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Music is Life: Make Your Music Career More Meaningful By Aligning With Your Personal Life

2022-07-28T09:23:31-05:00

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can truly experience "music is life" and better live your life as a career musician (anyone really). In fact, this is the exact conversation we start almost all of our music client relationships with in order to maximize happiness and energy when pursuing a music career.   Let’s dive in! The 2 Modes That Life Can Happen To You For most people on the planet, life will happen in one of two ways:  Life will happen to you (passive) You will happen to life (active) [...]

Music is Life: Make Your Music Career More Meaningful By Aligning With Your Personal Life2022-07-28T09:23:31-05:00

Know Your Band Audience (No, Your OTHER Audience)

2022-07-01T11:26:53-05:00

When I hear live performing musicians complain about low gig payment guarantees and a lack of gigs overall, the cause is usually pretty easy to identify: they’re typically not good business partners to the venues that book them. Keep reading to learn how to focus on your other band audience and correct this. Start With The Basics If the goal is to perform more live gigs – and eventually get paid more for those gigs – here are some basics you’ll need: Get Your Art In Order As music agent and [...]

Know Your Band Audience (No, Your OTHER Audience)2022-07-01T11:26:53-05:00

SMART Goals for Musicians: A Case Study By DJ Stacktrace

2022-06-03T13:04:56-05:00

By now you should have a good understanding of what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is.  In case you don’t, here’s a quick recap. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-Bound Figuring Out Which Smart Goal to Set First I recently decided to develop a goal around a new skill I would like to learn.  Specifically, I’d like to learn how to create high-quality, attractive videos in Final Cut Pro.  I already know a bit about FCP and am able to create functional videos quickly, but I have never been [...]

SMART Goals for Musicians: A Case Study By DJ Stacktrace2022-06-03T13:04:56-05:00

How to Stay Productive and Organized for Musicians

2022-07-01T12:31:46-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy?  As Eleven's Steve Banik discusses today, staying organized is a big part of that.  How to Stay Productive and Organized If you’re like me, you might sometimes have trouble getting organized to keep your music business productive and profitable. We’re creatives, so we prefer to create rather than enter receipts, depreciate assets and plan for tax season. Fortunately, there are some easy ways for us creatives to get our house in order in this area and learn how [...]

How to Stay Productive and Organized for Musicians2022-07-01T12:31:46-05:00

Know Your Why: Start with a Personal Development Plan

2022-07-01T12:33:49-05:00

"Many musicians find it hard to develop their music career professionally because their “real lives” and the complexities of the music industry have gotten in the way. When musicians stop learning and investing in themselves, they hurt their chances of succeeding in their career." Maybe you read that first paragraph and thought "sure, but what does that have to do with Eleven?".  This paragraph is a part of Eleven's guiding principles: a one-page definition of our mission, key characteristics, critical actions, story pitch and theme that make up our reason for being.  It very clearly defines who we are, where [...]

Know Your Why: Start with a Personal Development Plan2022-07-01T12:33:49-05:00

Connecting With the Audience: Making a Meaningful Moment and Keeping It Real

2022-07-14T12:25:31-05:00

What’s the secret to connecting with an audience? If you’re a solo performer, how do you give the people gathered to hear you a meaningful experience? What about for bands? Is it even possible? […]

Connecting With the Audience: Making a Meaningful Moment and Keeping It Real2022-07-14T12:25:31-05:00

Are you Employable? Finding a Survival Job Outside of Music

2022-07-14T12:44:42-05:00

For about a year, I held a factory job, performing quality control tests and working on creating a database to organize the results. It was enjoyable work, with pleasant colleagues, providing some of my earliest computer training in SQL. […]

Are you Employable? Finding a Survival Job Outside of Music2022-07-14T12:44:42-05:00

When Should You Give Up? (Hint: Never?!)

2022-07-14T13:34:25-05:00

“We know what you want to accomplish. We may even know how you’d like everything to turn out.  The real question ends up being– what are you willing to push through any dips for– what are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to, and sometimes be unreasonable about because you want it so much?  It is what’s actually going to get done.” […]

When Should You Give Up? (Hint: Never?!)2022-07-14T13:34:25-05:00
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