Too many people believe that
success is like winning the lottery. They think a magic moment
comes when you hit it big, and are on Easy Street for the rest of
But that couldn't be further from
The “sweet” smell of success often
smells more like blood, sweat and tears - and sometimes cow
A perfect example is that of an
aspiring 19-year-old songwriter who moved to Nashville from
Massachusetts. In 2013, she met with Kevin Kadish in his
But it wasn't on Nashville's
legendary Music Row. It was in the garage behind his house on a
farm. Instead of being surrounded by buildings with names like
Sony, Warner Brothers, and Capital Records, they were surrounded
The place stunk - literally.
She and Kevin hit it off because
they both love the doo-wop music that was popular in the 50's and
60's. He keeps a list of possible song titles, and she began
singing one. He threw out more lyrics, added a beat, and the
song came together.
They recorded a demo and sent it
to a publisher, but the publisher didn't know who would record
the final cut. After all, it was unusual and some even called it
Eventually they got it into the
hands of an executive at Epic Records, who used her recording
just as it was. That writer was Meghan Trainor, and the song was
"All About that Bass". It was a world-wide smash that hit #1 in
58 countries in 2014.
You might think that she'd be on Easy
Street by now, but she reports that she's broke. Not because she blew all
her money, but because she won't see her first check until April 2015.
While she'll be spending more time
on red carpets and less in cow fields, she'll have to work as
hard to stay at the top as she did to get there.
Just as we all do.
To Your Success ,
P.S. Authors are in a similar scenario. I receive royalty
checks from my publisher in New York City every April and
October. While I don't rely on them to live, I'd hate to wait
six months between paydays if I did.
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