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Don't Do These As The Parent Of An Artist

music career parents Dec 06, 2020

It takes me a lot to talk about my childhood, but I'm writing this blog because I had an overbearing parent that wanted to manage my career and he really thought he was doing a stand-up job when really, all he did was hurt my career and hurt me. When I turned 17 I left home, and I had a 2 year break, which at that point I didn't think that I would return to music. I was burnt out from the consistent push, the consistent feeling of having to satisfy my father and the overwhelming amount of work I was doing as a child. Don't get me wrong; those lessons have taught me so much, mainly how not to parent lol! But I never got to be a kid. 

When I eventually decided for myself that music was what I wanted to do, I went out into the industry that I was already quite well known in and started again. The one thing that I heard the most was "thank god you go rid of your father", or "I have wanted to work with you for a long time, but we couldn't work with your father". As parents...

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If You Don't Network Then You're Wasting Your Time

 

Networking, for me, feels like death! I am what I like to call an introverted extrovert, I can be an extravert when I need to be, but in general, I like to keep to my own very small group of people. 

In the music industry networking is a crucial key to your success. You know the saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know?" well, the thing is, that is kinda true. Let me give you an example. There is an after awards party happening and I decided to head home early, but my other artist friend chooses to stay and mingle with everyone, this particular night the head of a well respected radion station happens to be there, my friend spends 10 minutes with this person, he gives he a card and says let me hear your music. That is an opportunity I missed out on, I didn't do the networking, and now she has a relationship with them, and I don't. 

Here are three reasons why you must network in this industry:

1. People are more willing to do more. People will go the extra...

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Music Videos Are Expensive .. Do I Really Need One?

I want to say with certainty that you don't need a film clip.. but I just can't say that. After seeing the growth in my own music career and I don't just mean with fans, but I am talking about growth in all aspects of my business, I have come to realise that the nine film clips that I have done have played a massive role in my career and income stream. 

Here are 3 strong reasons for having a film clip! 

1. It's a great marketing tool. Most of us are visual, and although we love to listen to music, nothing sells music more than being able to watch a story along with it. When you are applying to play at a festival, or a particular gig or you are trying to sell yourself to someone, a film clip is one of the strongest marketing tools you can have. A venue, festival or potential client is going to want to know not only what you sound like but how you present, and if you have a killer film clip, this will go a long way to sealing the deal. 

2. It helps build your...

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Stop Saying You're Too Old!

I had this one student, she was 24, and she looked me dead in the eyes and said "I am so scared that I have left it too long! I think I'm too old", mind you at the time I was 31, so I was utterly horrified. If you think you're too old at 24, then I must be over the damn hill! If you stopped worrying about your age and applied that energy to your career, then you might get there a hell of a lot faster!

It is a question that I do get asked repeatedly. So many people are scared that they have missed the boat, missed their chance at success, I tell them all the same thing, you haven't! 

Here are 3 reasons why you are not too old for a career in music:

1. Define your idea of success. Firstly, you need to define your idea of success. What do you need to achieve within your career to make you feel like you are successful? Without knowing this, or spending some time figuring this out, then it's challenging to know when you have succeeded. So get clear about your definition...

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Oh Sh#t I Have Writer's Block!

If I know that I have to write x amount of songs for a new project, you can just about guarantee I will have songwriter's block, without a doubt I will sit at a writing session in silence and hope that it will come to me soon, before my co-writer works out that I'm a fraud. Even though I have won 2 Australian Songwriting Awards, I still question myself and I still get the block. We all get it at some point, but it's what we do about it that determines if we will be able to write a song. Here are some tips and techniques I have used to cure songwriters block and write a great song.

1. Be prepared. Many times I have gone into a songwriting session either with someone or even just by myself, and I haven't prepared myself. Have a really good think about what you want to write about, jot down some ideas. Write down some lyrics, ask yourself, what type of song do you want to write? Fast? Slow? What genre will it be? Keep this in a songwriting journal (I call mine the Idea...

