Are you a REAL songwriter? I can’t count the number of times someone has said to me “I’m a songwriter – well not a REAL songwriter because I haven’t had any cuts.” Believe me; I felt the same way early in my career. Have you felt like you needed to somehow qualify or justify yourself in the eyes of other people? Me too.
As time went by, I realized that I was a real songwriter all along.
Why? Because I wrote songs. I had the guts to pour my heart out and put it to music when others were afraid to be that vulnerable. Because I had music in my heart and a story to tell. I was, and am a REAL songwriter, regardless of my commercial success.
Do You Fit My Real Songwriter Criteria?
- Do you have something to say?
- Do you have the courage to say it?
- Do you write whether anyone listens or not?
- Do you want people to “get” your music because you care about writing it?
You’re A Songwriter
If you meet those qualifications, then I’d say you’re a real songwriter. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Say it confidently and proudly. “I’m a songwriter.”
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