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Saturday, August 4, 2018

#Musicproduction: How To Ruin Your Career (Part 3 of 3)

Before I pivoted to artist development and music production, I spent many years as an artist. I was a musician in a band, singer/guitarist in another, and eventually went solo as a singer/songwriter, fronting my own, personal band. Since I didn't really come from an extremely musical family, I learned to be always a do-it-yourselfer. Although there were lots of great things that I learned as a DIY'er, I missed out on even more valuable information, which hindered my success at the time. I didn't make the most of the years of experience and knowledge from lots of the industry contacts that I may have met, because I didn't fully rely upon their advice. Being an emerging artist, this can show to be a deadly career move. Sometimes the insecurities to be an artist can manifest themselves in self-sabotaging ways.

Ruin Your Career - Way 3 of 3

This case study is the absolute most common ailment of most young new artists- second guessing everything as a result of not enough confidence in their very own vision. I've seen this in very young artists- which is an expected insecurity to some degree as an artist grows. However, it's also prevalent among artists that seem more skilled and seasoned upon first look.
This specific case study is approximately a young artist which was surrounded by too many people telling them how amazing they certainly were, and not enough people delivering constructive criticism. Several months were allocated to development and production, cultivating the very best path because of this artist's success that blended the trends relevant to their age, genre, style, and persona. Unfortunately, the artist, getting swept up inside their excitement about new music which was very underground, not so successful, and unrelated for their genre, decided that the direction must be changed.
These changes were unlike the the market conditions which were initially selected based on every one of the input and factors in accordance with the artist. Since the artists couldn't focus about the same path, aside from one which was the most advantageous for their success, and the consensus from the ability and expertise of the core team, the project fizzled out. And currently, this particular artist appears to be plagued by the exact same problems.
It can't be stressed enough how important it's to trust your team. You decide on them and assist them for the worthiness they bring to your career, and if they've clearly demonstrated that that's their core asset, then you need to be ready to accept the process for this to be successful. Being an emerging artist it's common to overthink and second guess. It's the biggest thing that may hold you back.
The very best approach to artist development and music production as an emerging artist is to offer yourself around the process and don't grow mounted on anyone outcome, while the journey will probably be a very different one than you anticipate. Be ready to accept the process, create and release your product, assess, adjust, and then repeat.

Links to all three articles: (every day one article)
How To Ruin Your Career Part 1
How To Ruin Your Career Part 2
How To Ruin Your Career Part 3