Negativity can hold us back from a lot of things or just make normal situations uncomfortable. However, is negativity holding your band back? There is hope for you to make a positive turn around. Stop it before it takes control of your future. We all know the music business has its ups and downs and that it can be super stressful at times. We all want to make it into the main stream and sometimes the constant “No!” can bring down your spirits. Don’t let it. Your time will come. In the meantime, stay positive.
Maybe you’re idea of success isn’t happening as fast as you would like it to. It’s ok. Every artist needs to put their time in. Even when you are famous, you are going to have good days and bad days. Take anything that can turn into a mood killer and make it a learning experience. Not as many people show up to your last show as you expected? Take a deeper look into why? Did you promote it enough? Was there something bigger going on in the area? Use your bad times as an opportunity to rework your music career.
It’s true when they say to stop caring what other people think about you. It’s easier said than done, but it will make it better on you if you can learn how to separate the people that just plain hate you and the people that are giving you a critique to use to help you. You can’t take everything so personally. People are going to talk. Other bands may say things because they are jealous of your success and want to feel better about themselves. You need to tune all of that our and not let it affect you in a negative way.
If you want to make it in the music business you have to live in the right now, not the someday. You need to work hard every day! You need to practice (even if it’s on your own) every single day. You need to spread the word of your band every day. There are no days off. If you wait for someday, you’ll be waiting forever. Make today your someday and be proactive!
Odds are, you’re not the only one in your band that has fears of never making it, or messing up or whatever it is that you’re afraid of that might be holding you back. Instead of holding it in, talk about it with your band! They are in the situation with you, so they are going to be the ones who are going to understand.
Focus on the good days that your band has and use the not so good days as a learning tool.