What Does It Take to Become a Successful Musician

Some professions are merely that — things that need you to have finished a certain kind of education and have gained a certain kind of experience. Music is like that in some ways, but it doesn’t have to be at all. You don’t need either to be a musician.

So while defining what it takes to become a musician is hard, settling on what it takes to be a successful one is even more difficult. Still, it’s a topic that needs to be covered over and over again precisely because there are so many possibilities and different perspectives.

In that name, here are some of the things you might need if you want to become a successful musician.

Define Success

First thing’s first, you need to know what success means for you. Being the next Beyonce would be a sure sign of success, but it’s also not that likely to happen unless you’re a one-in-generation talent, and even then.

Start by trying to find a place in the world of music that would interest you. Maybe you’re a singer but are too shy to be the center of attention and are more likely to look for backing vocals work. Or maybe you’re a producer willing to go all-in on Spotify promotion services to help you get popular on that streaming platform.

Practice Your Art

Talent is great. If you get to that position, it might be the thing that moves you to the top 5% of musicians from the top 15%. But to get to the top 15%, you’ll need something else – lots and lots of dedication and hard work.

You have to be very good at what you’re doing if you want to succeed. We’re not even talking about stardom here – if you want to be a paying studio musician who can live off of their work, you need to be exceptionally good. Remember that, wherever there are markets and jobs, there are tons of people looking to make some money. Your goal is to join them.

Be Patient

Working on your skills and thinking about what constitutes success for you will eat up a lot of time, which is good — you’ll have to spend a lot of it waiting, anyway. Sometimes you’ll have long periods without any opportunities to show what you’ve got. You should power through those times with patience and tenacity.

It would help if frugality came naturally to you. That, or getting a second job while you’re waiting for your career to lift off. Consider giving lessons to people who don’t know as much as you do, try getting in a band that plays wedding gigs — get yourself out there and you’ll find your patience will run thin much more difficultly.

Be Open

In other words, be ready to jump on every opportunity that presents itself to you. Even something small like a stand-in on a gig can start a chain of awesome opportunities that will, eventually, lead to meeting your criteria for success.

Of course, this means that you have to be on the top of your game all the time while practicing patience, living frugally, and spending countless hours honing your skills. No one said it’s easy to become a musician, let alone one that’s able to call themselves a success. But then again, a lot of musicians do it because that’s simply all they could ever see themselves doing.

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