Launching a successful music career never happens overnight. Musicians and artists must work hard for years before anything happens. And when something does happen, it usually isn’t superstardom. It could be a paying gig, a full-month tour, or a song being licensed for a video game.
So what separates the super successful artists from the rest of the pack? Belief. Belief is the fuel you need to overcome all the roadblocks you encounter in the music biz. Belief in yourself and your material separates the artists who make it from those who don’t. U2, one of the biggest rock acts still going strong, didn’t even know how to play their instruments proficiently when they started aiming for the big time. They just knew they wanted to do it – and had a whole lot of belief to back themselves up.
It’s easy to rationalize why you haven’t made it. In fact, many artists use age as a limiting factor. As they struggle on, they worry that they’re too old to find an audience. Look at Cyndi Lauper. Besides her age, she faced obstacles most artists could never overcome. Cyndi Lauper was 30 with a failed band, a bankruptcy due to music industry lawsuits, and a vocal chord injury in her recent past, before she finally skyrocketed up the charts. Madonna was continuously rejected by music industry hotshots – before becoming one of the biggest pop stars in history.
Robert Collier once said, “There is nothing on Earth you cannot have-once you have mentally accepted the fact that you can have it.” This is the mindset you must have to break through the roadblocks you encounter.
Lana Del Rey, now the picture of hip super stardom, was transformed by a failed first effort. The same woman, the same voice, and the same talent went by the name of Lizzy Grant – and couldn’t catch a break. In Grant’s case, a little belief went a long way. Because she knew she had a gift and had to share it with the world Lizzy, instead of giving up, went back to the drawing board and came up with Lana Del Rey. Now she’s a singing star.
Even Elvis Presley had to do some soul searching. In 1954, when Elvis was still a nobody, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired him after one performance. He told Elvis that he should go back to driving a truck because he would never make it as a singer.
Still not convinced? The biggest band of all time, The Beatles, were famously rejected after a live audition for Decca Records – the company even said, “The Beatles have no future in show business.” Can you imagine the face of music now if the Beatles had let doubt shake them?
If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will believe in you. You are unwittingly strapping your career to a lead weight instead of letting it soar freely. Belief makes you try harder, it makes you sound better, and it makes you feel like you can do anything. And if you believe you can do anything, you will.