Utilizing the message(s) BEHIND the clichés
This is a famous cliché when describing what a person has to gone through in getting started in their desired industries. Its best to understand, that there are other key components in getting your music career off the ground or moving it into a bigger and better direction. “A dollar and a dream…” is a great way to show people that you really don’t need much to go forward and reach your goals in life. BUT, how do you turn that dollar into funding for your projects and how do you go beyond your dream and put it into action. “When I moved to ___, all I had was….” This is another phrase that is used to encourage and inspire. Often we get caught up in the hype of what others had but we tend to forget about what others did so they didn’t remain in these positions as they were when they started.
So what can you do?
In the music industry, surround yourself with the right people to guide and help you along your musical journey. You won’t always make the best decisions however it is important to bounce back, learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. It is also best to speak with people who have been in your shoes. Find out what they did and try to see if you can follow that same path or create your own by using some of their methods. It would also be a good practice to team up with aspiring artists, managers, producers, DJs, etc. You all can work together and bring your own personal connects and expertise to the table to help each other up.
Another important factor is that you learn how to put yourself out there. In major cities, everyone is an artist and it is hard for serious minded executives to find the right talent because they are constantly contacted and approached by the wrong talent. Make sure you have something to show them, whether if it’s your free styling skills, an impromptu cover song, or footage from you at a talent showcase. Always stay ready to show your talent to help you get your foot in the door for your big break. Also, you can use social media to help you network and find out the right people to meet. (Read previous post “The Freeway to Exposure” for some tips)
Don’t get too caught up in the beginning and the end of a person’s journey. Always consider the ups that downs and the actions taken in between to complete their journey which moved them to the next phase of their career.
Soon you’ll be coaching and letting people know that all you had was a “Dollar and a Dream”!!!