When things don’t go our way, it’s natural that it can sometimes overwhelm us. This can trickle down to our art, and affect the way we create music. However, we can turn this negativity into creativity. In fact, many artists have taken difficult experiences from their lives, and used it as a catalyst and source of inspiration for their music. Granted, it is difficult for an artist who encounters hardship to turn it into good music. However, understanding how to manage your perspective on negativity may spur your creativity as a musician.
Why it’s easy to be cynical in music
We can’t control what happens to us – we can only decide how we respond to whatever life throws at us. Creating music and working in the music industry, there are bound to be some difficult moments coming your way –– negative reviews, financial insecurity, mental health struggles, etc. It’s not easy to succeed in music, and this is the case no matter how you define success. However, there’s no reason to live in constant negativity, or to dwell on the hardships at the expense of your creativity and well-being.
Wield hardship as a tool for creativity
If you’re set on pursuing music as a career, you’ll inevitably face lots of challenges along the way. However, this can be a double-edged sword depending on how you perceive them – it can be incredibly useful for fueling your creativity. Your music could be a creative outlet for your thoughts and feelings. You may even reflect on those experiences through your work, and shape your best work around them.
It’s totally natural to feel frustrated with music, or down about life sometimes. This isn’t to downplay or dismiss any problems you might face in your career or life. However, if you want the best chance at making great music, it’s important to learn how to move forward. Consciously regain your power, and try to view your music as an outlet to process your pain. That way, no matter what happens, you’ll be able to make something good out of it.
Choosing creativity over negativity is not easy, and it’s a choice you’ll have to make over and over again.But, if you stay the course, you’ll always have inspiration for your work. The best part is, there will always be a way to turn every difficult situation into something positive.