In the music business, there is a lot of attention put on the artists’ ability to be authentic. I think that is what has created so many singer/songwriters in the recent years, which I LOVE but also I should point out that you don’t have to write all your own songs to be authentic. It’s the yearning to be the most authentic version of yourself as an artist that most are (for lack of a better word) chasing.
I think that’s really interesting because of the many people I’ve coached I see the wide difference between artists who just seem to possess that natural authentic vibe, it just pours of out of them and the artist who is struggling to find themselves in their music and creations. So I asked myself what is the difference between those two people. I think there is an amount of shame put on artists who don’t really have that authenticity yet and that shouldn’t be. I’m in the business of lifting people up not degrading them for not having tapped into their inner Bob Dylan. I also see some people who are trying so hard to be edgy or different that it comes off as really awkward. I love to work with those people because under the surface what I know is that those people who so much to offer. They have a willingness to listen and grow but also they know deep down that they aren’t quite 100% feeling the authenticity they crave to feel.
Don’t be afraid to admit if you are, it’s 100% okay to admit that you want to foster that inside of you and it’s very liberating to come to a place where you are feeling like you have things to say and you want to say them in an authentic way that others will connect to.
If you haven’t already I have a podcast called “What’s Your Life Purpose?” and I think that is a good one to take in also when you’re done listening here. It really highlights and has you question what your reason for doing music is and what your message is that you want to leave in the world.
When we first start out we just want to make good music, and obviously that should always be your goal, but as you grow and time goes on what usually ends up happening is that you start to question more than just is the music good and quality and produced well and does it stack up against things on the radio you start to question does it say what I want it to say? Can I stand behind it for a really long time, like forever?
And for some us, there is a feeling of being stuck between being a truly full version of ourselves and worrying about not being accepted or fitting in.
I often laugh at myself because I’ve found myself thinking many times that I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere and yet I don’t feel weird enough to be an Artist.
I’m going to take you through some actionable steps to steer you in the right direction.
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