"Why wont they call me back? How come no one is coming out to the shows? Why am I not further than this by now in my career? "
These are the burning questions most artists will ask themselves...obsess over, stay up nights worrying about..
...when we need to be asking ourselves WHAT CAN I IMPROVE IN THE PRODUCT I AM CREATING?
We are asking ourselves the wrong questions!!
The simple fact is that the deeper we dig in and upgrade our skill sets the more "power and reach" we are creating in our career!
Having spent the better part of 10 years seeking to empower artists in all kinds of ways I can safely say the most important step first step is for us to take responsibility for where our career is at!
HOWEVER the simple fact is....no matter who we have working with us as a manager or agent, producer or industry professional ultimately the actual "manager" of our careers and of our destiny is ourselves. As artists we are the owner of the company, the producer of the product and the person responsible for the major decisions in our career. The people we work with on our team only advise and support our movement.
So, that means if we don't have our business skills or social media skills or our songwriting skills or our performance skills or our vocal chops together then it's up to us to figure out how to gain or improve on the existing skill set.
AND THAT IS HOW WE BUILD OUR CAREERS! ITS ALL ABOUT BEING WILL TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE AND GROW!
Growth is challenging in a number of ways. 1 ) we are never guaranteed of the outcome so it's not a "for sure" thing when we embark on the journey. This is where most of us fall down. 1) Being patient is not a trait that most artists possess 2) being bad at something is uncomfortable for us, so we avoid the experience with all kinds of road blocks and excuses. 3) taking responsibility for growth means we have to accept blame when stuff doesn't work out. Yuck.
The good news is that no one is growing unless they are failing sometimes, learning from their mistakes but making mistakes so they can learn! The bad news is that most artists don't focus on a step by step approach but get overwhelmed with the big picture and stand immobilized while their dreams pass them by.
ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?
When I am working with clients on Career Strategy Issues I ask them THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS!
1) Are you willing to take responsibility for where your career is at?
2) Are you willing to be honest with yourself about your challenges and be open to receiving new ideas and support in dealing with them...?
3) Are you willing to experience the DISCOMFORT that growth and gaining new skill sets is all about?
I'm always happy to work with new clients to help them become effective in their own careers.
Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your challenges are! Lets talk!