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5 Tips For How to Handle Criticism About Your Music Like a Pro

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1. THINK PINK ABOUT UNIQUENESS!

One problem with criticism is that it has no merit if the person is not familiar with you, your goals, or your music. If you have a unique sound, a lot of people will tell you to try to sound more like this other random person because they want you to sound more familiar. In these cases, the feedback might just be something to laugh at.

Be yourself in your sound and don’t waste your chance to be unique by trying to sound like someone already famous. Keep it unique and you will find your audience.  

My definition of stupid is wasting your opportunity to be yourself because I think everybody has uniqueness and everybody's good at something.” - Pink

2. THE BIGGER GAME YOU PLAY, THE MORE CRACKS YOU GET!

Beyonce is the Queen Bee of the music world. There is nobody cooler and more dope than the Black Queen. If I could worship one woman for the rest of my life it would be Beyonce and many groupies would be right there with me kissing her feet. In spite of my heartfelt love for this goddess of lemonade, she has a lot of haters. Not only have people boycotted Beyonce’s shows, they have flat-out tried to link her with conspiracy theories and the Illuminati. People have tried to blame the corruption of the government on Beyonce. People have even said Beyonce is only famous because she knows Obama. Beyonce was famous long before Obama was president.

People think Beyonce is more powerful than Obama and that is why people think she is in the Illuminati. The beautiful thing about haters is they have no power or truth. They can tweet all they if they want and Beyonce will still perform at the Super Bowl and hangout at the White House.

"Do what you were born to do. You just have to trust yourself." – Beyonce

3. WHO ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO LISTEN TO!

Feedback is important in your growth as a person and as an artist. That doesn’t mean you need to listen to everybody. Even when you play a small show at a gloomy dive bar, the chances are people are going to have feedback for you. You need to know how to turn your ears off and see their comments as small talk they are making with you the artist, instead of jabs at your music.

You should have enough confidence in your sound not to listen to drunken guys and teen queens anyway. If they don’t matter or know how to sing or play an instrument, their opinion really doesn’t matter.  The bottom line is that most people’s opinions don’t matter and have no value or truth to what you’re about as a musician.

You can’t let praise or criticisms get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

4. DON’T BELIEVE THE LIE ONLY YOUR OPINION MATTERS!

As mentioned above, most opinions don’t matter. This doesn’t mean nothing matters and you should never listen to the feedback people are giving you. Some feedback might be extremely valuable and the reason your music is not going anywhere is because you are not listening to it. If someone says "I like your sound, but the chorus is too weak to be a hit", then you should think about recording the song.

Sometimes songs need to be reworked. Your favorite song might be good, but could be made better and if a song can be better and more commercial, that’s a great thing. You don’t need to be lazy about recording it again or pissed that there are things to improve. Just rework it and get your music to the next level.

The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

5. BE GRATEFUL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR MUSIC!

The great philosopher Aristotle said, “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

If you are being provoked, ridiculed or attacked, that’s because people notice you and you standout. You have to have a thick skin in this life no matter what your career field is, but anything in show business requires skin made of cement. You cannot let the comments of strangers discourage you from your mission. If you are not the best guitar player, keep practicing and you will get there. Don’t give up the music because of ridicule. It takes time to become a great musician. Don’t let people discourage you and cause you to give up on your dreams. Keep your head up! If someone is hating on you, it's probably because you are cooler than them. Just keep being cool and brush their dirt of your shoulders. 

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” - Gail Devers