I guess it's true what they say about good things come to those who wait because I must email about 20-30 people in the music business a day about cowriting with more established songwriters or artists. I get maybe one response that either says they can't help me or I'm not good enough yet (keyword yet). Unfortunately, that's the name of the game. I can either view it from the perspective of "well I suck" or I can tell myself to "just keep on keeping on".
I choose the latter because I really want this. Or at least I think I do. I sometimes worry that if I do become a successful songwriter, I might not like what I find. But if I never try, I'll never know. I'm willing to take that risk to share something I'm passionate about.
Anyway, this post isn't about me complaining why nobody has noticed I'm the next Benny Blanco yet (I wish!). If you didn't know that all aspects of the music industry are cut throat, you do now. I titled this post "Perspective" because I consider it to be the most important variable of success.
Recently, I've been obsessed with a new podcast hosted by a very successful songwriter, Ross Golan, called And The Writer Is. He interviews the best of the best songwriters in the business. What goes on behind the scenes of some of your favorite songs is just mind blowing. And yet, I still want to be a part of it so that must mean something, right?
I just finished listening to an episode with one of the very few female songwriters in the business, Bonnie McKee. She talks about living in a shitty apartment and not having enough money to pay for her cell phone. She was very young when the industry chewed her up and spit her out. A tortured soul for sure. Even though our upbringings are very different, our identities and internal struggles are very similar. I consider myself to be a tortured soul in a different way and I think our songwriting comes from a similar place. I highly recommend this podcast series to aspiring songwriters like myself.
She's the songwriter behind some of Katy Perry's biggest hits. It really is all about being in the right place at the right time and many of these songwriters lived in motels or cars before "making it" or their "big break".
That's where perspective comes in. This year, I turned 26. Sometimes I feel like I'm too old to be trying this now. Then I research some of the best songwriters and see that they spent years, even decades, fighting their way to the top. At 26, I still have plenty of time. The good news is, I've been in touch with some really incredible and influential people in the industry. I hope they can see my passion and potential and take that chance on me. They won't be disappointed.