“How to Land a Gig at Eurovision” by Emese Kapcsos
You need to love music. Obsessively.
You need to fall in love with an instrument.
Then you need a teacher who tells you that you're good.
You need to sit down and practise.
Even if you don't feel like it.
No day off.
You need to work your way up from a few minutes a day to a few hours a day.
You'll need to learn to focus.
You'll need to learn to motivate yourself.
You'll need support.
Lots of support.
And you won't give up.
You'll need to be on stage.
You'll need to experience the good side and the bad side of being in the spotlight.
You'll need to learn to handle success.
And failure. Lots of failure.
And you'll learn to dust yourself off and stand back on your feet.
Because you'll get pretty obsessed about a dream, a vision of the future.
Lots of people will say good things about you.
And lots will say bad things.
You'll get gigs. More than you can handle.
And there will be times with no gigs. For longer than you can handle.
One thing will never change: you will just play and play and play and you'll keep finding ways to put yourself out there.
You will keep creating music. Sometimes people will listen to it, sometimes they won't. But you will keep adding and adding and adding and expecting nothing in return.
And one day the phone will ring and someone will challenge you with a task. And your dream of playing in front of thousands of people will come true in the craziest way you've ever expected.