Dreading Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) morning? Or waking up to a pile of work, a deadline, or just a good dose of self-doubt?
As a freelancer crafting my own creative career, I teeter between being extremely excited for my next batch of work and wondering why I thought it was a good idea to start my own company. It’s a fine line and I’m often looking for security, inspiration and a kick in the butt. The first two are kind of illusions based on feelings, but the latter can come in many forms, from a check-in call with my accountability buddy, to a list like this one- a series of quotes on success and motivation, curated just for you on those mornings of dread (or the night before). Continue reading
Recording a record is a big deal. It takes tons of time, a bunch of money, meticulous coordination, not to mention the artistic energy to create the songs and arrange them with your band and/or producer. So it’s easy to forget some things once you’re in the thick of it and laying down your songs. Here are four things you definitely want to do before you leave the recording studio that will set you up for the future.
1) Make sure you’ve been recording all the bloopers- the “making of” videos make for great webisodes, or vlogs, to give to your fans. If you were running a fan-funding campaign on Kickstarter or Pledge music, these videos make great content for exclusive prizes. Include shots of the studio, the engineers (with their permission), some fun closeups of the band playing their instruments, and any band banter that your fans won’t be able to see elsewhere! Continue reading
Published on Discmaker’s Echoes blog.
Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill.
I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while… but I’ve been traveling.
I am all too familiar with picking up and being on the move, non-stop, for one to seven weeks at a time. There are certain things I’ve learned over the years, and not just from being a touring musician. I do a good bit of touring as a performer, but I have always been a restless soul and was in a long-term, long-distance relationship that spanned from New York City to New Hampshire, Alaska, and Wyoming. That was the same relationship, by the way, and yes, I married the bloke – and we’re still on the road a lot. Continue reading
Is Your First Voice Lesson Is Coming Up?
Here Is What To Expect And How To Prepare
So you’ve decided to take voice lessons and you’re anxious about your first lesson and wondering what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s the good news… this isn’t an audition! Take a deep breath (because you’ll be doing a lot of that in your singing lessons, so why not start now), and read these 7 tips to prepare for your first voice lesson. Continue reading
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 a few of my favorite tasking tools that are sure to support you in getting things done… and getting the results you want that will push your career farther. Try one or try them all and let me know how it goes! Continue reading
As published on Discmakers Echoes Blog.
Getting nervous before a show is something most performers go through. These six simple ideas can help you overcome your performance jitters.
We all know practice makes perfect, but sometimes perfect isn’t enough to calm performance jitters, cool sweaty palms, and relax the nerves. So whether you’re heading out to perform for some big festival crowds, going solo for the first time, or just want to get a grip on your performance, here are a few tips to take on – before you step on stage. Continue reading
Published in Discmaker’s Echoes Blog.
“Outside the box” is a term that can be both very helpful and frustrating for so many musicians, myself included. I am constantly looking for “what else” when working at my career trying to sell more albums, gain new fans and be authentic, while at the same time being original and creative.
I’ve come up with so many border-line crazy ideas… like doing an intimate show in a hot air balloon and auditioning for indie movies just to offer my film scoring skills to the director (true story). Many (nearly all) of these ideas did NOT make it off the ground (the hot air balloon included… literally) and I had to stop looking at those as failures; they’re just part of my box. Continue reading
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Everyone has a relationship to music, whether they consider themselves music fans, musical prodigies, or tone deaf. You may remember a childhood lullaby, learning the piano, your wedding song, or the Folger’s jingle, or you may ride the subway every day, religiously listening to your iPod. You may use it to drown out noise at work or at home. This, actually, is how music first made its way into film: to drown out the horrible noise movie projectors made.
Ubiquitous in our lives, yet somehow a common afterthought in video productions, music is a key player in enriching a film, episode or ad. When I spoke about music as a branding tool at SXSW a few years ago, I was told by dozens of filmmakers that they saved music for the last minute, they didn’t budget for it (or didn’t know what to budget for it), or they just plain didn’t think they needed it. Um, have you ever watched a horror film without the score? Not so scary. A family drama with out the music? Not so dramatic. A sitcom without a theme song, a commercial without a jingle? You get my drift. Continue reading
‘Tis the season for summer internships. This article is for anyone who is interested in hosting an intern (and that should be every working musician out there!) or anyone interested in being an intern, and how to make the most out of both experiences.
“Internship” means to work, often without pay, at a trade or occupation in exchange for experience. The verb “intern” means to confine (someone), as a prisoner. This cracks me up since I’ve heard horror stories of internships where all they did was sweep floors, sit in a corner, or answer phones. Continue reading
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 score. Here’s mine. Continue reading