Imagine never feeling overwhelmed again. Knowing that the moment you started to spiral you’d have someone to turn to.
What would that feel like?
Seriously, close your eyes and think about it for a moment. What would it feel like to have someone there 24/7 that you know has your back?
Now what if you had a community of someone’s, all looking out for you? What if you had that access to resources that could save you time, stop your stressing, and yes, even make you money?
Would it feel like a huge weight off your shoulders?
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees that you always know there’s someone out there who cares about you. Who wants you to succeed and helps you through not only the day-to-day struggles but those big picture plans that you’re destined for.
They remind you that your art matters. And that you’re not alone.
I can honestly say I would be nowhere without my mentors. I know what a difference a mentor can make in this industry especially, and I want that for you—I want you to feel that support and have that transformation.
So, if you don’t already have a mentor, I want you to take the next 5 minutes and really absorb what I’m about to tell you. Because this could be the difference between celebrating your wins at the end of 2020, or spending another year thinking “if only…”
Find someone you trust
It’s important that you believe in your mentor. They should be someone whose blogs you’ve read, podcasts you’ve listened to, IG Stories you’ve eagerly watched, and whose philosophies always resonate.
When you’re first thinking about a mentor, go straight to the most obvious choices—who in this industry do you already have respect and admiration for? Who has helped you with their teachings already?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
A lot of us can get stuck fighting our ego on this one. We usually know when we’re struggling, and we might even know that something can help us, but we’ll fight it with every fiber of our being, inventing all kinds of excuses that ultimately just keep us from moving forward.
I get it—it can make you feel really vulnerable to ask for help, and to put ourselves in a position of power by getting he advice we so desperately seek. After all, once we get the advice we kind of have to act on it—and that can be hard!
But I’m asking you, as a friend, not to cheat yourself out of the experiences you want more than anything, just because of a touch of fear. Fear is good. Fear is healthy. It has its place—but keeping you from changing your life and the lives of those around you is not one of those places.
It’s ok to have different mentors in different areas
In fact, it’s preferable. If you’re about to go on tour, you probably want the advice of someone who has been on or booked a few tours in their time. That person might not be the same as the publicist you turn to when you’re about to run your first DIY PR campaign or the person you look to when you need some reworking of your mindset.
Ideally, you’ll want to seek out a connector as a mentor—someone who is well connected and can direct you to mentors in all the fields you need. IE: they can connect you to a great manager, a great festival booker, a great playlist person, and so on.
Have a personal mentor and an “unreachable” mentor
It’s crucial you have a mentor that you can turn to for advice the moment things get tough—for that, you need someone you can actively talk to. They don’t have to be someone you can see in person, they just have to be someone who’s able to return your emails, texts, and calls when you hit a crisis.
In addition, I always recommend having a few “unreachable” mentors. That is, people who you admire and want to emulate, but who you can’t actually talk to for one reason or another. These people are perfect for things like case studies and inspiration sessions, because you can still get so much out of learning from their path, even if you can’t have a one on one conversation.
Find a supportive community
Having one (or many) mentors is crucial for career success—but so is finding a supportive community of musicians who can understand and sympathize with what you’re going through. Don’t be stubborn and try to go this alone—surround yourself with as many peers and mentors as you can, and you’ll always find success faster.
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