bwkeys45 said 10 years, 6 months ago:

Personally, I have a lot of difficulty staying motivated and focused on my goals. I’m just curious- what do you think is the toughest part?

Cessa said 10 years, 5 months ago:

There’s a lot of struggles, I don’t know which to pick.

You work more than you’re paid for. Even with paid gigs, you have to practice on your own time, usually.

It’s tricky to do a job with an audience, to put yourself out there for everyone’s opinions.

I really think it uses both sides of your brain, too.

Arielle said 10 years, 5 months ago:

Dear artists & musicians,

I guess for me… it would be trying to keep up with the trend. You personally enjoy singing or playing or composing to a certain genre or style but find that the audience tastes continuously change based on the music played most on the radio stations or music channels and most of the time it may not be the genre that you most comfortable or good at. :)
and I agree with Cessa, it does require both sides of your brain.

mini_beethoven said 10 years, 2 months ago:

Practicing a piece makes me lose my motivation. I have lost out on opportunities for competitions because I didn’t want to practice piano, and I still don’t. I don’t have enough patience to sit there and practice an hour straight, because there’s too much to do.

depressedgirl96 said 10 years ago:

Not being able to share your talent with the world.

Pope said 10 years ago:

There are certainly a lot of struggles, but there’s two that really stick out to me.

1- Those moments where you’re creatively dried up and you need to recharge. Sure, it gives you a well needed break, but it’s always extremely frustrating for me.

2- Getting your music out there. Thankfully, some of my remixes have turned people on to my music, but it’s always frustrating when you make something hella-dope but you don’t have anyone to listen to it.

The Giggle Blizzard said 10 years ago:

I would like to agree with @cessagrace . Some people may have the idea that playing a gig is easy money, but usually you’re spending plenty hours before the gig to practice and depending on what you play and do, there’s a lot of carrying around musical equipment at the start and end of each gig.

The other struggle I find, which is more to do with composing music for me is the lack of inspiration and the fact that it’s very important to me that something I make does not sound too unoriginal, flat or uninspiring, and this happens a lot.

Also, writer’s block.

Bragnagar said 10 years ago:

For my opinion, the hardest thing would be making a living out of it, maybe the industry doesn’t move on the style you love playing, or there’s too much competition, that certainly would make one bad move into a hell, even not achieving the expected exposure that you make you earn a decent living…and the worst of all, working more than tou get paid for…

Deleted User said 9 years, 10 months ago:

I think one of the hardest parts for me is struggling with perfectionism and self-doubt, so motivation can be affected too. Because I don’t know if it’s possible to achieve a ‘flawless’ performance and there are so many ways of interpretation. I also feel a pressure to be seen as ‘musical’. Not always having time to practice can be frustrating as well, and sometimes you want to spend more time on something than you have time for.

Deleted User said 9 years, 2 months ago:

People…I want to say…misjudge. It can be incredibly difficult to learn an instrument and people think theat it’s just a waiste of time. I’ve already started to dedicate my life to playing the cello, and It is definitely NOT a waste of time. It has actually been proven that people who know how to read music and play are smarter than someone that isn’t (for orchestra students aspecially) hand eye coordination couldn’t be better:)

NOAH. said 8 years, 9 months ago:

Getting started, putting yourself out there into the world & allowing judgement to be cast upon you, and then accepting that judgement and continuing making music is the hardest part by far.

Deleted User said 8 years, 8 months ago:

Trying to find another musician that you can jam with and respects the type of music you play. Not those dense people who Metal = Satan .