An introverted musician would like some advice on how to do the necessary mingling and networking that fans and others expect:
I’m a musician, among many things. Since I was a teenager, I constantly felt compelled to be extremely sociable so that people would like me and approve of me (I was bullied otherwise, and certain family members were constantly trying to make me be more sociable). As a musician, I run into this problem especially after performing. People expect you to want to talk to them, and they are offended if you don’t. Musicians are advised to network. This just doesn’t work for introverts! As a result, I’ve been regarded as either a) not serious about being a musician and wishy-washy or b) snobbish or antisocial.
Have any other introvert musicians experienced this? And how do you cope?
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