It is naturally hard for people to accept something new. Humans, subconsciously or unsubconsciously tend to get comfortable with a particular thing, routine or sound. There is always that hesitation to give change a chance, and we can’t really blame them. After all, it is said, “The devil you know, is better than the angel you don’t know.” This is one of the reasons why new musicians and performers have it hard when it comes to bagging fans, no matter how good you are.
Usually, the problem starts from home. As an upcoming artiste, if your parents are in support of your dreams, you should really be thankful. Parents, especially African parents who are Nigerians would definitely disown you for choosing music. I really can’t imagine the number of buried talents and amazing songs that didn’t see the light of the day because of parents. I mean, you are possibly studying medicine in one of the greatest schools and your parents already christened you as “Doctor” or “Doki” and you just tell them one bright day that music is your forte and you want to go for it. Just play the scenery in your head and imagine their reactions.
After your parents have sent you packing, and you move in with Bolaji; the only person that supports your dream, the hard work starts. You record lots of demos, paying the money you don’t have to that famous local producer and engineer to help you with your career. And when your awesome music is finally out,you realize that you and Bolaji alone can’t make you famous. You realize that you need to start writing to blogs and networking with people to stream your music and even tag celebrities.
When you finally get to know an OAP or a TV presenter, you are required to pay for your song to be played on air. You then see how big the whole industry is and that you were not really prepared for it
The entertainment industry is one of the hardest because it requires acceptance from people. Apparently, that sound you love so much could be rejected and criticized because you are anupcoming artiste.
Upcoming artistes face a lot of rejection, discouragement, and unfulfilled dreams. There would always be that story of how they locked themselves up in their rooms; writing their minds down and singing their hearts out. Making melodies for a fan that is not sure to accept them.
Music is a beautiful world of rhymes and rhythm. It takes more than a decision to want fame to venture into the industry. The world of music requires the mind, the soul, that energy, creativity, the mental stability and a hell of love.
The investment of the mind is required to set your aim and goals. It is needed for you to dream wild and free enough to act upon it. The soul is there for dedication and commitment. Rejections and disappointments will come, and when it does, the soul will help you stand firm on your dreams. You go need back that soul up with energy, as you go need pick yourself up from the ground. The creativity is what you need to enter into the game and stay in it. Creativity is continuity.
The fame would come soon, and when it does, your mental stability is needed.
However, it might not be cliché that it doesn’t necessarily get better. When you cross that bridge into the world of music, you will need a hell of love for the passion to keep moving.
Consistency is key when it comes to chasing your dreams. So, no matter the obstacles, pushing hard and remaining true to that dream is the best favor to yourself. Whatever you do, just remember that “If at first you don’t succeed, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t meant to be.” – Adeash.