I hear far too many creatives talking about waiting for their big break. That is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing. Shows like The Voice and American Idol, give the idea that you need to wait to be picked, let the people vote and the big voice wins. Well there soon won’t be any more American Idols and only one person can win The Voice each season, but that’s not the way to get discovered. Back before all these things existed, people got discovered by starting a band, perfecting their craft and playing in any fleabag and dive that would take them. They honed their talents by sharing them with the world. That’s still the way to do it. Whether you’re a musician, an artist or whatever else you do, the key is to create and share what you create, building your following, or fanbase or whatever you call it and keeping at it, while the people who love what you do help you to spread the word.
The good news is, it’s easier than ever before. With the advent of the web you can get your work out there for the world to see for almost no cost. From there, it’s just a matter of making it stand out, making it get attention. Making it the best, most authentic work you can create. Don’t wait to be picked, put yourself out there.
The other thing to consider is this. Most of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen never would have won a reality show. Their voices aren’t flawless, their look isn’t polished. In this image is everything world, their image would not have hit enough of the masses. What they had instead was authenticity. They touched a nerve. They had a message. They resonated with hearts and minds and hit us where we live. They showed us their best selves and we connected. You don’t have to win a reality show to be an artist, you have to make art, and you have to be motivated enough to fight through the critics and share your best with the world.
The real question for you dear artist, is how bad do you want it?
Are you motivated enough to do what it takes?