The Music Business Is Not A Lottery

The music business has nothing in common with a lottery, other than the occasional unexpectedly large payouts. “Luck” is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, “talent” is the result of years of focused attention and diligent practice, and in an industry as vast as ours, while some elements of timing and chance will inevitably affect our outcome, over the long haul, it’s our skills and effort that decide our income. True enough, having a Top Ten record is like being hit by lightning, but when the storm comes, most of us will be huddled by the fire in our huts; only a few will be standing on a mountain in the rain and wind, holding a lightning rod.

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