1. They have no other choice
2. They’re willing to work hard and educate themselves
3. They don’t mind living modestly
The bottom line: It’s okay to dream big, but if the only reason you want to be a musician is because you think it’ll get you a large house with a yacht, you’ll quickly get weeded out of this business.
4. They have a patient, persistent attitude
5. They’re willing to (and enjoy) working on their craft every day
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6. They’re creative at generating income
One of the best things you can do when trying to stay afloat with your music is to find multiple streams of income. A great way to do this is by licensing out your music to be used in television shows, ads and movies. Even beyond that, taking on the management of a more established artist in your area or teaching private lessons/workshops can provide a “day job” alternative that will still grow you as an artist and a person, while also providing you with some really great networking opportunities.
Activities such as busking, if done consistently and in a good location, can generate a good amount of money over time. Another alternative would be to try and find a restaurant that you think would sound great with live music, and go to them with the offer to perform weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly. It all adds up in the end, and sooner or later, a little bit of cash here and there can evolve into something spontaneous and beautiful.
The bottom line: Successful musicians don’t wait for opportunities to come to them – they seek them out or create them themselves.
They are sometimes willing to try even when there is no clear road map as to what next. Planning is good but does not mean you to wait until all the conditions are right to before you take your first step. You might not be able to do it all alone, try collaborating with others. Sometimes what you need is to change your style of music. Sometimes allow others to write for you. I can not prescribe what you should believe in but believe in something.You might need it.