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How to Avoid Burnout as a Musician


๐€๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ as a musician:โฃโฃ

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As someone who is a ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ and an ๐จ๐›๐ง๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ž๐ซ, burnout is something I struggle with all the time. โฃโฃ

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Iโ€™m hoping that sharing my experience might help at least ๐Ž๐๐„ person out there who is going through something similar. โฃโฃ

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I would find myselfโ€ฆโฃโฃ

๐ŸŒ‘ Re-recording my singing videos ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘ and ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘ trying to find the ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต takeโฃโฃ

๐ŸŒ‘ Spending ๐‡๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’ trying to nail a 30-second section of a song (Ridiculous, right?)โฃโฃ

๐ŸŒ‘ Recording vocals and producing my original music and wasting so much time ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ.โฃโฃ

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What Iโ€™m doing to protect myself:โฃโฃ

โ˜€๏ธ Knowing that thereโ€™s ๐ง๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž. Itโ€™s unfair of me to put that pressure on myselfโ€” I would never expect it for my students, so why am I any different?โฃโฃ

โ˜€๏ธ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ ! As long as it feels good to sing and is authentic to the piece or song Iโ€™m singing, itโ€™s fine. Thereโ€™s ways to work on your voice without obsessing!!!โฃโฃ

โ˜€๏ธ Stop worrying about the opinions of others. Receiving feedback and working with peers is important for self development, but donโ€™t let other people opinions consume your craft.โฃโฃ

โ˜€๏ธ Post more on social media!!! Getting myself out there as a singer and teacher without obsessing about the quality of the content! โฃ

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โœจ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐„๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฒโœจโฃโฃ

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Taking time to rest and setting boundaries for yourself is one of the ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ things to do as a musician. Thereโ€™s going to be times where you feel drained and passionlessโ€” give yourself a break. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ!โฃโฃ

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What do you do to prevent or overcome burnout? Let me know in the comment section ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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