Goals & Planning

Just Breathe

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Just Breathe

Are you giving yourself time to just breathe? Do you ever look at a website or newspaper or magazine page and get overwhelmed by all the copy and graphics? In the design world this is sometimes known as not leaving enough white space. You need some white space to pull the design together. Sometimes I feel like we create our lives in a similar way, crowding every moment with something so that there is no room to just breathe. We don’t leave any white space. It is in this kind of environment that we begin to feel overwhelmed. In that white space, there are opportunities staring you in the face.…

Being In A State Of Flow

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Being In A State Of Flow

What exactly is, "being in a state of flow?" Flow, in the zone, on the path, in the right place at the right time, coincidence, serendipity—whatever you may call it, is something to pay attention to. But do you? I have experienced, being in a state of flow, a few times in my life. When I had just decided to write my book, but hadn’t yet, it seemed the universe agreed with my decision. Information I needed, arrived unsolicited in the mail or was handed to me by friends, unasked. Sometimes, you need to be alert enough to recognize the gifts being handed to you. Then, be grateful to stay…

Get Great Gigs Podcast

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I could use your expertise. As a Biz Booster Hot Tip follower, you may have some favorite topics that have been particularly helpful. You may also have some concerns that have not been addressed. I’d like to turn your topic ideas and desires to learn more, into an episode of my forthcoming Get Great Gigs Podcast There you have it, I’ve just announced that I’m creating a new Podcast. We are in the early planning stages. The idea is to take some of the favorite topics from 11 years of past Biz Booster Hot Tips and dive more deeply into each one. The weekly podcast will become mini-master classes on…

Strategic Communications To Increase Bookings

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Strategic Communications To Increase Bookings

Plan for strategic communications to increase bookings whether you work with an agent or not. You may find yourself working with an agent at some point or perhaps you work with one now. Your agent might book certain types of gigs like clubs, performing arts centers, festivals or corporate gigs or even weddings. They may be working with you on a non-exclusive basis, meaning they are not the only ones who may book your gigs. You may still be booking other types of gigs for yourself. Perhaps you even have someone in your office working for you as your in-house agent booking your gigs or at least making the initial…

Plan Your Touring Season

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Do you plan your touring season to include specific programs each year? Theater folks are used to planning their touring seasons. They decide what plays or musicals they will present throughout the upcoming season, rehearse those shows and promote them to prospective buyers. Many musicians I work with have created a variety of programs that they might offer and tend to promote all of them to their prospective buyers. Each buyer is left to make a choice from a potentially large menu of offerings. This can increase promoter's sense of overwhelm and delays in their decision-making. So why not make each touring season something to look forward to by creating…

How To Manage Distractions

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How to Manage Distractions

How to manage distractions involves a series of 4 steps. Last week I asked you to make a list of the various distractions that keep you from focusing on your goals and current projects. Refer to this list often so you can become more keenly aware of the type of distraction that you are attracted to because it is familiar and comfortable to you. We are all attracted to things, projects, people that feel familiar to us whether or not they are right or good for us at the time. For example you might run into an artist friend who suggests a recording project that really sounds exciting to you.…

Managing Distractions

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How well do you identify and manage distractions in your life and in your business? I think we need to start with the first part and identify those distractions. Often we look at new things being offered up to us as great opportunities and sometimes they really are. Sometimes however they may simply be a distraction that takes us away from our main goals. Do you know when something is distracting you from your main goal? Perhaps the question needs to be, do you have a clear focus on your main goals? As this year is just getting started, it might be a perfect time to check your focus, get…

Make A Difference

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Does your art make a difference in other people's lives? A few years ago I met a couple walking their large husky puppy. He was wearing his brand new halter, walking calmly, not pulling his person, not straining against his collar. He was instant-good-dog and his people were effusive as they thanked me for the info on the halter I recommended. They said their lives are forever changed as was their dog's. I was thrilled to know that I had unintentionally made a difference in their lives. It felt great to know that both the dog and his people would be enjoying much more satisfying walks for the rest of…

Do You Have Success Habits

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Do you have success habits to move you from one level of your career to the next? As Christmas week rapidly approaches, I start thinking of my Christmas week routines. Every year I go into this automatic mode of review, prepare and plan. I like to take inventory of what happened the previous year, what I accomplished, what worked and what did not, what distractions got me off my plan and what I was able to salvage from those distractions. Then, I clear my files from last year to prepare for the new year and once that's done, I begin to plan out next year. I've been doing this for…

Take Your Career To The Next Level

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    Every artist I speak with refers to the phrase, "I want to take my career to the next level." Some are at the dawn of their careers and others smack dab in the middle and still others have been slugging away at it for years. And yet, each are searching for the next level. Well I'm all for striving for success. And in order to "take it to the next level," I believe you have to understand where you are right now and what it actually means to go to the next level. Most artists want to go from playing for six people at an open mic to…