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How To Use Mindset To Succeed In Your Career - Music & Mindset (part 4 of 4)

mindset music & mindset Oct 20, 2021

Alright! The big one! Welcome to the final part of the 4-part series Music & Mindset. I hope you've enjoyed the series so far. I also hope that you will take the time to read, process, consider and then action these changes in your life, because without it... I would go as far as to say .. it's impossible to be successful. 

How to use mindset to succeed in your career:
Have you ever taken a minute to notice the eerily similar things successful people have to say? I'm talking about the uber-successful people like The Rock, Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Mariah Carey, the list goes on. Their stories all sound the same; whether they knew the secret of mindset or not, they all had geared their mindset for success. 

I remember watching Oprah, and she was talking to Michael Buble, who said he would keep his bible under his pillow and every single night as he went to sleep, would think of his life as a famous singer. He talked about how his...

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3 Tips To Help Your Gear Your Mindset For Success - Music & Mindset (part 3 of 4)

Welcome to part 3 of the Music & Mindset series! Man! I love talking about this stuff, and I could do it all day long ... it's the only thing I have ever shared the same level of passion for as I do my music. I think that's because I credit changing my mindset and learning how to plan my life to the beautiful life I am finally living. 

In this part of the series, I want to give you 3 of my best tips to help you gear your mindset for success. Now again ... don't discredit these because they sound silly, or you can't be bothered or because you think it won't work, if you're reading this, then whatever you are doing already is probably not working anyway... so I say.. what have you got to lose?

Alright .. here are my 3 best tips to help you gear your mindset for success! 

1. Decide what you want!
- It's as simple as that, but you would be completely blown away at how many people actually don't take the time even to figure out precisely what it is that...

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How Mindset Can Change Your life - Music & Mindset (part 2 of 4)

Welcome to part 2 of the Music & Mindset series!

In this part of the series, I want to delve into how mindset can change your life. 

Now you may have hit rock bottom, and you just can't take any more of not moving forward, not seeing success, or maybe you just want to do better than you are already, whatever your goal, the only way you can make it happen is to change your mindset.

Your brain is on a loop:
- Most of us make one big mistake in our lives, and the majority of us don't even know it! We jump out of the driver's seat and put our brains on autopilot... this is why so many people have failing relationships. They take the same patterns and behaviours from one relationship to the next, and it's also why many big lottery winners end up more broke than they were before winning because they have patterns and behaviours on a loop. Most of the time, we don't even notice that we are doing the same things over and over, repeating the same mistakes until it's too late. 

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What Is Mindset - Music & Mindset (part 1 of 4)

music music & mindset Sep 29, 2021

Welcome to part 1 of the 4-part series "Music & Mindset". I recently finished a 4-part series called "Music & Money", which I had some fantastic feedback for, so I have decided to do another series! This series focuses on the topic that I really believe will determine the outcome of your career and life and the overall level of success you can achieve. 

 This information is the closest thing I can give you to an overnight success pill!

What Is Mindset?
Your mindset is a series of beliefs or self-perceptions that you hold about yourself. These beliefs and perceptions are what determine your behaviour, attitude and overall outlook. For example, you may believe that only lucky people do well in life, or the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, or, no matter how hard you work, you are just destined to be broke.

Over the past nine years, I have read countless books and have worked on changing my mindset. I hit rock bottom about nine years ago, lost...

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Music & Money (part 4 of 4) - How To Create A Personal Monthly Budget

 

Welcome to the 4th and final part of the Music & Money series "How To Create A Personal Monthly Budget As A Musician."

*This information is based on my own personal experiences and research and is in no way professional advice. Before you make any kind of decision, financial or otherwise, you should get advice from a licensed professional.

Creating a personal budget for income that fluctuates can be difficult, but it's not impossible. After months of research, learning and reading, I created my own budget, and it has been working effectively for me for the past 4 years. I mainly use the strategies of the Barefoot Investor and Total Money Makeover books. 

There will be a lot of information in this one to break this down into sections for you. Let's start with the 4 personal bank accounts you should have. 

