Before I pivoted to artist development and music production, I spent a long time as an artist. I was a musician in a band, singer/guitarist in another, and eventually went solo as a singer/songwriter, fronting my very own band. Since I didn't really result 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 a lot more valuable information, which hindered my success at the time. I failed to take advantage of the years of experience and knowledge from lots of the industry contacts that I could have met, because I didn't fully rely upon their advice. As an emerging artist, this may prove to be a dangerous career move. Sometimes the insecurities to be an artist can manifest themselves in self-sabotaging ways.