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Singers are Driven and Courageous

A musical moment can be worth a thousand lifetimes –says David Ackert

Singers and musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth.

They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.

Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again.

Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream.

With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.

With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg.


Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul.

Singers and musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart.

In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be.
And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.

-David Ackert

David Ackert is an American entrepreneur and business development expert. He is the founder of The Ackert Advisory, which provides business development coaching and training. He has served as coach and advisor to over 200 CEOs, service firm partners, and VPs hailing from a wide range of international firms and companies. He grew up in a musical family (both his parents are professional classical musicians), he is a published fiction author, and he spent many years as a professional actor. He appeared in shows such as “CSI:Miami”, “NYPD Blue”, “Six Feet Under” and “The West Wing.” He sends his regards to VoiceCouncil readers, wishing them luck in their creative endeavors.

  • poppa madison

    Such well-deserved praise, and about time too!

    However I never actually plucked up the courage to forfeit all else to the life of a roving minstrel without having a full-time job as I had a family to feed.Instead I kept up my interest and involvement as a “primary hobby”.

    Nevertheless, I have experienced those wonderful moments Dave speaks of, when you compose, sing and play something that brings a moment of joy to others.

    That above all else I believe is what drives us to be creative. It is in the hope that we can not only enjoy our output ourselves but can also share the emotion we feel and the whole experience of what we do, with others.

    Those “Others” being folk who either cannot or do not want to do what we do a musicians or instead prefer to remain part of the audience of it all.

    Both are needed in the formula for it to work, for if there were no listeners there would be no point in being a creative musician.

    There is no certainty of eternal security in any career undertaken even when one achieves well at it. But I think my advice would simply be to do what you love to do in a way that enables you to eat, live, love, laugh and play without depriving yourself in any way of life’s most essential comforts.

    Viva Music and the best to all !


  • Oh this was simply so beautiful!! Thank you so much for writing and posting it!!

  • Lauren Green

    Wow this was straight to the point. I loved it!