In the music industry, if you are not able to talk and sell yourself, your honestly not going to make. I'm sorry to tell you, but that's the honest truth. That's also the struggle that I'm facing right now (so don't feel like your the only one). All my life my parents have always been speaking for me, that's not a bad thing, that actually means their great parents, which they are. They have helped me make decisions by talking me through the process, and have helped me achieve the goals I have in life. But, at some point in time I have to fly away from the nest and be able to speak for myself and sell my self as a musician. Now, I don't want you to think that since my parents have "spoken" for me, that means that I don't have my own opinions. Trust me I have my own opinions, that sometimes my parents don't agree with. Now I'm starting to learn that my parents can't speak for me anymore, which kind of stinks for one of two reasons. First, I'm not a great public speaker, or speaker in general. I think I touched on this in the last Blog Post, but I've never really been the one to get up and talk infront of my peers, or have been the out going one in school. And I definitely haven't shared my whole life journey in the music industry with my friends either. Second, I don't have the largest self confidence with my music. My vocal coach, Austin Johnson and I have worked on my stage presence and how I act on stage, and I've never had a lot of movement on stage preforming, but we've worked on it, and I've learned how moving around will make me look a lot better than standing on stage looking like I'm putting myself to sleep with my own music. But, it all comes with confidence in yourself and your music which I hope to learn someday to be a better musician and share it with you. So, how am I going to become this outgoing performer who can talk and make friends with anyone? I have no idea. But, I'm going to start by sharing my music life with more people, and sit down and think, why do I play music, and why do I want to be a musician when I'm older. I hope that starting with these questions will eventually lead to me knowing myself better as a musician and a person. So, if your having the same problem as me, or just want to be a better speaker, then I would ask these questions:
Much Love, Emily
Emily Rhodes is a fifteen year old girl in High School. She enjoys running track and field and hanging out with her friends. She started this blog to share her journey through the music industry so that other musicians can learn from her mistakes and take her advice.