I Want To Be Rich and Famous

A notable actor once had a fan say to him, “I’d love to trade places with you. I’d love to be rich and famous.”

The actor responded to that person by saying, “Try being rich first. See if that doesn’t solve most of your problems. The fame part really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

It’s funny how those two words, “rich” and “famous,” are so often used together, and usually interchangeably. In reality, the two are often completely unrelated.

If you’re getting into music either to be rich or to be famous, you’re likely in it for the wrong reasons. You have to love music, pure and simple. Not to mention, you’ve chosen probably the most difficult path to lead you to either of these destinations. The vast majority of musicians get neither rich nor famous.

There are plenty of ways to do both without music.

But if you do have a love for music, and you have decided this is what you want to do, then be sure to recognize the vast difference between those two words, “rich” and “famous.” I know many rich musicians that are relatively unknown by the mainstream public. And I know many famous musicians who are broke, not because they squandered their millions, they just haven’t made that much money.

Let’s assume you love music. It’s in your blood and this is what you’re going to do. Do you want to be rich? On the other hand, do you want to be famous? Because very few professional musicians are both.

If you want to be famous, audition for a reality TV show. You won’t make much money, but you’ll be known by many. If you want to be rich, try your hand at some alternative career paths in music, maybe songwriting, producing records, or music publishing. The really rich people I know in music are almost unknown by the rest of the world. Many are songwriters. Some are producers. Some get into music publishing or some other form of music business. Many of the unknown rich musicians are multi-millionaires, far wealthier than the famous artists who have recorded the unknown rich musicians’ songs. Songwriters can even walk into a grocery store on a Saturday afternoon and not a single person would know who he is.


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