As success begins to smile on you, please remember where you came from. My friend, publicist Terrie Williams, says you'll meet the same people on the way up as you will on the way down. Don't let small or large successes get to you. Always be gracious with people.
I've been interviewing a lot of music industry people lately. Often it's the ones who have the biggest names who are the most generous with their time and most gracious to deal with. Musicians who are just starting to come up can be the ones who act the most full of themselves. They expect special treatment and have the biggest attitudes.
I've met some very famous people and appreciate those who acted like regular people. Keep your ego in check at all times. No one is better than anyone else, even if they're more famous. I laugh when people call about my seminar and are surprised I answer my own phone. My friends have explicit instructions to kick my butt hard if my success ever gets to my head. Give your friends the same instructions. : )
I believe that we all can have control over situations. We can't control others but we can control ourselves. Use your power. Make a decision to take your career into your own hands instead of whining about how you're not where you want to be. You can control how people treat you by carrying yourself with confidence and treating yourself as someone who's got the goods.
You can get more accomplished when you make the time to do it. You can improve your craft if you practice and take workshops. Your career is in your hands. So stop thinking about what hasn't happened for you and go out and make things happen.
Reprinted from Daylle's Music Resource Newsletter
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