4 personal bank accounts you should have: 

1. Daily Expenses Account = 100% of take-home pay: This account will be...

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Music & Money (part 3 of 4) - The 3 Business Bank Accounts You Should Have

Welcome to part 3 of the "Music & Money" series. This one is all about the 3 business bank accounts you should have! 

*This information is based on my own personal experiences and research and is in no way professional advice. Before you make any kind of decision, financial or otherwise, you should get advice from a licensed professional.

After I researched the world of finance and how to effectively budget within your home and business, there was one common theme: the kinds of bank accounts you should have.

I could spend hours breaking down all of this information, but we don't have that kind of time here, so I will give you the main points that will help you start your journey to financial organisation. When I organised my bank accounts, my bills, business and spending, my whole life changed! I no longer have credit cards, loans or debts of any kind. All it takes is organisation, repetition and understanding. 

To get you started, below are the 3 bank accounts you...

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Music & Money (part 2 of 4) - What Business Records To Keep & How

Welcome to part 2 of the "Music & Money" series - "How To Organise Your Record Keeping".

*This information is based on my own personal experiences and research and is in no way professional advice. Before you make any kind of decision, financial or otherwise, you should get advice from a licensed professional.

Record keeping is an essential part of running a smooth and tax-effective business. The way you keep your records will affect your overall income. 

Firstly, what is record keeping? Although when you are running a business, you are legally required to keep certain information, it is also important to understand what income is coming and going out of your business to understand your business's overall health and financial position. 

There are many different ways that you can keep your records organised. You can keep them manually or use accounting software programs like QuickBooks, Xero, or MYOB. You can use invoicing apps or record-keeping apps such as...

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Music & Money (part 1 of 4) - 3 Benefits Of Running Your Music Career As A Business

money music business Sep 01, 2021

Welcome to part 1 of this part of this 4 part  YouTube Series "Music & Money."

*This information is based on my own personal experiences and research and is in no way professional advice. Before you make any kind of decision, financial or otherwise, you should get advice from a licensed professional.

In this 4 part music & money free YouTube series, I will cover the following:

Part 1: 3 Benefits Of Running Your Music Career As A Business (including how to maximise your profit at tax time)
Part 2: What Business Records To Keep & How
Part 3: The 3 Business Bank Accounts You Should Have 
Part 4: How To Create A Monthly Budget As A Musician

As I mentioned, the information that I will give you throughout this 4 part YouTube series, "Music & Money," is based on my own experience with my own business. I have spent a lot of time reading about and researching finance. If you would like to learn more, then the best 3 that I can...

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Save Thousands On Your Next Recording

recording Aug 25, 2021

I've had many indie artists tell me that they can't really get started or, once they start, they can't continue to build their music career because they can't afford to make music. I get it.. I've spent tens of thousands of dollars recording music, and I would always have to wait to save my money for the next project. It's a bit soul sucking!

But, over the years, I have learnt a few things that have made it possible to record on a much, much smaller budget than I had ever used in the past. 

I want to share 2 of the biggest ways to save hundreds and even thousands of dollars when you record your music. 

1. Find studios that will record the whole band at one time 
This one saved me a TON of money! Because of the way the internet has evolved the music industry, we can now connect with some of the best musicians in the world. I recently sent a bunch of songs off to Nashville along with just a demo of me and my guitar on my iPhone and had some of the world's...

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Can You Market Music With No Money?

Last week I talked about what music marketing (promotion) was and why it is a crucial part of your music career; you can check out that post HEREThe other side of this coin and a question I am often asked is, "can you market music on a budget?" 

The answer is yes, you can. It takes what I call the 3 C's! Creativity, Commitment and Consistency! Let's have a look at those!

1. Creativity 
Why creativity? How does that have anything to do with marketing? Let me ask you this.. do you have a favourite ad? Or favourite movie trailer? Is there a theme song for your favourite tv show that you can't get out of your head? If so.. then chances are, you were drawn to the marketing because it was creative.. it sucked you in, and you remembered it! That's why creativity is important. As I mentioned last week, there are so many artists releasing music and marketing it to the world that it all becomes one big noise, and your audience gets tired, unsure of where to...

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