For Musicians that Fear Sharing
Updated: Apr 17, 2021
So many talented souls are self-critical.
Are you hiding your amazing material
while worrying about what people might think?
If you have already spent countless hours in isolation practicing your craft (and your Grammy night performance), you are ready to take the posting plunge!
In the age of social media, you have a chance to share any idea, song or performance instantly with the world.
You can record your music on a voice memo, sophisticated digital workstation or shoot a video in your bedroom. So what is stopping you?
Do you worry that people will judge you? Believe me. I get it!
I am my own worst critic. So you see, you are not alone. We are on this journey together. We are in large numbers.
We are the ones who care, so we don't always share.
Sometimes we care so much about our work that we keep waiting to be perfect. And waiting, and waiting...
It's infinitely more interesting and valuable to be real. How about showing the world....YOU? You have something no one else has.
Let's dare to be original!!!
I'm ready to post this less than perfect article. My words are truthful and from my heart. I have lived this struggle and watched my students go through it too.
Here are quotes by popular musicians to light a superstar spark in you:
"If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow."
"Music can change the world because it can change people."
"I believe musicians have a duty or responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others."
- James Taylor
"The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."
- B.B. King
"Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"The roughest roads often lead to the top."
- Christina Aguilera
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
- Kurt Cobain
"You don't have to believe everything you think."
- Erykah Badu
"Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great."
Okay. Let's jumpstart this music machine and get cruising!
When you are feeling stuck and uninspired...
ASSIGN YOURSELF A 14 DAY CHALLENGE.
Within 14 days, create and share something new. Tell your friends on social media that you will be releasing something on a specific day. Then stick to it! Now, you are accountable. You can even post something raw or "behind the scenes" to showcase your creative process. You can always repost revisions down the road.
As for me, I will finish this blog post and upload a new video.
Will you join me on this challenge with one post of your own? You might complete something spectacular... just because you kept on aiming for what was possible.
Rosanna Ferro is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She studied theatre composing at the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Rosanna wrote the book, music and lyrics to "The Price of Admission" that was selected for Winterfest Theatre Festival in NYC. She wrote the film score to "Just Stop" in Sundog Theatre's 2021 Play Festival. Rosanna is on the music teaching staff at Riverside Music Studios in Manhattan and Quality Music Lessons in Salem, NH.