Are you an artist? Well so am I. I have been singing now for over 10 years and with thousands of hours of singing under my belt I am ready to hit the stage.
When I was 12 years old I wanted to be an actor and soon realized I had a lot of stage fright…in response my father told me that if I ever wanted to be in movies I would need to have the ability or at least the desire to sing in front of others…say what? There was no way in ‘heck’ I was going to do that, but then several years later at the ripe age of 19 I decided to start performing in front of people with a guitar and singing and that was…well awkward…to say the least. By age 25 I had started taking singing lessons and still do 10 years later. I have been able to record many songs and sing in front of thousands of people. I never thought I would get that far when I was younger but have found that I like overcoming my fears. If you overcome your fears then you set yourself up for success in other areas of your life too, but that is another story.
What you can expect from this website are stories and advice on how to make it as an artist..or even fail as an artist. Success and failure mean a lot of different things to different people. Some people think that if they don’t get to be a pop star then they have failed. Others may feel that if they learn to get up in front of an audience and sing at all then they have succeeded.
- This a journey not a race. Yes, I am getting older each day and wish I had ‘made it’ by now but that is just not the case. I keep practicing for an hour a day, every day, every week and every month. I pay my voice teacher $150 an hour each and every week as well…which is a lot of money to me. I don’t know when I will get there but have enjoyed the journey.
- Practice until your fingers bleed. Well, if you are playing a guitar then that would be the case, but if you want to sing then you need to be willing to put the time and effort into it each day for years without a return on investment. Sometimes the ‘big break’ does not come until many years later. Terry Fator is a perfect example of that and now he makes $25 million a year. Not bad for waiting and not giving up!
- Be willing to invest in yourself. It has been said that some a the jack of all trades but the master of none. That is a powerful statement because it underlines the importance of seeking out and developing the talents that you may have or may want and spending the effort to get really good at them. Michael Jackson may not have been good at a lot of different things, but none of us care because he was known for his iconic voice and dance moves of which he excelled at. Find that talent and work on that ONLY and get good at it. Master it.
- Don’t give up. yes this may be over-used but it is important because it is easy to start something but it is 100x harder to keep at it for what seems like an eternity. Don’t be like the hare who outran the turtle for a little while but was eventually beaten because the turtle kept going no matter how slow. I like this inspirational video that tells you that you can accomplish absolutely ANYTHING.
Even after watching this video I get doubts in my head. I am currently working on my consulting business and want to do the best work for my clients so that I can actually make some money to start paying for my recordings again. It is $1,500.00 a recording with the studio and my producing costs which is a huge chunk of change right now. Recently a limo company I have been helping in Las Vegas has been getting some business and has agreed to pay me 10% on all of the leads I send them so I am stoked and am hoping to get some more friends over there to use them! So if you read this post and you want a great company then click on the link and make me some money!
When I ran my window cleaning business I got pretty good at getting business for myself but until now have never tried to get leads for other people. I hope that I can get good at that. Maybe if I get good at leads for other businesses I can improve at promoting myself as an artist. you never know!
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this website and learn from the stories and the lessons that I have learned over the years.
So let’s begin the journey! If you want to contribute then please let me know.