Or maybe you’re still putting songs together and haven’t quite released anything yet but it still feels stressful? This is a common life for indie’s who are doing everything themselves. Without management or a team helping you, often times you’ll feel exhausted, and borderline frustrated with your workload. This is an indicator you’re overworked! Most people are, but there’s hope!
Here are some tips to consider which I’ve personally used myself and they helped alleviate a lot of stress. Try some of these tips and see how they work for you!
It’s an artist’s nature to want to take on “everything”… every show, every interview, every opportunity. However by doing so, you can miss out on building what you’ve already been given. I like to say “Try unwrapping the gifts (fans) you already have!” What do I mean by that? Well let’s take the few fans and supporters who’ve already shown interest in your music – whether they bought CDs from you, downloaded your music, followed you on Twitter, commented on a FB post, dropped feedback on your Soundcloud, signed up for your newsletter (you do have one right? – super important). All these things are signs that people are interested in some form or fashion with what you have.
The stress relief is in nurturing or building up the support you have right in front of you. If you take the time to reply to fans, grab emails from the people who are showing interest, follow up with those who’ve downloaded your music to ask what they thought, you will build relationships, which means many will become loyal fans. Loyal fans will purchase from you time and time again if they feel you give a darn.
Don’t get me wrong, rocking shows and trying to get yourself out there as much as you can is important, but you must use WISDOM to choose what’s best for you, your life, and your schedule. Making sure you’re still able to take care of your health, your responsibilities and at the same time prioritizing the gifts (fans) you ALREADY have. Even if you only have a small following of people who interact with you, start getting to know them, ask questions, send them free stuff, special offers etc.. Most importantly, have them on a centralized email list so that you can keep in touch with them on a regular basis – I can’t stress how important this is!
Just think if you took time to cultivate the people who were interested in you – you may discover them getting you shows, referring you to radio stations, blogging about you to their friends etc. (minimizing your workload). Like I said earlier, instead of overworking yourself, try unwrapping the gifts (fans) you already have! Shalom friends!
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There’s nothing worse then a dead crowd! But Thankfully there’s a couple things you can do to breathe life back into them. Here’s a quick performance tip that has worked for me
Written by BBO Team Member, Felicia Craig aka LadyLight
Have you ever noticed that projects are both living and organic? Projects & business tend to resemble living organisms more than inanimate objects. Once started or “born” they need nurturing, attention, and time to grow.
Additionally, I’ve noticed the heart of the project, is directly connected to the heart of its author. This direct connection, in turn affects the fruit of the project, and provides an accurate assessment of the project’s health.
Reflecting on these thoughts caused me to reflect on my own heart. Over the years, I’ve learned that the best condition of any heart is a heart that operates out of love. During this month when we celebrate love, I thought it would be cool to do a quick heart check pertaining to music projects and service providers you may be involved with.
Below, I’ve listed questions. There are only three questions to start.
When you complete the inventory, feel free to share your thoughts, action plans, and how you hope to apply the principle of love to your projects and business interactions this month and beyond. (Share in our BBO Facebook Community)
HEART CHECK INVENTORY
Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 meaning “in need of vast improvement” and 10 meaning “I’ve mastered it and just need to maintain my mastery.”
LOVE IS PATIENT:
When I work with other artists or service providers for my music am I patient?
Do I rush a project, or am I patient with the process of a developing idea or project?
LOVE IS KIND:
When working with other artists or service providers for my music am I kind?
Am I kind to myself, friends, and family as I work through the process of completing an idea or project?
LOVE IS NOT ENVIOUS:
Am I disciplined enough to focus on my resources, without being distracted by what other artists are doing, or being jealous of their resources versus mine?
Let’s conclude here. We’ll pick this back up next month and continue the “heart check” from there.. Speaking of heart, there’s definitely HEART in every BBO beat! Have you downloaded your free beat yet? Get instant access here.]]>
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Posted by: BBO Team Member, David Eagles
With the turning of each calendar year from old to new, we find what is looked at by some, and presented to others, as an opportunity to start or start, again. Both are vitally important: starting because there’s no way to measure growth or progress if you’ve never grown or progressed, and starting, again, because nothing leaves a nastier taste in your mouth quite like the residue of an uncompleted goal or failed assignment. So what can we do, or rather what should we do, before starting or starting, again? Below you’ll find a few quick pointers:
1. Self examination:
Whether you’re starting for the first time, or trying to get back on a horse you either fell from or chose to get off of, examining yourself before getting in (or back into) the saddle will prove the most important part of the process. Why didn’t I start this? What did I allow to distract me from making this dream, or assignment, a reality? Why did I fail at this? What did I do in the process that either needs to be repeated or removed, entirely? Is this something I’m supposed to be doing? These are tough questions that, when answered, will go a long way to simplifying what we often make overly complicated. If you’re unwilling to take a good sober look at yourself, your habits, your disciplines (or lack thereof), you’re almost guaranteed to repeat the steps that led you to being completely inactive, whether in this specific area or overall, or ineffective and failing at what’s been placed on your plate to do.
2. Set Goals:
Ok, so you’ve taken a look at you and you’ve gotten some insight in regards to where you stalled or why you didn’t start, at all. Now, let’s take that and set a few goals that can be met on a regular basis, whether it’s, for example, a song a day, a song a week, a song a month, etc. Here, unless you’re seasoned at what you’re doing, we’re going to stress a bit of quality over quantity, especially if you’re entering a new field of interest or commission. Setting a bar too high in an area you’re unfamiliar with can often lend to unnecessary pressure and stress being applied, which can quickly steal your motivation and creativity. Yes, we know that if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat, but if we can change the quality of your meal, we can then begin to change how often you eat it. Prioritizing is a must.
