Full Tilt: Jante’s Law and What It Means for Your Music Career

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chriswich007

Some very interesting observations, Blake.
I would say this behaviour extends beyond just the music industry or musical aspirations. I have been playing guitar for 24 years (I'm 42) and these insights would have been very valuable when I was younger! I was also involved in the local Dramatic Arts community, and this attitude was prevelant.

Ultimately, it is up to everyone to forge ahead as best as their aptitude and interest will allow them, but you are right, there's no excuse for pulling others down out of spite or jealousy.

Keep writing -- and playing! -- man!

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BlakeSco

Thanks for reading dude!

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RickNPHX

I especially like rule 06. "I am the only person who can do exactly what I do." True reality. And whatever you do, do it with your whole heart, as to The Lord and not men." Colossians 3:23 - Paul the Apostle.

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RickNPHX

Blake, Your comments are TRUE, IMPORTANT observations. May I add my view? IMHO 1.) There's no excuse for any person pulling another down. Don't waste time wth such people. Some are afraid you'll do better than they did. 2.)Some though, communicate it poorly, but they don't want you to get hurt by a world that can be very cold, and very tough. After all, no one is obligated to like what you do. 3.) Music like any business, depends on other people liking and paying you for what you do. That's why people at many levels of technical skill can be found to be "successful". "Success" in this sense means you're dovoting your time and acquiring your income from it satisfactorily. There are your shredders, then, there are your folk singers. You're fortunate if people like what you do. If not, that's how it is. Some people have minimal audience, but maximum financial support and can afford to live out their passion anyway. Others must scrape to support family while trying to live out their dream. 4.) You can do your best technically, artistically, and business-wise, but you MUST be ready to accept the realities of the world around you. Sometimes that means living off your girl-friends, living in your van, living off of a rich cougar, a comfortable living, or owning your own mansion. But, in the end, life is what you make of it, your happiness depends a great deal on what or whom you value. Be sure you've accurately identified what your REAL passion is. - Just my 2 cents worth. - RP

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BlakeSco

Absolutely! BTW, look out for an upcoming article on passion. I totally agree. Perhaps there's a rich cougar out there for all of us...

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TPHummer

I Love this advice! My daughter @JamminMe on Twitter is working on moving to L.A. to find a place fitting into the music scene. It's so easy to get discouraged. I am guilty of adding discouragement by saying how competitive it is! Sometimes you gotta push a broom to get foot in door, never the less there are doors to be opened!

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BlakeSco

Great to hear--there are ALWAYS doors to be opened!

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g3l2e7n9n

Awesome advice, Blake! I'm guilty of a lot of those and it's good to be reminded that it's a crappy way of thinking and living. Thanks for writing this, man. It was definitely inspiring and useful while at the same time totally unexpected and not your typical "musicianship advice".

-Glenn

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BlakeSco

Thanks for reading Glenn!

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EvanHalen88

That was crazy inspirational. I've been finding myself feeling guilty for having thoughts about rising above the local music scene, and it was really great to see that this isn't an uncommon mentality. Thanks for sharing!

Evan

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BlakeSco

Awesome dude!

Guilt = Useless/energy-eating emotion. It's funny how easily we get in our own way sometimes. I can surely relate! Don't let anyone's negativity hold you back--it's your life, not their's. You gotta do what you gotta do and it's okay if some people don't understand.

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