You have to “give it your all” every time you perform or you won’t get to the large stages.
I had the pleasure of filming a Masterclass with Grammy winning pianist Ruslan Sirota yesterday, who has played piano/keyboards with Stanley Clarke, Seal, Josh Groban, Ne-Yo, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Brian McKnight, Eric Benét, Rachelle Ferrell, Diane Warren, Stewart Copeland, Victor Wooten, etc. When asked about the secrets to his success, he credits playing in a wedding band when living in Boston (when he was at Berklee). He said that the work he had to put into learning all the parts, getting the right sounds, understanding the styles and internalizing the large repertoire directly prepared him for his professional music career. Also, influential people had seen him play these weddings (or heard about him) and he was called for bigger gigs (Brian McKnight, etc.). When Ruslan finally moved to LA and auditioned for Seal (and got the gig), he quickly realized that all the work on the small stage had really paid off. Nothing he would have to do in LA or with major artists would be as challenging as that Boston wedding gig and those small-stage experiences had directly prepared him for his professional music career…
(Ruslan Interview with My Music Masterclass)http://mymusicmasterclass.tumblr.com/tagged/ruslan-sirota
“When I am brutally honest and genuine in creating my music, some energy gets crystallized. It is my hope that what initially inspired me then gets passed on to inspire the listener.” Ruslan Sirota
We have our biggest adventures when there is nothing that we expect. If I expect something then I am very likely to miss something else wonderful, if it doesn't fit into my expectations (which it often won't). In every moment-to-moment process it is best to allow ourselves to fully experience everything and anything, that is only possible if we come empty of expectations