Being An Independent Artist Is Hard Work
Most folks think we just pick a guitar up one day, buy a sound system, and go play some shows. I wish it did work that way, but its a full time job. Even though you are doing what you really enjoy, like any other job, it is still work. A lot of thought and hard work go into having a successful career. If it was easy everybody would be doing it.
When I started this journey three years ago I would have never expected that there would be so many up's, and for that I am truly grateful. I also would not have expected for it to be so exhausting. Most times I am burning it at both ends trying to make the next move or find the next "big thing" I should be doing. The good thing about being a creative is that I am always on my toes trying to keep things going for the band and myself. The bad side of that is sometimes it just takes time.
Like anything else in life...… the best way to move forward is to follow the process. Fortunately the Army taught me patience (which wasn't super enjoyable), but it is necessary. If you expect things to happen quickly, then 99% of the time you are going to be disappointed. You have to stay motivated, and maintain your composure even when it feels like the world is tumbling down.
With all of that being said...… before you get mad at the band for not knowing your favorite song, remember that they have worked their tail off to be where they are. Its not easy to learn three to four hours of music, entertain, play, and follow the crowd all at the same time. There are hours worth of phone calls and emails with no responses. Its a consistent grind to get every show. Life is what you make it, so go out and do what you can to make your dreams come true!