Music industry was never that competitive and saturated as it is today and every successful musician today have a story of his own. These musicians who have lived and dedicated their lives for their music have some special qualities that are the reasons behind their success. Despite of the fact that not all musicians make a lot of money with their musical performances and their income structure remains quite unstable but there are some traits that keep them happy and satisfied with their career and work. These qualities guide musicians in the passion and path of difficulty and keep them motivated for complete dedication towards their musical genre.
Qualities of Successful Musicians:
Some of the qualities that are common among successful musicians include:
Will to Work Harder: Since all the fields of study are developing and there is no place for old conventional methods, similarly the field of music is also emerging. Thus musicians today need to perform multiple roles by themselves. They may not only remain musicians playing an instrument only but they need to perform as managers and advertisers for themselves. Successful professional musicians thus enjoy the process of learning new roles and they work harder to promote and educate themselves to fulfill and perform all the roles that their career needs them to perform. Thus music is about doing real hard work and there is no escape from it if you really want to achieve success.
Live with Modesty: Successful musicians do not compose or play music for money. The field of music is surely not about money and it could not give you showers of money; at least not during the stage of initial struggle. Income of musicians is often less and unstable but a successful musician would be working for his passion and must not connect music with money. Although you need to stabilize your income in order make yourself capable of putting value in your work but playing music just for the sake of money is not a characteristic of a good musician. Professional musicians do not expect a lot of money or luxuries to follow when they begin their careers in music but they learn to live with modesty.
Seek Opportunities instead of Waiting for them: Aspiring and successful musicians look for opportunities in order to establish and showcase their talent. As musician, you may not get a stream of regular income and thus you need to bring in some creativity and think out of the box to generate substantial amount of income with opportunities such as television shows, movies, teaching music, performing at restaurants, workshops or any part time job to support your passion and career in music.
They keep Patience and Persistence: Determination, dedication and patience are words that can very well relate the characteristic of a successful musician. Whatever you opt to do, success could not be achieved overnight and for a field of art such as music; it takes time and needs a lot of patience along with a persistent attitude to win the game. Musicians work hard for years on a regular basis in order to compete, develop and improve themselves so that they can blow up the charts and stand out with their talent. If you craft your musical skills each day and work for improvement, you will eventually be able to attain a stable position.
They Love their Music: In order to become a successful musician, it is important to love what you are doing. The world is turning hyper-competitive and if you really want to see yourself at the top of the charts, you would need to consistently work and raise the bar for your skills. This you could only do if you are really passionate about your work and love to practice each day. Great musicians love the process of practicing and improving and dedicate a lot of hard work in order to breakthrough in to the list of successful musicians.
No Giving Up: These successful artists do not make a back-up plan, they stick to what they love and do not give up. There have been many musicians who were not able to do well in their first few albums but they simply didn’t packed it up and opt for something else. Rather they analyzed their mistakes and failures and made productive moves in order to bring themselves on the right tracks. There will be moments in your career when you will feel that things are not working out but remember that your full-time gig is only music and thus there can be no obstacles that restrict your way. Keep on moving in the right direction and remember that music industry sometimes needs years of hard work in true sense.
Strive for Perfection: Successful musicians are those who do not believe in compromising. They do not contend themselves with something that is close to what they desired to compose, play or perform but they continuously work for perfection. They keep on searching and working until they find something that is perfect. The phrase ‘close to perfect’ is not in their dictionary. They believing in mastering over it and getting it perfectly right.
They are Creative: Great musicians have true concept of creativity and they totally believe in creative and unique music. They always work for constructive ideas that makes them move forward towards a successful career. They spend their focus and energy to make real improvements.
Being successful in music industry is not easy. There exists a lot of raw talent that needs to be polished and only those who can successfully progress towards polishing their skills can succeed. In order to keep yourself going ahead in this industry, you should have all the will, dedication, focus, energy and creativity to deliver something unique and different. But above all, you need patience and strength to work hard to achieve what you desire.