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What Is A Publicist And Do I Need One?

In this episode of the podcast, I talk with good friend and owner of KrisKat Publicity - Kris Katsanis. We cover a bunch of your questions and really get to know what a publicist's job entails. 

1. What is a publicist? A publicist is a middleman between you and the media. 

2. What is the role of a publicist? A publicist has a contact database usually far more significant than any artist. A publicist has also built a relationship with many different media sources; it is therefor the role of the publicist to take your music to the media and then follow them up requesting interviews, spots in magazine or newspapers and some cases television. However great the publicist, the quality of the project will always determine the level of media response.

3. How can a publicist help an artist? An artist is usually extremely good at their craft; they dedicate their time to developing and creating a product. While as an independent artist we will wear many hats,...

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God Dammit Be Unique Or Don't Bother!

There is one asset, one thing going for us that so many of us seem to forget, or we look past and don't realise that it is one of the most essential components of being successful, not just within the music industry but in life. 

Yes, I am talking about your uniqueness! Who wants a thousand Kim Kardashians or 10 thousand Ed Sheeran's? What even made them special? They found their strengths, found what they were good at, found a way to show their audience who they are and what makes them who they are, and that is precisely what you need to do. 

The best thing about this is that it is easy! We can stop pretending to be someone else and start focusing on who we are, what are our qualities, strengths and weaknesses? The most wonderful thing that you can do for yourself right this very minute is to stop and realise that you are the only one of you in the world, according to my husband he believes that the work is lucky that there is only one of me! But in truth, we...

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Everything You Need To Know When Heading Into The Recording Studio

Choosing where and who to record with is a daunting task, who do you choose? Why? What are the questions I should be asking?

Today I spoke with producer Simon Johnson who answers a tonne of questions you might have and may not even know to ask! 

If you are looking to ever go into the studio, then you need to listen to these fantastic tips!

1. Many artists say they want to find a great producer, what exactly is a producer, i.e. what is their role in the process. A producer wears many hats in the modern-day recording world. In the most simple form, a producer is the one that has the ideas and brings together using all of the sounds that will reach the end sound goal of the song. However in today's society with a lot of indie artists on a small budget, a producer is starting to do many things, from helping the artist create their songs, through to playing on, producing and in some cases mixing and mastering their songs. 

2. You work with new and...

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How To Release Your Music In 5 Steps

 

As with everything, there is a process, and if you don't follow it, then there are risks. 

When you are releasing your music, there are 5 steps that you must take to ensure that your release is ready to go and will be successful. I learnt these 5 steps far too late in my career; I wasted tens of thousands of dollars firstly not knowing that there was a process and then trying to figure out what the hell it was. 

Fortunately for you, you don't have to lose all of that money, get frustrated by not knowing what to do next or how to do it. Here are the 5 steps you need to take the next time you are releasing your music. 

1. Make sure you have a PRO. When I started, I didn't even know what a PRO was, let alone why I needed one. PRO stands for Performance Rights Organisation, and every time you write a song, you need to list it with them. Your PRO will collect your royalties on your behalf, you, as the copyright owner, have the right to collect...

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5 Benefits Of Rejection That Will Surprise You (In A Great Way)

Ok, if you are like me, the thought of rejection might make you feel sick to your stomach. I like to keep everyone happy; I'm not one to want to "rock the boat", I don't even want to get in the boat! But these days, I have grown a lot as a person, and I have learnt that rejection is necessary for growth.

Your most dangerous place to live is in your comfort zone!. You can't grow, you can't move forward because you're scared of stepping outside of that big, warm, fuzzy bubble you have created for yourself and your life. 

It's time to move! Comfort needs to pack its bags and find a new home so you can move on and start achieving. I have struggled with rejection my whole life, in fact, I honestly feel like I have had more than my fair amount in my lifetime, but it has made me who I am today, it has made me stronger, and it has made me work harder. Here are 5 benefits of rejection:

1. It makes us re-evaluate ourselves. Sometimes we just get stuck on the merry-go-round, in that...

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