3 Reasons Why Most Musicians Don’t Make It in the Music Industry
3 Reasons Why Most Musicians Don’t Make It in the Music Industry

Written by Katy Goshtasbi

Posted on: September 18, 2018

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The Music Industry, Microphone and stand

The other day, I had a lot on my plate. I woke up with a bit of anxiety wondering how I could do it all that day. As I sat there I felt more and more out of control and helpless. I decided to close my eyes and do what was counterintuitive to “getting it all done”- sit still and meditate.

Here’s what I got. I felt a sense of ease and grace and decided to let it all go and do my duties and tasks to the best of my abilities- no matter what the clock/time said. That’s it. I developed a new perspective and mindset and chose to see my day differently.

Guess what?

It all worked out- and way better than I could have ever imagined. Or did I imagine it that way when I meditated and changed my mindset? When I look back on my life and careers, the one thing that always sticks out for me is why some things in life worked out for me easier than others. It’s a pickle, I admit. I think I’ve figured out the answer. The number one reason why we don’t “make it” or achieve anything is because of our mindset. This applies to musicians just the same.

When we think that we are “no good” and our art and talent, as musicians, is not good enough, then that’s the level of success we can attain. I hear it often from musicians- whom I think are really good. They say to me, “there are so many of us out there competing” or “I’m just another face in the crowd” or “it’s such a tough industry to succeed in”.

Where do you think your mentality is going to get you? Not far- in music or elsewhere. That’s the truth.

Once that happens, it’s downhill from there. Every action you take, as an artist and musician, is based on your notions and fears around not succeeding and not being good enough. You start looking at other musicians as competition and waste time and energy comparing and contrasting in angst.

So what are the top 3 reasons why most musicians don’t make it in the music industry?

• Attitude and belief
• Attitude and belief
• Attitude and belief

All of which are followed by actions that prove them right every time.

What does this mean for you? Stop and consider:

• Being deeply honest with yourself, what is your REAL belief about your ability to succeed as a musician?

• Why? Who has told you what your value is as a musician and why do you choose to believe them, instead of believing in yourself?

• Why did you decide to become a musician? Always go back to this.

• What’s ONE thing you can do each day to prove to yourself that you are a good musician? Maybe keep a “wins” journal for yourself and write down all the big and small compliments you receive regarding your music and talent.

If you believe you have talent as a musician, then we do, too. I’m a big fan. You got this.

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5 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Most Musicians Don’t Make It in the Music Industry

    1. I agree. Mindset leads the way and is everything. We are all born worthy and good enough. Not everyone needs to be our biggest fan.

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