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The old folk expression "don’t put all your eggs in one basket" couldn’t be wiser advice for musicians looking for success. Whatever your position is in the music industry, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor by diversifying your activities and the people you work with.
There are many different reasons for this, but the biggest is because most musical projects have varying lifespans and time commitments. These fluctuations can result in periods of imbalance. You might be relentlessly pursuing your own musical vision without playing out, though you’d like to, or vice versa. You might be playing in an original band that isn’t making that much money or finding success just yet, though you’d like to make money playing music somehow. Instead of picking one thing or the other, the best solution is to get yourself involved in multiple musical projects.
But how can you pull this all off without an imbalance of commitment or effort? It turns out it isn’t much more different than being in only one band. With some careful planning and making an effort to follow through, you can successfully be in more than one band, filling your life with the music you want to play for the reasons you want.