Stop working so hard to perfect your Art. Your sound. Your style. Your flow.
Build an audience first. A fan base. A small group of people who love what you do. Who love your music. Your paintings. Your poetry.
Start small. Start with 10.
Ten raving fans.
Fans that love what you do.
Fans that love what you do so much they’d die if they didn’t tell their friends.
When you get those first 10, treat them like rockstars.
Give them the inside scoop. Behind the scenes. Drafts. One-of-a-kinds. Signed copies. Intimate performances.
Find out why they love you. What connects. What inspires.
Do more of that.
Then give them a way to share you. To bring in 10 more fans. Each.
Make it easy. Get rid of the hurdles.
Now you have 100 raving fans.
Give them the same red-carpet treatment. Find yourself with 1,000 true fans.
You only need 1,000 true fans to make a living doing your Art.
Sure, it’s not easy.
It’s also not as daunting, as complex, or as overwhelming as feeling like you need 50,000 fans to make a living.
Start with 10.