10 Reasons You Should Be Involved in Your Local Music SceneBy
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
I am an artist, I am a performer, and I am a musician.
With that sentence comes a full range of stereotypes, preconceived notions, and some things that only other artists will understand.
I am proud to say I fit many of those stereotypes. I am a bit scattered, I sometimes stop what I’m doing to admire a fallen leaf, and I definitely cry more often than most people. I’m a little over dramatic, and I’m really loud.
Those are the things I don’t mind, the things that are most visible to other people. But when we venture into the territory that only other artists and performers understand, I get a bit more hesitant to admit to some of the negative stereotypes.
My least favorite stereotype is that all performers are competitive, that all artists compare their work to others. Unfortunately, this stereotype is often true. Sometimes I look at other musicians, and a variety of unpleasant things run through my head:
“Oh, they just got lucky and knew someone.”
“Their music is okay, but the lyrics were terrible.”
“They are only successful because their genre is more popular than mine.”
It’s human nature to compare yourself to others. But when artists live in that place of comparison and competition, we miss out on so much.”
This is a hashtag I see my photographer friends using quite often. They intentionally hang out with other photographers, talk about photography, and exchange advice and tips
Does it take guts to get lunch or coffee with a direct business competitor? Maybe.
Does it take guts to get lunch with a direct business competitor, and find out how you can help each others business? Definitely.
This kind of intentionality is especially important for musicians. Chances are, your local scene is much smaller than you think it is.
We’ve listed the top 10 reasons to kill your comparative/competitive instincts and learn to love the other members of your music community.