Trust your musical vision if you want to succeed

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In this video, music manager and industry veteran Steve Rennie talks about finding your “true north,” which often means you have to pick yourself up when something fails, get smarter, and stay true to your musical vision.

As an artist or musician, the music business will pull you in a hundred different directions. Some people will tell you to write songs a certain way, to play your instrument a certain way, to focus on songs with more pop elements, or to write for something that you could hear on the radio. Often times when you’re not in a place of success or showing signs of improvement, it can be tempting to think about your music, career, and musical vision in a different light.

But what’s the right balance of commercial success and artistic integrity? Based on my 36-plus years experience as a professional in the music business I am here to tell you that the greatest, most successful artists always did what was true to them. They trusted their visions and creativity. They wrote the songs that were inside of them, not what other people thought they should write. I call it “Finding Your True North.”

In this free lesson preview I talk about what it means to Find Your True North, how to do it, and why it’s so important, especially in the music business.

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6 thoughts on “Trust your musical vision if you want to succeed

  1. I couldn’t agree more. In fact, many of the songs I’ve written recently are exactly about that, and in the process I found that writing and singing about this journey is the journey itself for me. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Love this video! Thanks for sharing. I love how you said enjoy the ride at the end. I forget to do that sometimes.

  3. Hi ~

    Thanks for this. Now I understand that finding Your True North is important. May I share something with you? I wear my heart on my sleve. All my cover songs are about love: wanting it…looking for it…missing it. I am afraid that I’ll be thrown in a plain ole box of ‘melancholy’. But, if I understand your video correctly, if I am committed to it (these feelings) then others will follow.

    Please let me know if I am on the right track.

    Thanks again,

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