Being a musician is exciting, but it can also be discouraging at times. So don't give up!
The greatest careers started from nothing, and sometimes an inspiring quote from someone who made it can put you back on track towards reaching your dreams!
So to get you motivated, draw inspiration from these three musicians who started out with nothing but came out on top!
As a child, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was bullied and cried every day at primary school. Things got a bit better during secondary school after he found music as an outlet. He started playing guitar and joined a band, so his confidence improved. But it still wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. For most of 2008 to 2010, he was homeless. He crashed at various friends' places, slept on train cars, and camped outside Buckingham Palace.
Ed finally got the break he was looking for when his debut single "The A Team" became a big hit both in the UK and around the world.
On Twitter, Ed tweeted"I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone."
In your journey to become a successful musician, you'll encounter people who won't like your music. That's okay - no song will be universally loved by everyone. Even the biggest superstars have haters. The important thing is to find a niche in which you can flourish and make music you love.
Canadian songstress Celine Dion of "My Heart Will Go On" fame is one of the most popular divas in the world. She's rich and famous, but that hasn't always been the case. As the youngest of 14 children, she grew up in a happy but not-so-comfortable household in Montreal. She spent most of her childhood singing with her siblings at her parents' piano bar. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a singer, so she and her family looked for a music manager (René Angélil) to direct her career.
Celine was already a rising star in Canada and the United States in the early 1990s, but she became internationally well-known after pairing up with Peabo Bryson for the title track of the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.
Celine once said, "Every day you have to reset the clock. Things will happen in your life. But you don't hold on to it."
Being a musician is full of uncertainty - especially when you're just starting - but you have to learn to take the surprises in stride. If an opportunity doesn't pan out today, don't stop looking for another one tomorrow. A combination of flexibility and determination is your recipe for success.
As the drummer of the legendary band The Beatles, Ringo Starr is definitely living it up. The group may be long broken up, but Ringo reaps the rewards of royalty fees to this day.
Nevertheless, life wasn't always peachy. He was a sickly child, and had to endure several hospitalizations while growing up. Then, he almost didn't become a Beatle. If the original drummer Pete Best hadn't been fired, then Ringo wouldn't have gotten his break. Yet, there he is. The rest, they say, is history.
Ringo said, "Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day."
So if you want to make it in the music business, be a go-getter. As long as you don't trample on others, there's absolutely nothing wrong with working hard for what you want.
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