We all know that being an independent musician can be tough. You play a lot of gigs to half sold out rooms for little pay. You’re already working a full time job or you’ve made the decision to focus only on music and you’re not seeing the progress that you would like. You feel like selling your guitar, cutting your losses and just giving up. Before you decide that you are going to throw in the towel, ask yourself these questions to make sure that you’re 100% sure you’re making the right decision.
Why did you want to start doing this in the first place? Being a true musician isn’t something that you learn to do, it’s something that is in your DNA. Sure, you can learn how to play whatever instrument that you decide to dedicate yourself to, but you can’t learn the burning passion for playing music. It’s the reason you’ve put up with so much crap for so long. It’s almost a need, as if you NEED to get up on stage and play. It’s one of the best feelings you know. So truly answer this question from the heart as to why you started doing this in the first place.
When did failure become an option? When it comes to being human, most of us see failure as not an option. What brought you to a point that you truly feel that you’ve failed enough as a musician to want to give up? If it is because it’s not moving as fast as you thought? We’ve got news for you. Suck it up and get back on that slow train. Becoming successful doesn’t always happen over night. Take a look at where you are at this very moment and compare it to where you were when you played your very first show. Now tell us you don’t see the progress that you’ve made! You have to look at the big picture when it comes to this hellish industry. Every small piece to the puzzle is just creating that beautiful masterpiece. Every song, every fan, every show, every video view, every share is one more piece to completing your puzzle. If you’re in the same place you were when you first started.. then go back to question one, but we highly doubt it.
Could your life be fulfilled without music? Think about your day to day. Think about what you long for when you’re feeling down. If picking up the guitar and singing makes a bad day better, will you be ok with not doing that? Will you be able to live your life without playing music and still feel complete? Will you ever feel completely whole again if you never stood up on stage for the world to hear your music? This is probably the most important question of all. Remember, everything in life has its good days and its bad days. If music is what you breathe, then get over the not so good times and keep plugging along. Nothing worth fighting for is easy.