#229 – There’s No Participation Trophies In The Music Business

Not Everyone Should Get a Participation Trophy, nor does everyone get a record deal.

What is the definition of talent? What does it take to be truly successful? And at what point should you walk away when you realize it’s not going to happen to you?

The music business is no different than any other industry, from the aspect that no matter how hard you work, you may still not make it to the top of the heap.

For you to give your best, are you willing to sacrifice your social life, your friends, or even your family? In a business that almost requires a 24/7 presence, the music industry can be tough on a good day. Is getting on one of today’s reality based music contest TV shows worth that sacrifice? How much of that will actually enhance your career?

It’s all about knowing what direction you want your career to head in, and just as important, having the ability and understanding to take direction from reliable people in the industry.

Artist consultant and vocal rehabilitation coach Jana Jones Uttz discusses this, and other topics that today’s up and coming artists need to know, and hopefully understand if they’re going to take the steps required to make an impression on the music scene.

We even get on the topic of Elvis, and how Sam Phillips and Colonel Tom Parker were more influential regarding Elvis’ career than originally thought of.

For more information, or to contact Jana, she can be reached at: janauttz@yahoo.com

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