars outside and can afford to vacation at least twice a year. Can you smell that? It’s called success.
Yeah, at some point I had that very dream myself but here we are.
So really, what do you do when it seems as if the music just isn’t paying the bills? Listen to the podcast episode to hear my thoughts on the matter.
One thing is for sure, there is no guarantee that if you give your all and make sacrifices you will get fame and fortune back. Some do. Others don’t. That’s life.