3. Be Accountable:
Get someone who supports you and your vision to help keep you on track to see it all the way through. Sometimes the best motivation comes from people who aren’t personally invested in what we’re doing, but in us. Additionally, get the “yes” men and woman out of your corner. Trust me: simply having a large number of folks doesn’t mean you have a large supply of support.
As you accomplish each goal at each checkpoint you’ve set for yourself, make sure to soak up the feeling of finish that comes along with that. Don’t, however, get complacent and feel you’ve arrived. Don’t stop there. Bottle that. Now imagine that being poured out over you once the entire assignment has been completed??? Sweet, right? Don’t allow a little to take the place of a lot. You’re going to work hard; make sure that it counts. Appreciate the process, but be sure to stay hungry for the end result.
We hope these tips have been a blessing and a help to you! We’d love to hear how following and implementing these steps into your own personal projects has benefited you in the completion of your task! Feel free to leave your comments or questions in BBO’s new Facebook community!
Remember: finishing is better than starting. Let’s go!
Some people are frustrated because they aren’t seeing financial results with their talent, because often times they are not doing what they are BEST at. No need to get mad or down when constructive feedback is given, instead, embrace a new plan of action to help you get the results you desire (Just may not be the way you imagined).
I love helping indie artists, and when artists seek me out for feedback, I’m not going to lie like many would to spare a feeling or two.. If you don’t have it, you don’t have it! The good news is, I will share with you what I can identify as your strong points to help you maybe take a different route or approach. Everyone has something “special”… Just build upon your strengths.
It takes a real dose of humility to over stand what you are “ok” at and what you are GREAT at. This post isn’t aimed at hobbyists out there doing things for fun and game. This is for those who desire to live off the fruit of their labor using their gifts and talents.
Find your true STRENGTHS with honest feedback and Innovate from there.
How do you know what your strengths are? People will usually rave about them without you trying very hard and eventually pay you for them.
(BBO Founder / Lead Producer)
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BBO is proud to be a part of this. Yes we’re a production company but we also get involved and support those who are helping the youth! Shout out to Felicia Craig aka LadyLight as she is spearheading this girls conference. Learn more about this event here. Thank you. #BBO2015]]>
Posted by: BBO Team Member, LadyLight
As the New Year approaches, I find myself thinking about this past year. I’m learning it is important to do more than think about it, if I plan to accelerate my growth & potential. Consequently, I’m learning I have to purposely set aside time to reflect, celebrate, debrief, and plan. What’s interesting is this comes natural when I’ve worked for others. For some reason, when I work for myself, it’s much harder!
Therefore, I am using the following to help me through the process:
Due to the fact that I’m a people person, I may enlist a friend or family member to help me work through parts of the process.
As the old saying goes– “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” May we all be prudent and have the greatest year of our lives in 2015! Feel free to hit me up by email or in BBO’s new Facebook community about your experiences with this process and which parts of it were most helpful to you.
You are all WINNERS in the Creator’s eyes!! Whether you made Top 10 mention or not! Just the fact The Most High got glory through this contest is a WIN for the KINGDOM!
Thanks for participating in BBO’s iBelieve songwriting contest! We sure had our work cut out for us with judging your submissions! So many great entries and all different styles made it EXTREMELY challenging to say the least! Through your contest experience, we hope it sparked new inspiration and challenged you in new ways! We will be hosting more contests in 2015 so get ready and stay in touch in our new Facebook group here.
Judges thoughts: Surfed the beat nicely with an intense delivery and well executed lyrics. Great quality helped the punch lines stand out. Overall it was the transparency and authenticity in the lyrics and concept that helped seal the deal, landing Rapture Raps in 1st place. Congrats!
Listen below to Rapture Raps story behind his song and contest experience:
Judges thoughts: Filled to the brim with flavor and beautiful melodies! Open and honest lyrics that were both fun to engage with, and truly heartfelt. The overall song felt complete and message shined on its own two feet, making a firm placement in the top 3. Congrats Kyla Simone!
Listen below to Kyla’s story behind her song and contest experience:
Judges thoughts: From start to finish the concept was clear. Creative elements from the melody to chants made this an easy listen and addictive sing along. Good quality and voice was used comfortably – nothing felt forced. Congrats DaLomonze!
Listen below to DaLo’s story behind his song and contest experience:
1. Rapture Raps
2. Kyla Simone
“Loved the wordplay and enthusiastic vocal gymnastics! Fun listen!”
Listen below to Psyc’s story behind his song and contest experience:
5. ShaKara Monique
“Insanely Catchy tune! Refreshing sound and Inspirational lyrics!”
Listen below to ShaKara’s story behind her song and contest experience:
“Aggressive delivery and out of the box chorus! Nice touch!”
Listen below to Enon’s story behind his song and contest experience:
7. Caleb Ezekiel
“Open songwriting with a Confident and Cool vibe!”
Listen below to Caleb’s story behind his song and contest experience:
8. Rick Fair
“Sincere worship you could feel from a pure place! Sent chills!”
Listen below to Rick’s story behind his song and contest experience:
“You could feel the anointing in his delivery!”
Listen below to J-Heir’s story behind his song and contest experience:
“Piercing Raw Passion!”
Listen below to REAM’s story behind his song and contest experience:
**Thank you to all the indie artists, judges and our sponsors: BBO Team, Native Instruments, Altruwest and Hip Hope.
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