The difference between a musician who makes it and one who doesn’t is simple. The successful one had a plan and followed it. It doesn’t mean they followed the plan to a T, or that it necessarily led them down the path they originally envisioned. But they did have a plan and it did lead somewhere!
There is a popular misconception that planning “hampers” the spontaneity of creativity. Actually, making a plan is the most important activity you can undertake to support your creative efforts. It’s a lot easier to “let it flow” when you know you have time set aside to write, an appropriate rehearsal space, the money for that new amp, and a series of shows to practice your chops. How can you relax enough to even begin to tap into your talent consciousness if you are worried about these other distractions?
Planning is the “godmother” of success, no matter how you define success for yourself. The most indie alternative band, the most badass rap group, the most pristine opera diva, and the biggest crossover country artist all started with a plan. A thoughtful plan will also go a long way to ensuring others treat your music seriously.
Use your unique talents to make a well-rounded, realistic plan for achieving your artistic and business goals. Remember the importance of partnerships, mentors, and why a budget is absolutely necessary, no matter how little money you might have to invest in yourself.