“He who fails to plan, is planning to fail.” -Winston Churchill (during World War II)
I did not know that Winston Churchill was the source behind this quote, but I have heard this quote numerous times. Although this quote has life applications to no end, I often think about this as it applies to musicians. There are “great musical unknowns” all around us.
What is a “great musical unknown”?
Simple. A “great musical unknown” is a great musician that you are unaware of, but it may not be for the reason you think.
I’m not talking about the “underground musicians” because even they are well known (despite the name). I’m talking about phenomenal musicians who are only known to themselves and a handful of others because of lack of proper planning. Granted, they may be awesome musicians and could hold their own in any kind of musical situation, but their musical talent has overshadowed their business sensibility. Music is a tough industry to get a break in because the market is so flooded with musicians, and EVEN IF a musician can successfully break into the music industry, there are “sharks waiting in the waters” because the Biblical principle of “to whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48) still applies.
However, I believe that with a proper plan in place to make steps towards a sustainable music-based career, success (meaning “success that is relative to you”) is a stones throw away.
What do you think? Leave a comment.