To start with, I have found that throughout the years that I have been playing music, anytime my focus shifted to stardom, things would go “South” in a hurry! It has been important and a challenge to keep the stars out of my eyes and keep my feet firmly planted and keep my head in the game. To anyone who wants to be a full time musician, the first thing you have to do is forget about being a star. “Stars” come and go, and a lot of the time, if they climb too high and fall, they have no idea what to do with themselves when the powers that be abandon them. So focus on being a working musician and keep your ego out of it. Isn’t it cool enough to be making a living plying your trade, playing your instrument, singing and entertaining as a full time musician at whatever level you are at? There are TONS of folks working in factories and whatnot who would change places with you in a heartbeat, even if you are playing your local rest home. Don’t sell your locality short either. I’ll bet that if you took a map of the region you live in and drew an eighty mile diameter circle, then opened your mind to all the different types of gigs you could get: rest homes, restaurants, bars, lounges, private functions, dances etc. you may be surprised. Forget about being a “Rock Star”! You’ll be happier for it! And, if your touring consists of traveling only forty miles in all directions from where you live, the center of your eighty mile diameter, then you’ll be able to come home, let the dogs out, and sleep in your own bed every night! Sweet!!