|Instagram @travisbtp. Photo by Rob Van Bomel.|
I've had a very insane year.
From touring the country (TWICE!), to playing more festivals, being on more planes in this year alone than I have in my entire life, working on music with #BEAUTIFULMIND, and finally releasing some new music for myself (very, very soon!), this entire year has been blessings left and right. I'm still not even close to where I want to be, but knowing that this is the beginning gets me excited for what's to come.
|Photo by Dexter Findley. Instagram: @dxtrf|
In my travels, I get a lot of questions about music and the industry (I'm still trying to figure things out myself), but one that sticks out a lot is, "How do I become as successful as you guys?" Honestly, I don't consider myself a success in that stature yet, but I know that I'm working very hard every day to reach that goal. And even with that, that doesn't guarantee that I may get to my goal, but I can say there are some basic principles I try to follow that helped me get this far.
It really differs depending on what you're trying to do exactly, but some basic tips that I think can work for anyone:
1. Be Professional: No one will take you seriously, if you don't take yourself seriously, and in this day and age, you need a lot more than talent to be successful in a field of entertainment/business. Be polite, courteous, and reliable.
2. Stand Out: I can't speak on any other fields of work, but in the music field, it's getting progressively harder to not sound like the other millions of people making the same songs. With the Internet age, and how readily available everything is, music gets really saturated. You have to have something about you/your product that separates you from everyone else, and on top of that, it has to be easily recognizable/distinguishable.
3. Network: This is in some ways more important than a lot, because a big portion of your brand is who you know, and who has capabilities to help you expand it.
4. Polish your Product: whether it's a song, an image, a video, make sure it's good quality. That alone will help you to stand out, and people will take you/your product a lot more seriously.
5. Experiment/Take Risks: don't be afraid to try new things, and make mistakes, and learn from them. That's what separates the greats from everyone else. Constantly challenge yourself, and fall in love with your craft and the process (SUPER IMPORTANT!). Learn the industry you want to break into as much as you can, and figure out what you need to do.
6. Create a Plan: You'd be surprised how many people don't take the time out to actually plan out a strategy on how they can become successful. If you haven't already, create a 1 year goal for yourself, and a 5 year goal for yourself (even a 10-year goal!). Ask yourself: what is my end goal, and what steps do I need to take to get to that end goal?
7. Don't give up!: if you're serious about your brand, the longer you work at it, the less bs you'll stand for/deal with. It's not an easy road at all, and you're going to be pushed to your limits a lot, but keep striving! The road to success is not a sprint, it's a marathon. It's not about who gets there first, but who can endure the journey.
|PMF l to r: Travis Mendes, Balistik the Messiah, DJ Aaron Omar, Ronnie Hinds, Mylon Hayde, Jeanae Washington. Not pictured: Justin "Biggs" Brown.|