So, you might be thinking, "What's wrong with the first one? Everyone needs an opportunity to be heard."
This is true. Every artist does need an opportunity to be heard to succeed; however, the part that's extremely wrong with this statement is the 'sit and wait' aspect of it. A lot of artists think they need an A&R or manager to notice them, and that person will propel them to success. I'll explain what's wrong with this in a story.
Awhile back I used to fall in this category. I was a 'sit and wait' person. I used to tell myself, "My time will come, I'm just waiting on the right person to come my way." Just like all the other aspiring producers and artists out there. My music sounded professional, but it seemed like no matter what I did, there was no way to reach the higher ups in the music industry to hear my music.
I ended up getting a 9-5 after college, which I dreaded, (loved the people, hated the job) to help pay bills in the meantime because I just knew that it would be temporary. I kept thinking, "All I need is 5 minutes for someone to hear my music, and I know I'll be set to get out this job."
Little did I know my mindset was the biggest thing holding me back. Let me explain.
The 'sit and wait' artist is worried about what someone else can do for their career instead of the action they can take to achieve want they want. These artists often procrastinate and make excuses for why they aren't being discovered, instead of finding other ways that they can achieve their results.
Deep down, I knew my time wasn't going to come if I didn't start making things happen for myself. I could think of success all I wanted, but if I didn't take any action for it, it wasn't happening.
But the biggest problem I had was how? How was I going to do it? I'll get to that in a second.
First, I want to tell you what's wrong with the second statement.