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I'd recommend starting small by writing music, arranging it on your computer, and putting it in on sound cloud. Joining music forums you can also connect with other musicians despite your shyness. If you ever want to have a career in music, you are going to need to connect with others in real life though, but let your connections online be a steeping stone to that.
 

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I've actually been thinking of doing something like that, the only problem is I'm not sure how I would record it since I dont have any recording equipment. Im sure I can find an alternative but I just want to make sure I can give the best quality of my music as possible, but I guess we have to start somewhere huh :/
Thank you so much for the website either way. I'll be visiting right now actually ;). I think I might let you guys know when I set up my website do my songs that way i have a place to start.
 

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I've worked in the performing arts for 20+ years (first on the side, then professionally, then coaching other people).

The first question is: What do you already know and do, and do you actually have the talent and, above all, mindset for it?

I almost daily hear people saying "I want to be a musician/actor/what have you". And then you ask why, or what they've already done, and they give you a blank stare.
To be a musician, you actually need to make music. It's that simple. Depending on the style of music, you need to play an instrument/sing or compose/write (there are of course a few other careers in music, but I'll leave them out just now).

Don't get me wrong, you can learn almost anything technically, and no one needs to start out with a perfect skill-set (you never get to the stage of perfection anyway ;)). Why would someone want to be a musician though, or an actor, if they've never made music, or were never on stage in a school-play? It's because they look at other people and think it would be a fantastic career.

It is a fantastic career, and it is not. It's harsh. It forces you to deal with rejection on a daily basis. You don't make much money with it, unless you're one of the lucky 1 percent. Most artists are not put off by that. If you're not willing to get your claws in and make more excuses than going for it, you have to reconsider.

None of this is meant to discourage, quite the opposite. So before you think about anything else, ask yourself those questions:
WHY and WHAT? Be specific. Everything else comes after that.
 

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Thank you so much for that post, it actually helps me a lot and it definitely got me thinking. I have made a couple of tunes on my piano and have practiced working with my guitar and I really love it. My problem is just that I feel like a lot of daily chores get in the way of my productivity and I don't know if it's just a personal laziness (I hope it isn't!) or if I just have serious trouble with organizing my time.
I don't get home until about 6pm every day, I always have some type of homework or project to do for school (I go to Fiorello H. LaGuardia in Manahttan, New York. It is an art school, but it is also considered a specialized high school and, recently, the academic curriculum has been getting pretty intense while the art curriculum is doing the exact opposite :/), and when I get home there just never is really a time when I feel very inspired. I tend to spew out melodies during piano class in the evening (that may be my 'creative flow time').
I guess it would just be really helpful if you had any recommendations on how to organize or make time for music? (sorry if this is too personal for you to answer btw) I just seem to get too caught up in academics and music and how to balance one with the other. I honestly do value music more, but it's hard to face yourself when you're getting bad grade after bad grade (it hurts my poor ego D:)
I really just can't explain what it is with music and me, but I just know I want to do it. I love how certain music just moves me; how exhilarated and alive musicians seem when on stage doing what they love, but just watching isn't enough for me. I want to be the one making people happy and, most of all, creating songs that will touch people's hearts. I think of music as a way of communicating my feelings to others and assuring them that, whatever they've been through, they're not alone. I love singing with a passion and when I sing I feel so happy; I want to spread that happiness to others. I'm sorry about this rant here, but I just want to assure you that this is not just something I want for fame, fortune, or whatever other frivolous misconception tends to be strived for through musicianship. I really want a chance to show what I've got to offer and the happiness music brings me; I just don't know where to start.
 

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I guess it would just be really helpful if you had any recommendations on how to organize or make time for music? (sorry if this is too personal for you to answer btw) I just seem to get too caught up in academics and music and how to balance one with the other. I honestly do value music more, but it's hard to face yourself when you're getting bad grade after bad grade (it hurts my poor ego D:)
This might sound really silly, but put it in a diary. I'm serious. Have a realistic target, X hours per week. And then you divide these hours up into daily chunks, and you put them into your diary. And you set an alarm. And you sit down and do it when the alarm goes off, no matter if you "feel like it" or not. Doesn't sound much fun, I know, but that's what separates the ones who are really committed from the ones who give up.

You'll soon notice that you don't need the diary thing anymore, or that you start to sit down for even longer than you intended to. You need to make a start though.

People always seem to think that artists have these amazing creative-genius-type insights out of the blue, and whilst they undoubtedly happen sometimes (and they're amazing if they do ;)), it's very often just about hard graft and sticking with it. It's about making a start, even if the result is just mediocre. For every 100 times you sit down and do your art, you'll feel shit about the result like 95 times. It's what we ALL experience. And believe it or not: It's probably good that way, as long as you take it as an incentive to keep working and growing, instead of letting it defeat you.

Try the diary...
 
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