I made a promise to myself when I was young. The only life scenario I was not going to be okay with was this:
Sitting in a rocking chair at my family summer house as a 75-year-old not having “made it” in music and knowing in the pit of my stomach that I didn’t do absolutely everything within my power to succeed.
There is so much out of your control when it comes to making a living in music. Some of us have a longer runway to play with before having to pay our bills with music. Others have very serious situations come up early in life that take away from their ability to devote large amounts of time to a career in music.
But acknowledging all of that, I knew that I was going to empty the tank in an effort to make music be the way I earned a living.
I don’t think having a long-term backup plan in place before I even started would not have served me well.
This does not mean not having a plan in place to immediately satisfy your ongoing need to live indoors and eat food. This means not being all in on pursuing a career in music before deciding it isn’t going to work for you.
And as a quick side note, deciding it isn’t going to work for you is not failure. Our goals can and do change. Life changes. Our calling changes. Change is natural and good. To arbitrarily decide that a goal we set at one point in time is the definitive word on the subject for the rest of our lives is not helpful to anyone!
Your mileage may vary. All I know is I was served well by not having a backup plan!