While hard work, focus, and perseverance are definitely necessary qualities on the path to a successful life in music — whatever that means to you — equally, self-care, compassion, and rest are vital ingredients to a sustainable life and career.
We cannot imagine another profession that has the potential to move, thrill, challenge, stimulate and fulfil more than the act of playing music and the endless pleasure of exploring the scores of the great composers
Hard work and reliability. They’ve stood me in very good stead always. Also try to be a friendly and pleasant colleague, but don’t be afraid to stand up for things you think to be essential. Nicely. Don’t EVER be a diva.