I have 5 book recommendations for you. They all help with doing. Taking action. Giving you the strategy and steps to improve your career.
Each of them has given me simple action points to help me improve my life. I thought it was only fair to share them with you.
EXCITINGLY, they are non-music specific. We can learn a lot by looking beyond our musical bubble.
Last Saturday I received a DM from an intrigued musician. She was wondering how online performing could be used in addition to “real-life live performances”. Lets answer it…
How are you going to have a professional career if you are relying on luck?
Yet this has been a problem for many musicians, even before the pandemic.
The status quo for most freelance musicians is to wait for someone else to book them.
There are two problems with this:
Do you know the difference between Live Streaming, Streaming and Hybrid events?
Are you sure you know the pros and cons of each?
Do you know what the impact it will have on you and your audience?
If you said “no” to any of those questions, then read on. By the end of this email, you will “know your stuff” when it comes to choosing your online performing format.
I’ve talked many times about creating connections and building relationships. Turning passive followers into an active audience. The starting place is usually on social media. But how can you cut through the noise? Ignite a spark of connection?
When you try to appeal to anyone online to be your audience, your content will get lost in the sea of social media. It won’t stand out. It’ll lack the ability to resonate. No one will take action to come and watch your recital. Unless…
83% of musicians surveyed found the lack of income from live streams the biggest barrier to continuing with it.
What is causing dissatisfaction with live stream income? How can it be solved?
How can you make sure your audience can connect emotionally to your performance?
Practise time is spent crafting your interpretation of the music. Each detail is carefully thought through. Translated into physical gestures. You want to know your audience are going to hear every detail. Experience your musical tale.
What’s significant about the long game? It can help you be the musician who can continue to perform when the next big storm comes along.
You can begin to achieve through using your secret weapon.
You are determined to forge your performance career.
But have you thought about doing it On YOUR terms?
Being visible online has something to do with it. But how can posting online be of help to you? Especially when there’s a deluge of stuff on your newsfeed already.
As a performer, it is easy to see each performance as an isolated event. It begins, it finishes. Then you move onto the next event. But what if you added an extra element. Something that could follow you. Allow you to grow your support.
Someone messaged me about this on Linked In. He had completed a video interview and knew he wanted to do something with it on social media. Why? Because that is what you’re “supposed to do.”
Have you experienced this?
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I’ve seen frowns, squirms and uncomfortable shifting when I approach this topic with musicians.
“It’s all about the music, nothing else.” takes an ingrained stance.
Yet today’s topic is a crucial part of any performance.
You…the music and…
Imagine having 10 people that are willing to support your creativity every step of the way. What would you be free to do? What projects would you create? What recitals would you perform?
It dived through my door. Neon pink. Curved lines imprinted. The Queen as an escort. It addressed me boldly as “Ollie”. Personal and unexpected. Valentines Day had been and gone. My birthday isn’t till April. Who could have sent this? Excitement and intrigue barged into my day.
Your creative work is a crucial way to help people reconnect. To help them explore and process their emotions. But most importantly, to be human.
But how can you start to do this?
Despite what your news feed is telling you. The problem isn’t the number of violinists, pianists and singers.
The problem is to do with a mix up of identity and space.
Change is coming.
With the announcement of a return to in-person events, possibly by June, what does this mean for your digital performances?
Are you hoping to go BACK to pre-covid normal?
Or will there continue to be a place for your online performances?
You are not alone with this problem.
6 months in and I started to doubt my decision.
There is a better way!!
Do you use Facebook Event posts to promote your online performance?
Do you get disappointed when not many people click ‘going’ and even less actually show up for your recital?
There is one problem both digital and physical recitals share.
I have seen performers raise over £1,000 in one performance and some raise £0. It’s an abundant and brutal reality. How do you solve this?
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