The reasons why not every musician succeeds

Who hasn’t dreamt of being a famous rock star or a chart-topping pop celebrity?

Well, while many young and not so young people have managed to fulfill this dream and are now living the whirlwind life of touring, concerts, interviewing, award shows and gold records, the majority of aspiring singers and musicians do not have this kind of luck.

Becoming a musician who is successful and actually can make a living by playing, singing or writing songs and music is a matter of talent, chance, perseverance, a lot of disappointments and a mix of so many other factors.

Unfortunately, there are some aspiring musicians who will probably never make it to the big venues and recording studios, as well as to all those red carpet events and glamorous champagne filled parties…

Here are some of the main types of musicians who are currently trying to enter the music scene but are very unlikely to actually make it:

  • the worn-out veteran musician

These are the musicians who once had it going for them, and who probably a few people still recognize, but at the same time have lost it all and are back to ground zero at the moment. You may recognize this type of musicians who still expect that everybody knows them and who live by the memories of their past success and fame.

Unfortunately, many of them still live by the old standards and cannot fit in the new world of the music business, because they simply cannot meet the growing demands of the record labels who are looking for acts which will provide them with a better return of investment, given the slim profit margins of the music business nowadays.

  • the tired non-veteran musicians

These are the aspiring musicians who moved to the music meccas with a single goal – to make it, and to become famous stars. After several or more years of eagerly trying, sending demo tapes, auditioning talking to people in the business these musicians cannot seem to find a way into the music business. Usually, these types of people tend to lose their enthusiasm and hopes in their late twenties and early 30s. At this point in their life, they are more inclined to simply “give up” and lead their regular non-celebrity lives, work at their regular jobs and gradually forgetting about their dream for a musical career.

  • the over-optimistic type

This is a group of musicians who usually don’t stand out as something special, but rather fall into the “average talent” category. They do though continuously put all efforts into playing on every possible scene and venue, no matter the size and the number of people who are actually willing to pay for listening to them. Usually these musicians remain in the realms of the “local band” limbo, and unfortunately, this is where they will most likely stay until they finally give up on trying making it to the big scene.

  • The great looking wannabe rock stars

These musicians seem to spend more time on trying to look cool, rather than on actually writing or performing great music. Yes, they are more likely to attract an audience of adoring fans who simply like the way they look, but as a whole – this is the group which is least likely to succeed and become famous outside of their hometowns or states.

In conclusion

Managing one’s expectations is one of the most important things an aspiring musician should learn to do. Finding a side job just in case is a must – even for those who actually do make it to the big venues and to the charts.

Having a more realistic view of their chances for success, along with a lot of practice, learning and hard work is more likely to help them succeed, or at least not live the life of a disillusioned and unhappy person who will regret or blame everybody else for the rest of their lives for the missed opportunity to become a rock star!

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