In the art world, Persistence is the key to success

persistence is the key to success

In the world of art, persistence is the key to success. I’ve been in this field forever and can tell you first hand that it’s not talent that will get you far. It’s persistence. I’ve seen too many talented people give up. In fact, I personally know a better musician than I am who is a cashier at Whole Foods.

If he’s reading this, he knows I’m talking about him. That’s fine. He’ll probably take it as a compliment. He’s a great guy. But has had bad luck in his music career and called it quits years ago.

Which is a shame. He’s a damn fine musician.

It’s easy to get discouraged as an artist. You’ll have friends and family members discourage you on a weekly basis. You’ll have to tune them out. Personally, I’m cutting them out of my will. Tough shit. You didn’t support me when I was broke. I’m not going to support you when I’m rich. You ain’t getting shit from me.

That’s the kind of attitude you have to have. It’s tough to make it in any art industry. But it’s not talent that will get you there. It’s will. You have to keep going, no matter how tough things get. No matter what others are saying about you. You have to just keep going.

I’ve been doing this shit since 2008

It’s 2016 now. Astral Eyes is my second band and Skitz is the fifth singer. But he’s the one because we work as a team. With former singers, I won’t disclose who was who but one was a temp, one was great but had demons she had to take care of, one was a diva, and one actually managed to destroy the band (although I later brought it back to life).

But, I didn’t quit. I kept going. We started a Psychedelic Metal band. We became a Progressive Metal band. This band didn’t become Romantic Metal until the Summer of 2012, after I realized we were sort of in a dead end and not very original.

I’m just using me as an example. If you’re an artist, keep in mind, persistence is the key to success. If you’re the real deal, then you know it. And if others don’t, you have to keep hammering away until they learn it.

Don’t whine to me how tough it is. No shit it’s tough. I know how tough it is. It’s brutal. You’ll meet plenty of doubters. A lot of your fellow artists will be jealous of you. Some of your closest friends will turn on you. You’ll learn all about schadenfreude. If you don’t know what that means, look it up. You may have already experienced it.

Instead of bitching about it, keep going. You’ll have your haters. Haters gonna hate. Winston Churchill said that if you stop for every dog that barks at you, you’ll never reach your destination. Truer words have never been spoken. Don’t let the haters get to you. Keep going. Onward, fellow artist. I want you to succeed because I want friends who are successful. I’m the opposite of a jealous person. I get inspired by successful people. When I meet someone who is successful, I want to pick his brain. I want to find out what makes him tick. I want to know every single one of his secrets. And I want to know how he pulled it off.

Like what Ozzy says

That’s the mentality you have to have, my friend. Ozzy Osbourne said “you got to believe in yourself, or no one will believe in you.” That’s from the song I Don’t Know. Those words stuck with me. They’re so right on.

So remember, persistence is the key to success. I know I’ve already said it twice before, but I have to say it a third time to make it sink it. Let it sink in. Say it to yourself five times right now. Don’t finish this article until you’ve repeated it to yourself five times. This is important because you need to make it sink in.

You keep at it. You keep going forward and you will make it. I can guarantee it. It might take you five years. It might take you ten years. But if you’re the real deal, then you need to be doing your art. Don’t give up. Keep going!


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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