Do music because you love it.

Don’t do music because you want to be rich or famous, get girls or travel the world. Because for most people, that just doesn’t happen, so you can go in with that expectation.

Do music if you can’t imagine your life without out.

Many people start music for the wrong reasons – to impress people, for school, to make money, to get famous, etc. If you really want to succeed, you need to start for the right reasons. Those who succeed are those who are passionate about what they do.

Some people don’t start because they’re afraid they don’t have the gene or the talent for it, but that’s a myth. Everyone is capable of doing music. Yes, some may have to work harder than others, but if you don’t do the work, you’re not learning. Don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to do something you love because you don’t think you have the talent for it.

So if you love music, chase after your dreams. You’ll be surprised what some hard work and a whole lot of passion can get you.

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.