Originally posted on Music Think Tank. It took some effort to leave my default self in the cold streets of Harlem, prior to entering City College Of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall. The theater of 600 seats was temporarily converted into an intimate space for developing new perspectives, dropping the “music careers are hard” bullsh&t, […]
I’ve written a lot about how to get results in your career, starting with getting clear on your goals, your purpose, and your assets. I’ve also often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block- you just need to sit down and work. I’m going to expand on that a bit, and show you […]
I get a lot of questions about writing music for commercials, how I became a jingle writer, and how it’s possible to have a career as a songwriter and a career as a composer. Everyone that writes for ads has a different story of how they landed into the world of writing a :30 film […]
Money. At times, just the mere thought of it (managing it, finding it, and keeping it) can bring out the worst in me. As a touring musician, a singer/songwriter and a freelance composer, I have struggled with my relationship to money and all the anxiety I let it breed in my life for quite a […]
As seen in Discmaker’s Echoes Blog. Spring cleaning is not just for ridding your closet full of worn sneakers, destroying dust bunnies, and scrubbing windows. I like to take the “It’s spring, I MUST clean something” energy and put it towards something other than the grossest stuff in my apartment. This year, it was my […]
The following is an excerpt from the e-course “In The Key Of Success: The Five Week Jump-Start Strategy”. You can get the rest of the course here to jump start your career today!
The next opportunity I want to suggest to you is asking your fans to pay for your new album. From June 2010 to March 2011, I raised over $25,000 in fan donations to fund the production of my record ONE UP. It’s possible, people. But no one will give you a dime if your campaign is “I really really want to make a record- please give me money!”. What is the opportunity for the participating fans?
While the corporate world and almost everyone else are out of the office for the holidays, I often struggle with this forced “downtime”; as a full-time musician, I’m never not working. I’m either plugging my next show, looking for the next film placement, writing a song, scheduling a band rehearsal, calling booking companies, or, at […]
Bodies, Butts, Ears
I just finished my 5th set of the evening of the 5th day in a row of restaurant/lounge/casino gigs in Switzerland. I took these gigs to fill in the time between “real shows”- ie, performing at real venues with stages and people to listen and buy CDs and to connect with. This week’s shows were […]
To all the musicians out there who love music, love their life of music, and love to make a living through music, listen up! I need your help creating a database of venues around the world who appreciate and therefore pay decent guaranteed fees to musicians performing mostly original music. Every musician that participates (which means giving the name and some details about a venue you KNOW pays and treats musicians decently) will gain access to the “Gigs That Guarantee” database.