ISH Music Tips: How to Live Your Dream

Sometimes we get so focused on creating music, promoting, traveling, and performing that we don’t stop to realize how much we’ve done so far or who is standing by watching us and we make progress on our journey. Last year, when we were on our first tour, we received countless messages, emails, and phone calls from other independent artists asking us how we were able to do what we were doing. We were so excited about finally traveling and doing what we love, we hadn’t paid any attention to what other people thought or felt about it. We were living our dream, but if you asked us how we did it, our answer was as simple as “it was actually God who did it for us.” While I would never take any credit from the creator, there isn’t very much that people can do with that answer. So, we’ve decided to give a little more detailed information on how we were able to accomplish living our dream, and give you some tips on how you can too.

The first thing that all artists must realize is that there is no magic formula to becoming successful in music. The only thing that we did differently from other people was go through the fire. When things get rough, a lot of people decide to give up. Some people are so overwhelmed by the thought of what they might have to endure, and they give up before they ever start. Don’t be afraid to keep going. No one else can live your life and see the world through your eyes. Sometimes, we have to go it alone and allow people to understand in hindsight what we were working toward all along. 

We have been lucky enough to have an amazing support system. When others didn’t understand what we were doing, it didn’t matter, because they people who did understand far outweighed the naysayers. The second thing that all artists must realize is that there is no one right wayWhat worked for us, might not work for you. Some artists were angry with us, because they wanted us to share specific things that we did in order to accomplish touring and making some money off of our music. Our way isn’t the only way, and it might not work for someone else. We’re a married duo that sings R&B music, for one. The audience that we have gained is probably different from the audience for a single, Jazz singing female. Persistence is the key. Find what you like and what you’re good at doing. Then, work that in the best way that you possibly can. 

If you want to live your dream, you have to be determined to do just that. Don’t let anyone or anything deter you. Everything that you do should be pointing you in the direction of your dream. We love what we do, and we can’t imagine doing anything else. We put everything that we are, everything that we know, and everything that we have into fueling our dreams. I guarantee if you do the same, you will be happy and successful. Your dream might not look the way you think it should, however. If you’re caught up on details and the exact path, you might stress yourself out. For example, if you’re expecting to have a contract for $10,000 plus travel and lodging with a venue or event promoter before you ever decide to do a concert, you probably will never get your career started. Understand that your dream can be messy. It can be uncertain on details, but you have to be willing to do the work. At first, I was so hung up on what I thought things should look and feel like, but I realized that I was living my dream all along and I was missing out on it at the same time. The moment that I stopped worrying about the polished, fairytale version of my dream, I was able to enjoy the journey a lot more. Below are a few tips that you can use to get started on living your dream.

  1. Decide to do the work that is required for you to live your dream.
  2. Give it your all. If you stop before you’ve reached your goals, you haven’t given your all.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others. If you start looking around at what other artists and musicians are doing, you might cause yourself some unnecessary stress and setbacks.
  4. Remember building a career in music is a marathon not a sprint. Prepare yourself for the long haul, and take your time. Enjoy the journey. If you happen to reach your goals quicker than expected, count it a blessing and be grateful. 
  5. Have fun! Enjoy creating and sharing your creations. If your dream/passion is stressful, you need to take a step back and reevaluate why you started doing this in the first place.

I hope this article was helpful to you. What is your idea of living your dream?

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