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.