DEALING WITH REJECTION IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Rejection is something we all have to deal with in life, and many times we have to toughen ourselves up to deal with it. Otherwise, it can be too painful to bear.

Many artists are going to have to deal with a lot of rejections and turn downs before they get to where they want to go. Now Forbes has listed the kinds of rejection artists should be aware of, and how to deal with them before you hopefully break through.

The Kinds of Rejection to Look Out For;

The first kinds of rejection are from family and friends. How many times in life have people dismissed your dreams of becoming a rock star? What a lot of up and coming artists also don’t realize is how tough the music business can be. When people tell you not to quit your day job or are strongly warning you, they often mean well, because they don’t want you to suffer.

If you listen to everyone who tells you that you’re going to fail, you’ll never accomplish anything. Many times people give themselves a five-year time limit to make it. Until those five years are up, keep trying. As the author of this story, Danny Ross, writes, “Everyone thinks they can give you advice on the music business because they’ve seen Bohemian Rhapsody or American Idol. Don’t listen.”

Social Media and Rejection From the Biz

The next form of rejection all had to deal with these days is social media. So many of us do what’s known as “compare and despair” with peers on social media/ How come my band isn’t as big as that band? Why do they have this and we don’t? Why don’t we have more likes on this website or that?

It’s a good idea not to compare yourself to other artists or envy what they have. You’re on your path, and your way in the business will probably be uniquely yours. Don’t look to the left or the right, just focused on your road ahead.

Another harsh form of rejection is dealing with not hearing anything back from people in the music industry. Things seem promising, then people disappear, which can be very disheartening.

Yes, this kind of too cool to get back to anyone attitude sucks, but the key is to make sure you have a lot of eggs in your basket, and don’t count on one person or label to sign you. The more people you’re in contact with, the more people are listening to your stuff, the better your chances.

And one of the most important forms of rejection you need to combat is rejecting yourself. A strong belief in yourself is important to break through, and it’s tough when you feel like you’re the only person in your fan club. But keeping a positive attitude is crucial, and it will keep you forging on the path when the going gets tough.

While there are no guarantees that you’ll make it, if you have the talent, it’s ridiculous not to give it a shot. Success is usually not an easy road, but if you keep from rejecting yourself, and don’t give in to the rejection of others, you’ll be ahead of the game.

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