Being an Independent artist is not easy, you don’t have the luxuries that most mainstreams artists have – It’s all on you.
Singles (or albums) flop, sometimes you don’t have the money to promote a project or pay for the mastering the list endless.
Most of the challenges that you go through can be intoxicating especially as a one show enterprise.
And you might reach a point when you feel like giving up on music altogether.
Trust me I know what I’m talking about because I have been there myself. It’s a lonely and scary place. In the following blog post, I’ll give you a few tips on what to do when feel like calling it quits.
Go back to the beginning
Quitting something because it’s “hard” or challenging is never a good idea. What you want to do is to ask yourself some basic questions such as the following:
- Why am I making music?
- What is my ultimate objective?
- Am I making the music that speaks to me or am I just going with the hype?
Those are just some of the questions that you have to ask yourself first. Of course, you can ask yourself a hundred questions if you like, it’s up to you. But there has to be a thought process before you decide on quitting.
Take a break from music
If the music thing is not working out for you right now, it doesn’t mean you should quit. You might be putting in a lot of effort and not seeing any results. But that’s still okay – the timing is probably not right for your music to take off.
What are your other passions and hobbies?
Do something else in the meantime that can help you to shift your mind away from the music. This might sound counterintuitive but doing something different might actually reignite your passion for music.
By taking a break from music you are not actually quitting but you acknowledge that you are frustrated.
The much-needed break will help you to find yourself again and this might lead to better songs and productions. And next thing you know the big break that you have always dreamt about will be on the horizon.
When you feel like giving up on music, remember it’s not that you are less talented. You should take inventory of everything that you’ve done so far and put it into perspective. Asking the right questions is the first step. The questions will lead to answers and hopefully that you should help you to make informed decision(s).