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5 THINGS POLLY WISHES SOMEONE TOLD HER BEFORE PURSUING A MUSIC CAREER

We're Not Really Strangers is out now!

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Melbourne's electro/indie pop artist POLLY has dropped her new single, We're Not Really Strangers. To celebrate, the singer has shared with MILKY five things she wishes someone had told her before pursuing a career in music.


Speaking of the track, Polly shares: "I wrote this song to process that weird feeling when you reconnect with someone from the past that you once knew inside out, and then time passes by, and all of a sudden they're a stranger again - but like, not really? And you both are awkward and not sure how to navigate the strangers but not really territory."


THINGS TAKE TIME

As someone who struggles with being patient, I learnt this very quickly. Every process and task - no matter how big or small, or how insignificant you may think it is, takes time. Probably double what you expect it to, so allow for this and plan your time lines realistically and accordingly. 



YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING

Hyper independence is not the vibe in this industry. Allow your people to help you! Friends, family, colleagues, whoever - if you’re feeling overwhelmed (a pre requisite for being an independent artist) it’s okay to ask for some help. Work towards outsourcing tasks that are outside of your scope to professionals if its accessible to you and slowly build up a team that is invested in your artist project. 



NOT EVERYONE’S GOING TO LIKE YOUR MUSIC 

Being a chronic people pleaser this was a hard one for me to swallow, but like any art, music is subjective and it is simply impossible for your song to appeal to all 8.1 billion humans on planet Earth. Focus on releasing music that you are proud of and enjoy creating, and you’ll find an audience that connects with you and your art. 



SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF 

It’s important to remember that your artist project is a business. Like any business, there’s going to be times you have to have uncomfortable conversations. Don’t like the direction a producers taking your song? It’s okay to let them know. Don’t like the edit on your press shots? Let your photographer know! People aren’t mind readers and chances are they want you to be happy with the end result. 



FOCUS ON LITTLE WINS 

You’re going to have really low days where you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. That’s normal and we all have them. Endurance is going to be one of your best assets when navigating this industry. Think baby steps and the whole “Rome wasn’t built in a day” mind set. Practice bringing your focus back to your small wins and try not to compare yourself to others.



We're Not Really Strangers is out now!


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