Musicians Talent Vs. Success
Becoming a successful musician in this day and age has less to do with talent and more to do with showmanship/networking. It truly matters not which musician is better than the next, as an audience wouldn't pay more to see Herbie Hancock 9 than they would to see Selena Gomez. While Herbie Hancock may arguably be one of the greatest pianists alive, Selena Gomez probably charges more a show and is regarded as more successful artist. Technical excellence is only one half of what it takes to become a successful musician in the industry today.
For starters you need to be original. There are several amazing artists out there in the world today but only the truly unique create star studded success. In short, it takes more than skill to breed success. People need to not only be interested in your talent but also in your individuality and creativity. It is important to approach your style of music in a thoughtful manner. It doesn't take the most amazing player on the planet to become successful. There are countless examples of mediocre musicians making chart topping hits because they are creating original content that people find interesting. Take the Beetles for example, they were no masters of their instruments but they brought about new music that no one had ever created before - marking their legacy.
Next, it is important to consider a few key personality traits. Do not play it safe. You do not need to be skilled, rich, or lucky to become famous. In all honestly, it wouldn't hurt but more than anything one should focus on being dedicated, bold, and devoted to risk taking. You aren't going to walk into a bar one day and be offered the headlining gig - those are only awarded to the brave - the ones who have gotten off their ass and ventured out into the world to take it for themselves. Taking risks may be scary feeling but that is not to be confused with a bad feeling, as it is persistence that brings you to success, not luck, skills, or money alone. Once you have mustered up enough courage to leave your comfort zone, that is where the magic starts to happen.
After joining the race for success, it is of utmost importance to manage your time wisely. You are going to be up against numerous musicians of equal or more talent than you, so you must stand out! Do not confuse success with settling for any small victory - doing so will only keep you mediocre. Mediocrity is a killer. It is a crowded and safe place with far too much competition. Shoot for the stars! The bigger the goal, the better. Yes, you are a master of your instrument, thus it is in your best interest to spend your time and energy putting maximum effort into attaining your dream. You have to want this dream from the bottom of your core - otherwise you will not be willing to do whatever it takes to attain it. The desire is key.
Lastly, you need to be honest with yourself. If you had a piece of paper and wrote down a list of the top five things you wanted to do before you died - would you start tomorrow? Maybe, maybe not and that is the exact problem with the many who fail to attain their dreams. We all crave success but are not willing to put in the work. When climbing the ladder of success you have to be able to take the good with the bad, after all Rome wasn't built in a day. You need to stop being afraid of what your friends might think, take the time to write that song, and do not put off production for one more minute. Unless you take the steps towards success - you will never get there. Start by writing a small list of the top five things you need to do to advance in your music career and just start doing them. It is as simple as that. Start with the smaller, necessary, goals and work towards the larger ones. If you truly want to become a successful musician then you need to be dedicated to taking action. Action is where you will find your reward.