It’s clear. The evidence is indisputable. You’re a talented musician. Really talented. And accomplished. You work hard, and have a top notch education. Heck, you’re even good looking! A prosperous life in music is nearly guaranteed, no?
Unfortunately, no. Not by a long shot. But you surely realize this already.
Being talented is wonderful, but technical skills alone do not assure a successful life in this business! Savvy musicians have huge advantages over the others, and it’s no mystery why. They work pro-actively to build their career, making smart choices that allow them to earn a good living, and make a positive difference. In addition to outstanding musical ability, the savviest musicians:
Obviously, few people are experts in every category above. When a weakness occurs, you have three options: 1) develop the skill (costs energy), 2) hire someone else to help (costs money), or 3) forfeit opportunities (costs success). But most people who architect a fulfilling life in music exhibit many of these characteristics.
My new book, The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference (officially released today, though pre-release copies have been available for a few months), tackles each of these issues. This comprehensive resource is packed with detailed strategies for success alongside examples of real life role models. Whether hoping to augment income, stand out from a competitive field, add variety to activities, or erect an empire, The Savvy Musician will help you find ways to thrive under any circumstances.
But it’s only a book. As Ranaan Meyer, bassist of Time for Three, noted:
“The Savvy Musician unveils a vision for a healthy musical future, articulating 99% of what we need to do. The missing percentage is YOU.”
Isn’t it time you became a savvy musician?