---- — Start with talent and be willing to work very, very hard.
Build your career from the ground up. Build your local fan base and use it to "grow" a regional or national audience.
Identify goals to accomplish each day.
Make sure you have achievable goals, not delusional goals
Stay healthy and stay fit. You'll need to work long hours and still be able walk on stage and get your audience excited about your music.
Don't try to build any career in music without having a passion for that career, as well as a passion for your music.