Music, like all the other creative arts, comes from a deeply personal place. In order to produce something authentic and moving for your audience, you have to reach down inside yourself and be vulnerable.
It takes a special personality type to be able to do this sort of emotional revelation for a living; if you're working in the music field as a mercenary, rather than because you love it, that's fine. But if the hardship and criticism that come with a music career cause you pain, you should reconsider whether you want it to be your livelihood in addition to being your love.
If you're considering making music your career, you should ask yourself the following three questions:
And if you come to realize at the end of your introspection that music might not be such a hospitable environment for you to work in after all, guess what?
The world needs people who love music but don't want it to be their job. The world needs patrons of the arts just as much as it needs artists. However you fit into the music scene, whether that's as a musician, stage crew member, or appreciative listener, you're welcome here.