Quincy Jones is famous for the phrase: “my self-worth is not dependent upon your approval of me.”
It’s natural to feel unsure of yourself and look for reassurance. We all do it. I’ve come to believe that performers have an abundance of a “look at me, look at me, look at me” gene. It’s unavoidable. It is also natural for you to feel insecure when you are exposing yourself to criticism or judgment. Vulnerability is a huge part of the creative process.
Composers are afflicted with the same tendencies but...
This is a tough business. You have to be tough to survive.
The constant rejection
The dog eat dog competition
Navigating through a community that confuses having a lot of contacts with few true friendships.
The inflexibility that comes with strong opinions is...