Earlier today, I was watching one of my favorite Youtubers in Japan. When I first started watching him several years ago, he had some interesting content but otherwise looked like the usual vlogger. After watching one of his more recent videos, I was thrilled to see how much the quality of his videos has improved. They look increasingly polished with more clearly structured episodes. This made me think that no matter what we do--whether within or without music, as a blogger, a Youtuber, or whatever--we all must go through the entry level phase. I’m reminded of games like World of Warcraft--where the first 90 levels are actually training for the end-game content. It’s only by iteratively working on things over time can we improve a particular skill. Our recitals will get better. Our blogs will improve. Our audio editing will become professional. It takes time, though, and the good news is that it’s hard to truly be behind. Maybe we’re not where we want to be, but we can improve every single day. After completing those agonizingly long and oftentimes tedious first 90 levels, we’re ready for the real game to begin.