1. If God ain’t first, you will get burnt out in this industry real quick. Also why else would you be doing this?
2. If you are trying to be an artist for the money side of things, know that for the first few years of getting off your feet….most times even longer than that…. you will be broke as a joke.
3. Writing is a beautiful outlet. If you are an artist and haven’t tapped into writing your own music, I would recommend it. With all of the crazy things we are faced with as artists, writing lyrics and melodies can be a place of escape and truly an outlet to let your thoughts escape out into tangible form. Have something to say. Have a message. Stand for something. If not, you will quickly be forgotten.
4. Don’t be cocky or a suck up. Nobody likes those people.
5. Everything you do, even behind closed doors, will be judged. It will wear on you if you listen to every opinion so be true to yourself. There is nothing more beautiful than the person God has made you to be, so be yourself with all your heart and don’t be swayed by what people tell you to do or be.
6. The enemy attacks real hard when you are given a platform. He will twist things that are close to the truth, make you feel like you should quit, make everything else but God be the center of your ministry, and does anything else that would distract from people knowing Jesus more! Stay in the Word. Pray hard. and Don’t let the enemy keep you from what God might be trying to do through your music!
7. Hotel life is like this: one day you stay in the Yacht Club, the next at the Super 8. You just go with it.
8. Have a mentor to speak into your life with Godly advice. Preferably someone who isn’t in your circle of friends. Someone like a pastor or a person who is older than you who is wise and can pray for you on a regular basis. Can’t tell you how much this has helped me.
9. Fans are everything. Take time for them and make them feel special. They are the reason you have shows to play and CD’s to buy in the first place.
10. Be thankful. No matter what season of being an artist you are in, be grateful for what opportunities you have. My favorite people I have met in the industry are the most humble and grateful people. They radiate God’s love and inspire me to be that way too.