Joel on the hindrances he has encountered along the way to a burgeoning solo career and a gig with one of the classic rock bands in history, and how he has dealt with them:
“Oh man, how much time do we have, hahahaha!!!
I don’t know, just probably having a confidence problem from being a kid, kind of being raised to have modest expectations, and to not expect too much from yourself. I didn’t always believe in myself, I didn’t really feel like, ‘I can do this.’
I think there is a big thing in our culture that says to be successful in the music business, you have to be in the right place at the right time, you hear that phrase growing up. There is so much emphasis placed with luck, and I mean, there can be a little of that, but you can also create the opportunities that give you that luck.
As a direct representation of that, I think I created the opportunity to get Rock Of Ages through hard work.
I think you mentioned that I had subbed for a friend of mine for pit stuff here in New York, which was a lot of hard work for a little money, quite frankly. I busted my ass, probably well below minimum wage in terms of the hours I put in to do that, but I challenged myself and ended up creating an opportunity, because the keyboard player from one of these shows became the music supervisor for Rock Of Ages. Then, he hired me for that show. There’s an example of hard work creating luck.
But then I think there is a luck factor involved that Rock Of Ages ran for over six years, so I got really lucky in terms of the show being super successful.
But, I think confidence – to answer the question about obstacles I had to overcome, and then as things began to work out, it’s sort of like being given the keys to the car. You need to learn how to drive!
Just keeping myself in check, making sure that I’m working as hard as I can, and that I’m bringing my A-game to every performance, remembering that the fans are spending their hard earned money to be there, and I’m damned lucky to be here.” (JH, metaltalk)
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