Julie JD - Being Comfortable
April 11, 2011
One thing I've learned, trying to get into the music business is that you're always learning about yourself. It may be something you really want to do but can you actually see yourself doing it? A common problem every artist has is that they get too comfortable. They carve a niche for themselves and that's where they stay. You know there are other cities out there other than your home town, and trust me, it's a lot easier performing in a city you're not in as often then you're own. There are opportunities anywhere and everywhere you go. You just need to be willing to put yourself out there. If you don't know where to start, the internet can be your best friend. Googleing for open mics in a near by city is a good place to start.
You can't be afraid to go where you'll be successful. I had attended a seminar this past month and the speaker told a story that's a good example. There was a band that had approached him one day for some advice. They play some really obscure type of heavy metal that wasn't taking off here, but they have a great following in Germany. So the speaker told them to move to Germany. But the band said that the drummer won't go. So the speaker said to get a new drummer. But the band didn't want to do that so then the speaker asked them, why do you bother? It may be some harsh advice but it's true. If you never go, you'll never know. If something isn't working-change. A place doesn't like you-move. If you're constantly doing, and pushing yourself you'll do things you never thought you could. You shouldn't hold yourself back just because you're comfortable. Because that one time you step out of your boundaries, you'll find you're more successful then you were in your niche. Don't be afraid to take a chance.