OBSCURITY: The Advantages of Being Unknown!

It’s a common complaint. And, I bet you’ve been guilty of falling victim to it too.

“Nobody is paying attention to me and my project!”

“I need a manager or an agent to save me from this obscurity!”

“If only I could get a lucky break and suddenly burst onto the local/national/international scene, then my problems would be solved!”

Sound familiar?

Here’s my take on it …

Are you currently operating with few fans and followers, no media coverage, and few high-profile events?

If so, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to celebrate and have some fun!


That’s right. If you are early in your career, or in the early stages of developing a startup or new creative project, you are in a unique position that more established artists wish they had.

Think about it!

When you are an established entrepreneur with investors, a manager, agent, publisher, employees, crew, the whole nine … you are under a lot of pressure to produce.

People are depending on you!

Your next launch, album, book, or tour needs to be successful. You have mouths to feed. You can’t afford to screw up!

Once you’re successful, if you experiment with a new promotional idea and it flops, the repercussions are magnified, since you have a lot more eyes watching your every move.

But …

As an independent creator who barely shows a blip on the marketplace radar, you are free to play and experiment. You can take chances and try things.

If your new promotion, song, or workshop theme falls short, there aren’t many people who will see it. The negative consequences will be minimal.

  • Working in obscurity gives you time to woodshed and hone your skills.
  • It allows you to play and find your voice and style.
  • This smaller stage gives you the green light to experiment and happily stumble upon an unexpected win.

So, don’t curse your present state of obscurity. Embrace it!

Enjoy the stress-free atmosphere in which you currently swim.

Having this attitude at this stage of your career just might allow you to loosen up and organically discover the thing that WILL bring you greater attention, fans, and customers … along with more responsibility.

Bottom line: Wherever you are in your career development, be thankful and make the most of the current position you are in.

I’d love your thoughts on this!

Where are you on the path? What do you curse and what are you grateful for? How could you make the most of what is and where you are now?

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This is Day 22 of my 30-Day Blog Writing Challenge.

Bob Baker helps musicians, authors, artists, and creative entrepreneurs use their talents and know-how to make a living and make a difference in the world!

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My mission in life is to inspire & empower people through audio affirmations, guided meditations, books, podcasts, music, art, coaching, and improv comedy.

My mission in life is to inspire & empower people through audio affirmations, guided meditations, books, podcasts, music, art, coaching, and improv comedy.