Being in a pop group isn't as good as it seems
I spent the early part of my 20s as a member of a pop group. It wasn't as glamorous as i thought it would be and what possessed me to be so stupid as i was to join a group i now put down to my youth. Being a kid, i made some terrible decisions, decisions i'll regret for as long as l live. If i could live my life again i would. I'd probably make some other error of judgement. Of that you can be sure. Collecting stamps would have been better than what i did do. We all make mistakes. I just didn't realise that i was making any. Let's just say i've made better choices than to be a musician.
Let me tell you, first of all, that it's an expensive hobby to have. What are the chances you'll get anything back? Well, once you've played a few gigs, things start to wind down and you're not as popular as you liked to think you were. It doesn't seem that long ago, but the reality is that it was. It was a time you thought would last forever. It never did though. It was hours and hours of practise that came to nothing. I'm not sure what advice i'd give to any youngsters today. Maybe they could give me some.
The best artists have played in front of an audience for years. They've built up a huge following and even though they're not the best musicians you've ever heard, they don't need to be. They have what's known as the 'x' factor. Elvis, The Beatles and The Bay City Rollers had it. So did a lot of others (i haven't got all day though). The Beatles played The Shea Stadium, we played a village hall in Stoke Golding. There WERE advantages to being in a band. (I won't bore you with what, ok i will) Playing in front of a live corowd was something special. Expensive, but special.
So, just to conclude, music is a very expensive hobby. Not everyone is going to succeed at it. You might have a fine repartee in humour and the personality to go with it, but that means nothing these days. The equipment you bought all those years ago is probably gathering dust right now in some second-hand shop as you wonder why you weren't snapped up years go. They were good days (weren't they?) Sorry, but you were awful and shouldn't have bothered.