Kickstarting a Music Career

Musical artist getting ready to record a song

Getting your music career off the ground. Some basic tips for you here. Image via Free Great Picture.

Getting a music career off the ground isn’t easy. There are thousands of people out there right now fighting for their music to be heard. That said, you should never abandon your dreams. Even if you’re not about to become the next Ed Sheeran or Adele, you can still gain a fanbase and make some money from your passion simply by taking a professional stance. Here are just a few ways to find your feet as a musical artist.

Play some gigs

Playing live is still the best way to get yourself heard. Contact some local venues and use your connections to find supporting slots. Play enough gigs and you’ll start getting dedicated fans whilst making money. In order to get comfortable playing live try out busking, try playing in local bars or play to local friends and family.

Sites such as Music Industry How To have some great guides for developing stage presence. Remember that no band sells out on their first show – some of the biggest acts rose to fame through slow and steady touring.

Steal some studio time

Having a recorded song/EP/album should be your next step. There are plenty of pieces of software out there for bedroom producers wanting to take the DIY approach, but if you haven’t got the patience to learn all these production skills grabbing some studio time could be the best option.

Many recording studios may offer a free hour taster session or seasonal discounts on studio time. Make use of these promotions and get yourself a professionally recorded track or album that you can then promote.

Distribute your music

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Guest Blogging on Compassion

Hi everyone! I’m over visiting with Barbara Franken today to talk about compassion. What does it mean to me and how does it relate to blogging? All that and more is up for discussion over at Barabara’s site Me, My Magnificent Self in the guest post.

Thank you to all who read and comment on the post there. I encourage you to follow Barbara’s site too as it is quite uplifting.

Also, I am grateful for the growing readership here at When Women Inspire. And the manuscript for my third book, which will be a collection of short stories, is coming along well. Being able to write for a living is truly a dream come true. And I couldn’t do it without the support around me, which includes each of you. Hugs.

Turn Your Creativity into Success

Turn creativity into success

Yes, you CAN turn creativity into success. Image via Pixnio.

It’s one thing to be creative, but how do we turn that creativity into success?

Well, it takes a lot of hard work that’s for sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. As long as you put the time and effort into something – anything is possible.

So here’s how to do that.

Be patient

Yes, it’s so annoying to be told that, but sometimes we can’t have everything all in one go. Things take time to progress into something big. It’s important not to let that bring you down or lower your spirits – life just works that way, and once you accept that, you will be one step closer to getting where you want to be.

Learn

You can never stop learning, and the more knowledge and experience you gather together – essentially the more powerful of a person you will be. You will know what questions you have to ask in order to get the answers you want to hear, and that is a very special skill to hold.

Watch

Creative people are very good at observing what is around them, and taking it all in as something useful. They pick up on little details and store them away until they become of use to them.

So to be curious about something is a good thing. The more you want to know – the more you will be able to share.

Play

Never lose your inner child – ever. No matter what any tells you; that’s where the magic was born, and that’s exactly where it will always remain. So it’s important to be able to tap into that whenever you need to, no matter how old you are.

Daydream

It’s absolutely okay to daydream; it even helps to get your creative juices flowing, so think about what could be. – You can never dream too big.

Imagine the day you hire your own personal art consultants to fill your home up with stunning works of art, as you relax in the sun, on a golden beach, thinking about what your next big project will be. Sounds good huh’?

Create opportunities

It’s all about turning your negatives into positives. Learn from the mistake, don’t throw it out like it was garbage – that failure may just be the reason you have a chance at being successful, so never try and hide it. Instead, embrace your past, and be proud of it.

We all started out somewhere right?

Keep an open mind

Before you make a final decision on something, sit back and have a think about it first. Weigh out the options, no matter how strange or bizarre they may be. Welcome new experiences, even if they scare you. – Who knows what you may discover.

Be a risk taker

What’s life without risks?.. – If your answer is ‘a boring one,’ then you’re definitely on the right track. If you don’t take risks, how will you ever know what could have been? You may end up missing out on an awful lot. So think of the worst case scenario, and if you can deal with that – take the risk.