This past week, I turned 22! So I thought I’d create a birthday blog post. Here, I wanted to share small pieces of advice for young musicians. These are things I wish others had told me, things I wish I could go back and tell myself, things I do now that I wish I had started earlier, and things I think young musicians generally need to hear.
So here we go:
1. Remind yourself often of how much of a blessing it is to be able to create music. Gratitude is your best friend.
2. See small, local shows often.
3. Learn business and marketing.
4. Spend more time creating music with others.
5. Learn how to accept rejection with grace.
6. Remember, you sound better than you think you do. Stop being so hard on yourself.
7. Toxic productivity is a thing. Don’t fall into the trap of needing to “hustle 24/7”. Perfecting your craft does not over rule self-care.
8. Go for opportunities that makes sense for you, even if they are outside of your comfort zone.
9. You can never consume enough books, blog posts, and podcast related to your craft.
10. Record yourself playing often. Even if you think you could sound better. You can learn so much from yourself by listening to your own playing. Plus, your future self will thank you for creating and saving those videos.
11. The most important things to have in your repertoire are gratitude, self-confidence, and inner-peace.
12. Practice affirmations.
13. Have fun. Things come and go in such a blink of an eye.
14. Learn as much as you can while you can.
15. Create, even if your ears are the only ones to hear your creations.
16. Drink more water.
17. Surround yourself with people who share the same vision, passions, and values as you.
18. Remember, all the love you pour into music is reciprocated back to you.
19. Take mental notes of the moments you feel on top of the world.
20. Often, the best advice will come not from musicians who are on top, but from those who are a couple steps ahead of you and were recently in your shoes.
21. Consistency is key.
22. Reaching the right people with your music is more valuable than reaching a lot of people.