It's A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock And Roll

Posted by Aaron Davison on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Under: October 2012

If you've been in the music business half as long as I have then you probably have a little bit of cynicism in you.  It's hard not to be cynical when pursuing a career in the music business. Unless you`re really lucky or you happen to know just the right people, then chances are you're going to have to pay some serious dues if you want to make it very far.  If you're reading this then chances are you're probably still paying your dues.  As AC/DC have put it, "it's a long way to to the top if you want to rock and roll".

Sometimes it can be really frustrating working so hard for something, wanting it so badly, waiting patiently for things to progress and not getting to where you want to go as fast as you want to get there.  It has been very frustrating for me at times.  I sometimes wondered why I even chose the path of being a musician in the first place.  As much as I am very proud about the things I've been able to accomplish I have had moments of frustration where I feel like I am banging my head against a wall.  It doesn't feel good to bang your head against a wall!  It hurts:)

But then I stop and consider my alternatives.  I could go and get a ¨real job¨, not that there is really much security in that path these days!  Or I could try and manufacture passion for something else that is more secure.  Have you ever tried to manufacture passion?  That doesn't really work either! Or I can pick myself up, dust myself off and continue living a life of integrity.  Which to me simply means being true to myself and my vision, the best I know how.  That's hard sometimes, but it would be much harder for me to live somebody else's life.  I've tried that at times and it feels.... well... fake.
What about you?  Why do you pursue a career in music?  Have your goals changed over time?  Do you get frustrated sometimes?  I'd love to hear from you.  Your thoughts, frustrations, successes, hopes, etc...  I want to get a better idea of the challenges and frustrations you face so I can do a better job at addressing your needs.  Part of my path has been the creation of this newsletter, my website and related products and services.  The goal with all of this to inspire and educate you to move forward to greater and greater success in your music career. 
And speaking of feedback, how am I doing?  Do I do a good job at balancing valuable information with selling my products? I obviously have to sell my products to make money to keep this whole thing going, but am I too salesy?  Not salesy enough?? I'd love your feedback on that too!  How can I do a better job at what I'm doing?

I recently received this email from someone who took one of my "90 Day Challenge" courses.  I've been getting more and more of these sorts of emails lately!

My name is Alexy, a Canadian recording artist/producer from Montreal. I'm emailing you today to thank you for your 90 day challenge program, which I participated in last year and through which I have successfully created a great deal of industry connections and contacts, as well as having one of my songs placed in three episodes of a new Nickelodeon series called "Hollywood Heights". I have since recommended your program to many other artists seeking to get their foot in the door when it comes to licensing. I am very great-full for your work, because without it I would not have the knowledge and opportunities I have today. 

Congratulations Alexy and thanks for your positive feedback! Do you have a How To License Your success story?   Share it in the comments or email me and let me know.  I don't know about your success if you don't tell me!



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