ARE THERE SOMETHING MORE THAN COMPETITIONS?
ARE THERE SOMETHING MORE THAN COMPETITIONS?
Is it necessary to take part in competitions to make a career and be successful? This question is a concern of many young musicians. I can say from my own experience that winning a competition can be really helpful if used wisely. But how exactly?

A victory is valuable because it opens up a door to the world of festival and concert organizers. This door only stays open for a certain time period: till the next competition happens and the next winner comes along. It's important to acknowledge that a competition is not a panacea. If you rest on your laurels and just play the required shows the door will shut and you'll end up with nothing.
If you rest on your laurels and just play the required shows the door will shut and you'll end up with nothing.
So what should you do?

Networking!

It's essential to make friendly and business connections with those organizers and, most importantly, to maintain them. Communication skills are now very useful in helping you get what you want.

On the other hand, there are examples of artists who found a niche for themselves and are happy without competition prizes. They came up with alternative ways to be sought-after – YouTube channels, projects, self organized concerts.

However, both perspectives have some common elements that determine the success or failure. Any ideas what these are?
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