At some point in your career you will contemplate giving it all up.  I have reached this point many times in my own career.  Sometimes dealing with the egos and attitudes of others in this business is just too much for one person to handle.

 

But as a friend told me once “If it was easy everyone would be doing it”.

 

One thing to realize is you are not alone.  Everyone goes through this.  EVERYONE!

 

Sometimes it’s an easy fix like just changing bands.  Sometimes you might just need to change the type of music you play.  Nothing gives you a nice jolt like a new band or a totally new kind of music.  Things do get stale and we need them to be fresh and exciting or we don’t want to do it anymore.

 

Often a little vacation is just what the doctor ordered.  If none of these options are an option, just thinking about the reason you became a musician in the first place might be enough.

 

For me I can’t think of anything else I would rather do.

 

This life may not be for everybody.

 

I have literally traveled the world.  I have made a lot of money, and, most of all, met a ton of great people and played music for them.

 

Have I met my share of jerks?

 

Sure I have.

 

Why do those people try to put you down? 

 

Because they want to do what you do.

 

I have met thousands of people who tell me they would love to do what I do. That makes me feel great, but I tell them that there is a price to pay to live in paradise. I have sacrificed a lot in my life to play music and be a musician.

 

Would I change it?

 

Hell no!!!!

 

However, this is a business and…make no mistake about it…it’s dog eat dog.  So, if you want this to be your life, you will need to fight for it. You’ll need to rise above the all of the garbage and push on. You may not ever be rich and famous but you can be very successful.

 

You will need to figure out what the meaning of success is for you.

 

Maybe it’s that big house and brand new Ferrari.  Or maybe it’s just being able to make a decent living.  Or maybe you just want to write some songs and get to play them out once in a while.

 

Whatever it is, Go for it!!!

 

Don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible.  Follow your dreams, live the life.  And, yes, dreams do come true. 

 

– Scott Woodward