Several years went by and the artist finally got a record deal. His first record sold almost 18 million records. My publisher went on to have more than 10 #1 songs with the artist. And he was on over 100 million records with the artist. Imagine the cost if my publisher had been looking up instead of around.
The same thing happened to me. Not quite to the same degree, but still a life changing experience. A friend of mine hooked me up with a young artist who was a busker for a few years and had no experience in professional music industry. I had never heard of him, but my friend told me that he had a “cool” voice. I took a chance and wrote with him a couple of times. We didn’t write anything great, but we became friends and I signed him to our label, Flipside. We eventually had both of our first #1’s together. And another #1 after that. Those cuts saved my writing deal twice and changed the whole course of my career.
Since then, I have had several opportunities to write with new artists that I passed on because I didn’t think they were all that good. A couple of them went on to be huge. Costly mistakes.
All of that to say, don’t overlook other writers and artists at your level. They are much easier to get co-writes with now. And they will remember if you wrote with them when no one would. You could overlook your career making opportunity if your nose is in the air. Bring it down. And look around.