Biz Booster Hot Tip!

Are You Missing Great Opportunities?

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Book the Gig

Are you missing great opportunities that are staring you in the face? Do you know when there is a great opportunity being offered to quickly recognize it as such and then act on it? If you tour without a support team, everything rests on you, the show, the merchandise sales, the set up, the tech, the schmoozing, everything. With all that on your head, there may be little time or mind-space to recognize the presenter who just handed you a card and said, "let's talk next week," or "call me and let's set up a date." Sure, you may take the card, but you didn't write a note on the…

Do You Have Fun Performing?

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Marketing Your Act
Do You Have Fun Performing

Do you have fun performing? After all, if you are not enjoying every moment on stage, why are you doing this? When you enjoy yourself onstage, your audience enjoys your performance.   The more exciting your performance is, the more connected you are to your art, your music, the more fun you have presenting your art to your audience, the easier it will be to get future gigs and loyal fans.   I am always sold by a performer when I see them totally enjoying themselves as they present their performance. I go to events to be entertained as most audience members do. I always love seeing them again when…

Are Your Goals Still Appropriate for This Year

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning

Are your goals still appropriate for this year since you set those lofty goals a few years ago?   If you're like me, I review and make new goals every year and then revamp them midway through the year. Then I laugh at what might have derailed the whole plan.   If you are still working on goals, you set at an earlier stage of your life and career, are your goals still appropriate for you at your current age and stage of your career now? How often to you review those long-term goals? Are you tweaking your goals regularly to keep up with life's changes and career growth?   Are…

Here Are 3 Best Practices for the New Year

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning

Here are 3 best-practices for the New Year that you might make part of your routine this year and for years to come. The new year is off and running. Holiday travel is winding down and winter is about to kick into high gear. Are you ready? Adopt these 3 best-practices and you will have an advantage over other artists vying for the same gigs. Practice Gratitude: One sure-fire way to build great relationships in business and in life is to demonstrate your appreciation to those with whom you interact. From the business perspective, that might simply mean remembering to send Thank You notes to bookers, presenters, media folks and…

Time to Celebrate You During The Holidays

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning
Celebrate You 2020

It's time to celebrate you during the holidays.   Take a break from planning, practicing and do some partying. You’ve earned it after a full year of nose to the grindstone, conferences, phone calls, newsletters and emails.   I always take Christmas week and reflect, regroup, re-organize my office and get ready to dive into the New Year. It’s really a great time to celebrate-but not just the holidays. It’s a great time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished over the last year. We don’t do that enough. We don’t congratulate ourselves for what we’ve achieved, large or small.   As independent artists we are most likely not involved with an…

Grateful Tidings for a Great Holiday Season

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning
Grateful Tidings

I wish you grateful tidings for a great holiday season and a wonderfully fruitful New Year.   I am so incredibly grateful to be able to work with you, whether in some small way through these Biz Boosters or on a more involved ongoing basis. Your creativity inspires me to continue growing and being creative in my own right. The work I do with your success in mind, keeps me focused and grounded to my life's purpose and for that I am truly grateful.   So, during the holidays as you find yourself caught up in the frenzy, take some time to just sit with a friend or family member…

End of Year Review

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning
End Of Year Review

I want to share a powerful end of year review with you to help carry you forward into the new year.   Every year during Christmas week I set aside time to look back over the last year and see what I accomplished in my business and in my life. Then I look ahead and make some plans for the new year.   I cherish this time as I look at all the new things that I was able to make happen or challenges that I faced head on and conquered. It’s not so much the number of things that were done that makes an End of Year Review so…

Focus on Your Fans for the Holidays

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focus On Your Fans for the Holidayss

Focus on your fans for the holidays. Here are some ideas of how.   When you focus on your fans, the ones who have signed up on your mailing lists, bought your CDs, shown up at your concerts, you can always come up with new ways of creating value for them—and in turn yourself.   Think about what your fans want, their concerns especially at this time of year. Everyone’s busy with holiday happenings, parties, shopping, giving and getting gifts.   So how can you create something of value for your fans who are thinking about those things without being all sales-like?   What kind of creative ideas can you…

Great Things From Leftovers

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning
Great Things From Leftovers

This is the perfect time for making great things from leftovers. I cook so I can have leftovers. In fact, I plan my meals with the intention of creating leftovers. Holidays offer a perfect opportunity for leftovers. I think about the holiday season as the leftovers of the prime time for touring. You have about a month when booking personnel are either scrambling to finish their bookings or they are done and not taking any calls. You have returned from most of your intentional tours and are either playing holiday gigs or laying low, trying to book late year gigs for the coming winter. These are the leftover days of…

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Touring Strategies
Have A Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this week if you are celebrating in the U.S. Enjoy your friends and family. Hopefully you've got some gigs lined up for Friday or Saturday. If you don't, then use some of your down time to check the community in which you are celebrating to see what sort of performance opportunities might be possible for future visits. As a reminder, here are some ideas: Regular mainstream clubs, coffeehouses, concert halls House concerts Businesses and Organizations for private parties and fundraisers Elementary Schools, Colleges and Universities, (departments, clubs, organizations) Catering Halls, Civic Centers, Hotels, Conference Centers Ski Resorts and other Resorts Museums, Aquariums, Parks, Recreation…