Music or any creative expression should not be a function or a ‘job’. It should be inherent to who we are. A natural extension of our core values and our why. Our uniqueness is the gift. Communicating that uniqueness and learning how to effectively do so is what makes each artistic effort worth while.
When is the best time to start ? Now. Big things have very humble beginnings…
“Comparison is the thief of joy”
– Theodore Roosevelt
What is generic? Generic relative to what exists on the market? Generic relative to what we know from our own experience? The issue isn’t with what is or isn’t ‘generic’, the problem we face is being able to eliminate self-doubt during the creative process. There is a time and place to be endlessly inquisitive, but there is no place for over-thinking when we are actively creating.
A tough and often overlooked discipline is learning how to develop boundaries between our various mental states. Never ‘think’. Do. Allow yourself to commit to every idea that naturally flows through you and execute it without hesitation. The art is not limited to the final product, but rather the process we struggle through to arrive at a destination.
It is indeed, a very ugly business. Never, ever, let the industry tell you how to live. If you want to make a living writing music, do it but do it on your own terms. If you want to work a day job and still crank out top-notch material, that is your right and you’re entitled to be happy doing it. Remember that at the end of the day you create art for yourself.