Essential aspects of a career in music: Focus and Commitment

  Until they become the same, keep a balance of work for livelihood and work for your dream. 

Maybe in the beginning its 90% livelihood work and 10% passion work.  In music usually one can start closer to 80/20 because it’s already a luxury if music pays for your livelihood at all.    You can gradually shift that percentage towards 50/50 and then, hopefully, beyond that. 

You are competing(for lack of a better word) against people who are able to put 100% of their time into their music so your 20% must be focused and consistent.  Short consistent practice beats occasional marathon sessions.  The 80% of your work may eat up a lot of your energy but if the 20% is taken (at least) as seriously as the 80% then you will see results and progress.