After many years, mistakes, and a tonne of money wasted, the most important thing I have learnt is that there is a process and you need a plan! That is why I have developed the 5 Step Plan To Independent Recording Artist Success.
The 5 Step Plan is a 12 page PDF download that moves through the 5 important steps that an independent artist must follow to successfully build a career in the music industry. In this video blog, I discuss the following 5 steps.
Download the FREE PDF below to learn about them in more detail.
We need to take advantage of all of the marketing tools available to us, but a lot of artists tend to forget about one of the most important!
Developing an Email List! Email is a direct contact to your supporters that have already taken the time out to sign up to your list, meaning, they have already put their hand up and said: "yes, I like what you do".
As an artist, we need to grow our list and maintain an active relationship with the subscribers. Unlike Social Media, if you send an email, it reaches your whole list, you don't need to pay for people that are already on your list to see your emails.
If you haven't started your email list, then there is no better time to start then now! If you have started it, concentrate on growing and nurturing it. Your list can be a very valuable asset because when you are ready to release and sell a new product, they are an already engaged, interested audience.
You can choose to be impacted or impactful, but just remember, every choice we make has consequences, good or bad.
We all know that it is a difficult time in life at the moment, for the entire world, but if you choose to stop, give up, not move forward and choose the negative path or mindset, then this will have an impact on your brand.
People are looking for positives, people want to laugh, they want to have fun, be entertained, that's why we use social media. You have a unique position to be able to share any message you have to an audience through your social media platforms. Choose wisely! You will be remembered for what you share, remembered for your attitude and remembered for your actions during the COVID-19. You will be remembered by your supporters/fans, friends, family and your industry!. I cannot stress enough that you are being watched! Social media can be very dangerous if you don't use it well, it can have severe...
This is no doubt the toughest time ANYONE has faced in their lives no matter what industry I think, but now is not a time for negativity, or to be reflecting on and wishing things were different.
Now is a time for working as hard as you can to make sure you come out of this with the best possible result. I am not saying we shouldn't be harbouring these feelings or downplaying how serious COVID-19 is, we just need to continue to move forward, it's the only way!
You can't change what is happening but you can change your reaction to it. Let's discuss some tips on how to get through this ridiculously tough time and make sure we are shining when we come out the other end!.
With the current crisis, we are all facing, especially within the music industry, NOW is when you ABSOLUTELY need social media! I will be creating an episode very soon around ways we can stay pro-active and keep out heads above water in this unprecedented time.
Social Media platforms are our own dedicated space on the internet, our own little part of the world where we can build and grow a loyal community of supporters. Sure with the algorithms always changing, it can be challenging, but business as a whole is challenging and perhaps more challenging then it has ever been in the time you and I have been alive.
Make the most of the social media opportunity; it's not something we have always had available. It creates more opportunities for those who are willing to work on it. Stay consistent and produce valuable content for your supporters, they will appreciate it, and it will grow their trust and loyalty for your brand.
There are a few DO's and DON'Ts when it...
Consistency really is key! Key to what? I guess if you think about it, consistency is key to success in everything and maybe that is why it is so hard to stay consistent, no matter what your goals are.
We often wait until motivation strikes to work on our goals, then once motivation is done, we take a long break, and it's this lack of consistency that interrupts our workflow and in the long run, leads to unfulfillment in goals and our lives.
BUT! Did you know that if you practice being consistent, then it eventually becomes a habit, once something is a habit, it becomes easy!.
One of my favourite books is called "The Power Of Habit" it changed my perspective on consistency, motivation and procrastination.
There are a few ways to ensure that you are successful in creating consistency within your music business.
Let's talk about them!
We live in the world of instant gratification where we can have just about anything we want .... now! but can we really have a successful, sustainable career overnight?
If you want a long and prosperous career as an artist then it is important to grow and develop your career over time. Wanting everything right now, to feel instantly gratified will lead you to lose sight of the overall goal, which is to have a successful career for as long as possible.
Instant gratification makes us feel good, at the time, it's a bit like shovelling down a bunch of fast and fatty feel-good food, it's great in the moment but isn't great for us in the long run. We don't want our career to be the fast, feel-good now food, we want to maintain healthy growth.
I have included 3 tips to help you grow organically... let's find out what they are!
As a creative person myself, I know all too well that most creative people want to focus on creating, they don't want to know about budgets, marketing, sales figures, tax and all of the business responsibilities.
If you're marketing your music and you plan on making a profit from it, then you are running a business! You must treat your career as a business because if you don't, you won't succeed.
Work on changing your mindset, you aren't just an artist, you have a career,
you run a business. Make time for yourself to work on and grow your business, create a schedule and dedicate time to completing tasks that will enhance the growth of your business.
I talk about all of this and more in the video, let's break down why we call it a business and why it is imperative to the success of your career that we start to grow and function as a business!
Let's discuss the side of being an artist nobody wants to talk about!