As weird as it may seem, I learned a lot from anime. In this case, Dragon Ball Z to be specific. I know, I know...it sounds odd, but it's true! During the training Goku and Gohan did in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan was trying to become a super saiyan in preparation for the Cell games. Goku was holding back, trying to train Gohan semi gently. Gohan noticed Goku wasn't using his full strength and was going easy on him just because he was Goku's son. I say all that to say this...The quote from Gohan to his father, "It's all or nothing. There is no in between" has stuck with me for a very long time.
A band is VERY demanding. Not only with your time, but with your money, and your even mental stability at times. In order to "make it" you need to explore as many avenues as possible to gain exposure, fans, insight, and contacts to push your band further along this arduous path you've decided to walk. There is no just showing up to shows to play hoping you'll be "discovered". You have to be able to market your band to your targeted audience. You have to keep track of your finances to insure you have merch for every show. You need to create more than just musical content to satiate the A.D.D. fans that grow bored of the same thing for months. You have to do it ALL!
If you want to "make it", everyone in the band needs to be constantly thinking of ways to drive the band forward and bring you closer to your goals. I know this is especially difficult when you have a family. I have 3 small children and a wife. However, you must find time for anything you want to achieve. I want to achieve a level of success where I can bring my family with me as we travel the world playing shows in places I've only dreamt about going to, but I can't get there by casually going through the motions. It takes focus and determination.
As I am just rambling nonsensically at this point, I will be bringing this blog to an end.
Regardless of the goal(s) you have. You WILL have to put forth effort to achieve it. If you have the drive, the talent, and the ability..there's no reason you can't obtain it. Nothing worth having comes easy. You have to be willing to give 100%. I'm far from achieving my goals, but I give it my all, regardless of the circumstance. Eventually, it'll pay off. I'm bound and determined that music will be my career. It's not an easy road to walk, but I'll make the journey to prove to my children that if you set your mind to something and show an aptitude for your chosen field...You can accomplish your goals. Just work hard and give it your all.