Listen. People tend to talk too much. Pay attention to others, learn from them, and grow.
Take risks. The best time to take a risk is After School. When you’re young, you can afford to fall flat on your face.
Hustle. Do it every day. If you went to school for Dance Choreography, then start realizing how you can make a career.
Alot of times your career isn’t so direct. You may think that your career should be to compose dances for music, artists, etc. But start thinking outside the box. Maybe make a blog or podcast about dance. In turn, you can sell merchandise, consult others on your work, release DVD’s, etc. Or maybe there are dance magazine’s, Cirque De Soleil, or even TV Shows who can use your services.
The market is HUGE – so understand that there is something for everybody – including your career. You just have to go out and find it.
Start thinking outside of the box. Life isn’t linear – so pay attention!
Be patient. You’re going to need it – because success isn’t overnight, it takes time. Building friendships, relationships, and talents is a day-to-day operation. There was a time when you couldn’t walk, talk, write, or even eat. But over time your body and brain learned to do these things. You were young, so you may not remember, but understand that it took years to learn to do these simple tasks, and just because your conscious about them now, doesn’t mean you should find short cuts. Patience and passion is the shortcut :)
Some say “Work Smart. Not Hard.”. But I say to “Work Smart AND Hard”. you’re body needs to be prepared for long days, and quick decisions. So, you HAVE to eat correctly, sleep well, and be merry.
The way one lives their life creates the work they do. So LOVE your career, LOVE your friends, LOVE your family, and think smart. Because in the end, the one’s who have complete lives – and live in balance – are the one’s who win. My old guitar teacher used to always say to me “Take out what you put in.” He was referring to taking a one hour break for every one hour that I practiced guitar – great advice! He also said to stay hydrated and drink water while practicing.
So next time you skip sleep because you want to get done MORE work, in the long run you’re actually doing less. Your body needs rest – or it will break down.
One of my students claimed that she constantly wrote ‘Crap’ music. The trick is to never give up. Also, that music isn’t ‘crap’ – if it came from your heart than nothing could be further from crap. Your emotion, passion, and talent is concealed in that piece of music you wrote.
Be proud that you wrote a great song. Maybe its not your best, but just know that it all gets better!
I received an email from one of my students today about how I am able to answer everybody, and how I decide who I’m going to answer. The fact is I answer everybody’s questions. There is no getting around it, no one is more important than anybody else.