"The fear of achieving one's career aspirations can be as debilitating as the fear of never reaching them at all.  Commonly, when an enviable yet unfamiliar opportunity presents itself, an emerging artist will be self-sabotaged by a paralyzing wave of anxiety.  Artists that ultimately develop sustainable careers don't necessarily eliminate their fears - they simply learn how to push through them.  Look at any chart-topping artist and you can safely assume that they became a successful working musician in part because they have already arrived on the other side of fear."