What is a Thriving Musician?

thriving musician Aug 27, 2018


We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.

-Charles Bukowski

Imagine a rose. They exist in various colors and sizes. They are beautiful, expressive and lovely yet strong, protective and require recurring maintenance to thrive. Some roses bloom into beautiful flowers and others don't make it past the stem. The growth of a rose is similar to that of a musician.

Let’s start by planting a seed. We cultivate our craft through education whether that be on stage, music school or mentorship. With consistent watering (practice), proper environment (community) and supervision (accountability) we can sprout a stem.

The stem represents the first step towards becoming a fully bloomed flower. A stem might have leaves, branches, thorns, or buds which represent a musicians ability to perform, record, or teach music therefore the status of “musician” is achieved. Many seeds fail to sprout a stem. Those which succeed require increased nurturing in order to bloom a beautiful rose flower (corolla to be specific.)

A properly nurtured corolla may host 5 to 50 petals! A thriving musician who properly nurtures their growth will bloom petals beyond the scope of music (stem) including:

  • Savings
  • Retirement
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Investing
  • Music Business
  • Income
  • Mental & Physical Health
  • Mindset
  • Self-Awareness

Without these petals you just have the stem.

Rose bushes require pruning to continue thriving. Below is a quick video explaining the process and reasoning behind pruning:

Did you notice you have to remove leaves, dead stems and actually cut the top off to allow the bush to thrive? Musicians must prune their lives and careers to continue thriving. Consider your current gigs, environment, community, time spent, etc. Are they leading you to the life you want and deserve or do they need pruning?

I hope this was enlightening and I would love to know your thoughts. Please send an email to [email protected] or share this post and tag me!

Keep Thriving,


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