Taking responsibility for your artist development is not just about seizing control of your career – it’s about empowering yourself to create the future you envision for yourself as an artist.

Our biggest goal in life is to attain peace of Mind. However, it’s our THOUGHTS that rob us of our peace of mind. Every time you have a negative thought, that robs you enough peace of mind.

I was still searching for someone to blame for my suffering. I really wanted someone to transfer my hate to, so that I could stop hating myself. Glenn Beck

1. The first negative emotion is FEAR. It could be the fear of failure or fear of rejection. It causes you to stay in your comfort zone, because when you set yourself a goal, you worry that you might fail, so you do not even try. These self-limiting beliefs will hold you back. We are only born with 2 fears, the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling the rest are learnt. What ever is learnt can be unlearnt.

2. The next negative emotion is GUILT. Some of us use guilt on others to get our own way. Have you ever had guilt used on you? Has somebody tried to make you feel guilty? Many people live in the world of guilt.

3. RESENTMENT: Do you ever resent the happiness or successes of others. They may be your work colleagues, your friends, or even your family. Once again, everything in life is about habit. Sometimes, we do not even realize we are doing this. We make it a habit, which strengthens the neural groove in the brain, causing us to feel resentful more often.

4. JEALOUSY: Jealousy is usually from people with low self-esteem. They are always jealous of other people. whether it is a colleague, a friend, or even a spouse.

5. ENVY: We feel envy when we believe we lack something that someone else has. It could be a material item, like a better car, or a personal quality that we feel we do not possess.

6. One feeling which triggers a lot of negative emotion is ANGER. Five minutes anger wipes away a full day of positivity, creativity, and energy.

We try to justify everything we do. We’re always trying to justify our actions, but we never want to take full responsibility for them. When you have said or done something wrong, when you have made a bad decision, stand back and say, I am responsible.

You must take full responsibility for your actions: do not try to justify them or try to blame anyone else. No more justification it doesn’t matter what the situation is. Just be your own person. Be assertive and say, “It’s my responsibility. It’s my mistake.” Just use it as a learning curve, and you will know what to do differently next time.

We take things personally: When a person says something to us, possibly we’re having a bad time. We’ve got low self esteem, low self worth, we just take things personally. Instead of taking comments on board, we get angry. If you want to be a fantastic leader, you need to remember that FEEDBACK IS THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. So when a person gives you feedback, that you haven’t been performing or you’ve made a mistake, don’t take it personally. Ask yourself: What can I learn from this? How can I improve?

Welcome the feedback, welcome the occasional criticism don’t take it personally!

The Valley Of Blame: We get very upset and annoyed when we think there has been a lack of consideration towards us, or that we are not being recognised. We get angry when we go the extra mile and no-one shows any appreciation. Remember, you want peace of mind, and you want to leave a great legacy.

Artists often find themselves navigating complex opportunities and challenges. While external factors such as label deals and industry connections can certainly play a role in an artist’s journey, there’s something truly empowering about taking responsibility in shaping your musical destiny.

  1. Define Your Vision: The first step in taking responsibility for your artist development is to define your vision. What kind of artist do you want to be? What message do you want to convey through your music? Take the time to clarify your goals and aspirations, as this will serve as your guiding light throughout your journey.
  2. Educate Yourself: In today’s digital age, there’s a wealth of resources available to aspiring musicians. Whether it’s online courses, books, or workshops, invest in your education and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the industry. From songwriting and production techniques to marketing and promotion strategies, continuous learning is key to growth as an artist.
  3. Build Your Team: While it’s essential to take ownership of your artist development, you don’t have to go it alone. Surround yourself with a supportive team of professionals who can help you navigate the various aspects of your career. This may include a manager, agent, publicist, or music lawyer, depending on your specific needs and goals.
  4. Develop Your Brand: In addition to honing your musical craft, don’t overlook the importance of developing your brand as an artist. Your brand encompasses everything from your image and style to your online presence and social media strategy. Consistency is key here – ensure that your brand reflects your unique identity and resonates with your target audience.
  5. Set Goals and Take Action: Once you have a clear vision and a solid plan in place, it’s time to set goals and take action. Break down your long-term objectives into smaller, actionable steps, and hold yourself accountable for making progress towards them. Whether it’s releasing new music, booking gigs, or growing your fan base, consistent effort is essential for success.
  6. Embrace Adaptability: While it’s crucial to have a plan, it’s equally important to remain adaptable and open to change. The music industry is notoriously unpredictable, and being able to pivot and adjust your strategy as needed can make all the difference in your journey. Stay attuned to industry trends, listen to feedback from fans and industry professionals, and be willing to experiment and evolve as an artist.
  7. Stay True to Yourself: Throughout your artist development journey, it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of fame and fortune. However, it’s essential to stay true to yourself and your artistic integrity. Don’t compromise your values or artistic vision for the sake of commercial success. Authenticity is a powerful asset in the music industry, and staying true to who you are will ultimately set you apart from the crowd.

Let this be your Code!

I am personally responsible for my choices regarding how I think, feel, and act in relation to myself, others, and the environment. Within the realistic limitations of my existence I make my life through my choices. I always have the power to choose.
My choices always have consequences, for good or ill. My choices always have costs. The sum of my life is the sum of the consequences of my choices.

Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

Finding the Music Inside