How to build a music career without a support network[This article was written by guest contributor Patrick McNease of]

You are a big dreamer.

You work a 9 to 5 that barely pays the bills. Your lights flicker on and off as you ponder if you paid your electricity bill or not. Your refrigerator consists of water and iced tea and your pantry is stacked with your favorite meal, Ramen Noodles.

Your love life is in shambles due to your second job. Your second job; where you frequent open mics, stuffy bars and street corners to play.

To play an instrument — that dream has been with you longer that the birth of your youngest sibling. You are a struggling recording artist with a dream to make it big.

Your daydream is interrupted by a telephone call. It’s your mother on the line. You’re dreading the dialogue that is about to ensue. “Are you still making music,” your mother asks.

“Yes, ma’am, I am still making music.”

Your mother responds, “Why don’t you get a real job? There’s no money in making music.”

You quickly change the subject to something less controversial, your mother’s bowling league.

Does this describe an interaction that you’ve had with people when you tell them you are a musician? How does it make your feel when your support system doesn’t support you?

What do you do when you can’t rely on the ones that should be your closest allies?

I’ve been there before. Standing in front of family members, feeling persecuted for following my heart. Standing there, looking at the jury while each family member is ready to deliver the guilty verdict.

What if I told you that you can live your dream without a support system?

Below I will detail three things that will help you live your dream without having a support system:

1. Crystalize your vision

In order for you to thrive without a support system you need to have a vision.

Vision is loosely defined as the act or power of anticipation. What are you focused on? What do you like to do? What do your dreams look like?

Answers these questions so you can truly understand the things you are passionate about. You can also visualize what it would look like to have successfully pursued your dream, which will help you gravitate towards finding your ultimate purpose.

When family members and friends try to squash your dreams, think about your vision.

Remember your vision is powerful and inspiring.

2. Have faith

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Your vision motivates you to activate your faith.

Faith is not solely tied to religion. Have you heard these phrases before? Have faith in yourself? Believe in yourself? Your faith is strong?

In order to live your dreams you must have faith in what you’re doing. You must see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then you need to activate your faith.

3. “Speak” your dream into existence

You already worked on strengthening your vision and your faith. The next thing you need to work on is speaking your dream into existence. Utilize positive self-talk every time your family members or friends try to minimize or cut down on your dreams.

These people, no matter how much you love them, do not believe in your dream. It is up to YOU to believe in your dreams. Believe it in your heart and profess it with your actions.

Understand the power of affirmations and use them throughout the day. But be realistic while you are in the pursuit of your dreams. They won’t come true overnight.

Final thoughts

* You have to have a vision. You must have faith. You must speak your dream into existence.

* You will encounter people that will try to kill your dreams. Have the strength to remember your vision.

* Every song that you write, every track that you record pushes you one step closer to your dream.

* Every stage that you rock, every fan that you interact with pushes you one step closer to your dream.

* Live your dream no matter what.

* Find out what inspires you and put that passion into your songwriting. Good luck.

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