Are you determined to see your name in lights? Do you dream of having a live crowd in the palm of your hand? If you want to succeed as a musical performance artist, it’s imperative that you keep your career on track by putting the advice laid out below into practice.

Here are two things you must do to become a successful musician:

Be persistent

If you’d like to create a legacy for yourself as a musician, you’re going to need more than god-given talent and skill — you’re going to need to patience and perseverance! You will be sure to encounter a number of challenges as you progress in your career… and it’s down to you to overcome these hurdles as and when they arise. Nobody is going to perform this all-important task on your behalf. You need to work harder than everybody else if you want to handle your problems in a productive fashion and, ultimately, make a name for yourself in the world of music.

Persistence really is the key to success in the highly competitive music industry. If you want to cultivate this crucial attribute, be sure to put the following advice into practice:

1. Be clear when defining your S.M.A.R.T goals

2. Outline your strategies and timeline for success

3. Maintain a sense of optimism no matter what setbacks you encounter

4. Don’t dwell on the past or get carried with worrying about the future — remain in the present at all times

5. Acknowledge your accomplishments and reward yourself whenever you hit a milestone

6. Open yourself up to new opportunities and experiences

7. Care for your mental wellbeing

8. Cultivate a supportive network

9. Learn from your mistakes and shortcomings

10. Aim to become 1% better than yesterday, every day

Enjoy your downtime

This might sound counterintuitive, but you need to enjoy some downtime every now and again if you’re serious about maximizing your potential as a musician. If you devote all of your time to your music, sooner rather than later you’ll be become tired and suffer with creative fatigue. Before too long, this will result in you feeling disillusioned with your music, which in turn will have an adverse effect on the quality of the songs that you produce.

Quite simply, if you’re to reach your full musical potential, you need to step away from the mic and put your instruments down from time to time. This break from your music will help you to refocus your energy, which in turn will aid you in your bid to reinvigorate your passions. What’s more, your downtime will no doubt provide you with the clarity you truly need to produce amazing beats going forward.

How you choose to spend your downtime is completely up to you. Whether you try your hand at Europa League betting or whether you instead turn your attention to a spot of DIY handiwork, just make sure that your pastime of choice is in no way, shape or form related to music.

You need to disengage from your songs for a while, which is why you need to find yourself an altogether different type of hobby.

Written by Stop The Breaks
Stop The Breaks is an independent music marketing company focused on showcasing independent hip-hop artists. Our goal is to help motivate, inspire and educate independent artists grinding around the world. We provide branding, content marketing, social media, SEO and music promotion services.