Chasing Fame Into a Rabbit Hole

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If you're doing it to be famous, quit now.

If you're doing it so that people will recognize you and treat you like a celebrity, quit now.

If you're doing it to escape or to fill an emptiness inside, run as fast as you can, as far away as possible.

More often than not, fame in the real world is, at best, a momentary illusion.

Fame in the social media world is, at best, a temporary delusion.

There's a world of difference between people who are "instafamous" and those who have developed a rabid following because they've created a body of fiercely creative and authentic work that resonates deeply with true fans.

People become "instafamous" simply because others like to admire pictures of them, pictures of their "lifestyle," or watch them singing 15-second videos of other people's songs.

"Instafame" means very little in the real world unless your goal in life is to be a sponsor for clothing companies and restaurants.

Real respect and admiration will come only after you put in the countless hours of working on improving yourself, perfecting your craft and creating something worthy of respect and admiration.

Real respect and admiration will come only after you become truly great.

You have to do it for the right reasons.

If your goal is to make a real, positive difference in the world through your music, you're on the right track.

If your goal is to create something so powerful, so authentic and so resonant that you touch people's hearts and help them through this thing that we call life, that's something worth fighting for.

Chasing fame is like running into a rabbit hole.

Keep going down that hole and you'll become nothing more than a hollow shell, in so deep that you define yourself by your social media numbers and "likes" with no real substance underneath it all.

Do it for the right reasons.

Do it for the art.