The music industry is one intimidating and often volatile place, where it is easy to let opinions weigh against you. It’s not always easy to grin and bear rejection, but it’s unfortunately something you must learn how to conquer. While searching for work in the music industry, remember how many other people you are competing against. Often, you could be totally qualified and not be offered a position.
You sit back and analyze your interview, unable to find a single flaw in anything you said. The interviewer was agreeing with every word and seemed intrigued, yet didn’t give you an offer. It’s tough -- this has happened to me several times. Reflecting on it can be painful sometimes, but the reality is you gave it your all. Going on interviews is fearless and brave, so be proud of yourself for trying your hardest. Fourteen months out of college, I am still looking for full-time work in the music industry. I am persistent and won’t let myself quit.
Time, although it moves rapidly when filled with responsibilities, is very much on your side. I’ve struggled with not being hard on myself when taking moments to relax. Days off are necessary for monitoring your levels of stress and for emotionally recharging your brain.
Comparing your job journey to others can be detrimental, as well as letting social media contort your perception of your peer’s successes. The Internet holds a lot of space for fluff that the audience is meant to interpret a certain way. For instance, when you start to feel jealous of a classmate for landing a full time job, take a moment to re-analyze. A person can look happy but really let the pressure of their job get to them. Making vague assumptions about someone’s digital persona is a mindset we should stay away from. You may want to be in that person’s shoes, but in reality you shouldn’t worry about someone else’s story. The career you should be focusing on is yours. Everyone’s story is specific to them, and no one should be viewed differently for how long their journey takes.
Patience is hard to learn and internalize. Don’t invalidate the steps you’ve taken to get where you are right now. Even if you are closer to the beginning of your career’s journey, you’re still brave for pushing through those steps and standing on your own two feet. Time allows people to figure things out, but you can’t expect everything to change overnight. Sometimes you only get a little piece of the puzzle in place. So take a deep breath and remember that you are working hard. Keeping a positive, hardworking demeanor will help. Distributing your time toward relaxation is equally important. As Miss Hayley Williams suggests, “Hold onto hope if you got it.”