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How did you get your start? (& that one time I saw John Mayer get his start playing at a bookstore)

2013 July 16
by Mike Vial

“How did they get their start?”

I obsessed over that question.

I think this question started taking over my brain because of my experiences watching John Mayer’s career grow before my eyes in 2000-2001.

I discovered Mayer’s music from a sampler CD that lead to finding his self-made (Remember when that existed?) I went to see him play his first gig in Michigan at the Shelter in Detroit,with Howie Day. I even saw him play at Borders Bookstore in Ann Arbor!

Within two years, I had watched his career jump from 300 capacity clubs to the Michigan Theater to DTE Music Theater.

It was nuts. Probably inspired me too much. I kept wondering, how did he get his start? What’s the path I should follow?

Here’s the secret. You start by just starting. There is no one path. Every musician and artist started their journey by simply putting one foot in front of the other.

You find time to work on your craft, every month, every week, every day, every morning. Whatever you can. You stop asking, “How did they get their start?” and start. The rest will follow.


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