Take back your Power

It’s easy to let negative people monopolize your time – even when they’re not around you. Don’t let them in your head!

It’s easy to spend a few hours dreading seeing or spending time with a negative person. Combine that with more moments of venting to a friend or co-worker, and you’ve just given that person hours of your creative time!

Don’t allow negative people to steal your time and energy. Don’t complain about people you don’t enjoy. Don’t give them any real estate in your peace of mind. Instead of spending your downtime thinking about how much you dislike that person you have to work with, turn on the radio and listen to music that reduces your stress or work on your favorite project.

Take back your power by limiting the amount of time you spend talking about, thinking about, and worrying about unpleasant people. Seek out positive people and positive vibes instead.

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Morning Pages…

Have you ever had that feeling of frustration when you couldn’t come up with anything new? I had been struggling with my attempts at coming up with some new visual styles in the past few days. So I had been getting down on myself for a while before trying something new.

I had never heard of “Morning Pages” before today. So, wanting to try anything that would get the creative juices flowing again I wrote my first three pages. These were nothing groundbreaking, thoughts and affirmations that I felt at the time. Nothing was off limits, and nothing was stupid or lame. What I wrote didn’t matter. What was most important was the act of writing.

This helped my mind get into the “Mode”, if you will. After writing these pages I felt okay, and had cleared my head of all self-doubt. Before I knew it I was working on a new project, and had formed an idea in my head.

So I recommend that you try writing a few pages when you have time in the morning. This was something that I am happy to have found, and I plan on trying this every morning for the rest of the week. I will plan on posting the final products here for everyone to check out.

Until next time, keep up the good work and stay inspired.

.Inviere

3 Reasons to blog your music!

So in this day and age everyone has a blog (Yes, even your grandmother!). It could be in the form of a Facebook profile or Page, Twitter or here on WordPress. Everyone is creating content, and everyone is placing it online. I want to go over the importance of creating and managing a blog to share and promote your music! Let’s get to it!

I’m sure you all know what a blog is, but if not here’s a very…very short description. A blog is an online journal composed of articles called “Posts”. These posts include text and media like photos, video’s, and music tracks from around the web.

There are TONS of ways to create a blog, but I will not be going over how to create one. I want to focus on some of the main reasons I blog and why they can help you develop a bigger following as well.

Develops a larger fan base…

When you create content on a regular basis, you give your fans or followers more chances to learn about you. When you make a post about your latest tour, you show them what they missed if they didn’t make it to your show. When you post a video performance of your new single, it gives them something that they won’t find anywhere else. Once they see they you post exclusive content to your blog, they’re going to want to visit more often!

Your followers can keep up to date on Twitter, they can see your coolest moments via Instagram. They can go behind the scenes by reading your blog! Your Blog (and social media in general) gives them insight into your work on the stage and off. By reading your blog, you want your fans to develop a closer relationship with you and your work. This is great in marketing and promotion, but it’s cool to know that you have people that enjoy what you are creating.

*Quick tip: If you post content primarily on Social media, make sure to ALWAYS link back to your blog site. Think of your Social media posts as the appetizer and your blog post as the main course!

Expands your reach..

Creating content on a regular basis increases opportunities for your fans to discover your work. This also generates opportunities for your content to come up in search engines. As your followers come back to your blog, the chances of them using a search engine to find your blog increases.

This is good because search engines are always looking for new content to categorize. Search engines discover which websites are growing and how active they are. The more active your blog is, the higher your search ranking. Everything that you post can be another opportunity for a fan to discover your content via search engines.

Broadcast your own news…

If you take away anything from what I posted today I hope that it is this. With a blog you can announce your own news, your own way. You can tell your own personal story as you play shows, or write your songs. At the very least, a blog lets you share concert dates, a few photos from the road, ect. Share all your music related events when creating content for your blog.

But you want more than a list of tour dates, you want to share the cool moments that make creating music so awesome. This is your time to let your music life shine. The more open you are, the more your fans are going to want to get to know you.

That’s it! Those are my top three reasons I blog, and why you should to. It has helped me with sharing my music and has given me a platform to share my work with you! I hope these tips help you, and help encourage you to start writing about your own musical path. If you have any more tips on blogging, or have questions about starting a new blog, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks again!

.Invere

Making Time…

Do you ever feel like you’re running out of time? That every moment, is slipping away while you do all the little things throughout your day? I hate that feeling! It is always easier to sit down at the couch, flip on the tube, as your precious time ticks away. But, we are not here to do the easy stuff. We are here to work on our dreams, and get shit done! In this edition, I want to go over what I do when time seems to be slipping away from me, and what to do when productivity dips. Lets get it!

Tip #1 – Just get started!

Sometimes the hardest part of anything, is getting started. Have you ever noticed that once you make the decision to start something, the entire process gets a little easier? That the entire process starts to fall into place, and you start knocking out whatever it was that needed to be done. This is one if the biggest realizations that I had when it came to my work. I noticed that once I actually started working on something I was able to focus and get more done.

So the next time you have trouble getting with a project, just get started! The pieces will fall into place once you start working. Your mind is a powerful tool, and sometimes it works against us. So become a master of this tool, and don’t let your mind play you for a fool!

Tip #2 – Stay Consistent

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your empire! It’s great to have one project completed, but don’t kick your feet up quite yet! The next project, the next blog post, or recording session is just around the corner. Now with the average American’s attention span dropping to a whopping 8 seconds (the goldfish has 9 seconds) we have an extremely limited window to reach our audience. So staying constant is more than a must, it’s a make-or-break virtue you must embody.

To overcome this, I like to picture a crowded bar where everyone is trying to get the attention of the bartender. In this example, the bartender is your audience. So instead of going up to the bar, patiently waiting for your turn, and eventually getting looked over, let’s make sure that bartender knows you’re there! I do this by making blog posts that resonate with my readers, I post video’s on my many Instagram profiles dropping some knowledge. I create content that would help me stand out in the crowded room. A major part of this is staying consistent and always working. The more content you create, the more your audience has to consume. This is like going up to the bartender, cracking a joke and making a big order, THEN coming back for more. This way the bartender (audience) remembers you, and wants to keep an eye out for your next offering.

Tip #3 – Think about the money/Time you’re wasting!

Now this one is the one that gets me moving almost 100 percent of the time. I want you to think about your money, specifically the money you invested in your work. Think about that $35 a month software subscription. Think about that $800 camcorder that is collecting dust in the corner of your studio. Now if this hasn’t gotten you up off the couch, I think this next one will get you up. Think about the people that believe in you. Think about your friends and family that you LET DOWN when you don’t create content!

I believe that wasting someone’s hope and losing their trust is the absolute worst thing you could possibly do. Especially in a business where you depend on people to listen to your music, read your blog, or watch your videos. So if you have the money to throw away, I want you to realize that people are not so disposable. So please, don’t let your supporters down! Keep working so they can be more proud of the things that you do, keep them supporting you! Show them that you are worth supporting, and make them proud to say that they believed in you from the start.

Conclusion

So, there are a lot of things out there that can distract you from accomplishing your goals. It is up to you whether you let it stop you or if you’re going to make time for your projects. You can tell a lot about a person from what they invest their time into. Do you want to be known for wasting time and never accomplishing anything you started? Or do you want to be the person that absolutely kills it at everything they start? The choice is yours. Be well my friends.

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