We are all busy people…but why can’t you complete your entire “To Do” list by the end of the week? Getting things done is all about organizing your time! Here are some items to explore that may make you more efficient.
IS YOUR LIST IS TOO LONG OR JUST UNREALISTIC? If you are working, going to school, writing songs, rehearsing your band, updating your social media and trying to book your own shows all in the same week you have too much on your plate.
1) If you feel like you can’t get things done, I suggest making a google calendar, just for yourself, and for a full week write down all your activities for the upcoming week. I bet you have a few hours that you are just playing games on the internet, watching movies or just hanging out.
2) Once you can see your blocks of open time, pick a 2 or 3 hour block and make an appointment with yourself every week to concentrate on that “To Do” list. Even if you have to get up a little early or stay up an hour later….Make the Commitment!
3) After you schedule a ‘work time’ for your Music Business weekly, go back and schedule some “ME” time. Allowing for fitness and some hang time every week with your spouse/ friends/family is essential so you don’t burn out!
YOU NEED TO PRIORITIZE YOUR LIST! If doing music is your mission, we have a list to help you start on your way to seeing real progress.
1) Start with creating music and rehearsing your songs. If you are in a band, you need 8 tightly rehearsed songs to do a good show….if you are a solo or duo, you can go out, at least once a week, and perform one song at an area open mic night…use it as a live performance rehearsal. The key to all music success is to continue to write new songs. You not only become a better songwriter after each creation, but it also grows your songwriting catalog; which is your songwriters real estate.
2) Social Media & the your web presence. It is all about how people can hear (&see) your music! Pick a social media platform you like to use and begin. Yes, you should have your own website and be on all the social media you can, but use what is easiest to you first. If you are not sure how to proceed, start with facebook and posting some music, a photo of some fun time before your rehearsals or do a weekly ‘facebook live’ to start engaging. (If you have a band, take turns twice a week posting something musical or fun)
3) Performing. If you have enough songs, start looking around for Battle of the Bands or smaller places to play outside Hollywood (or outside your immediate major city) OR connect yourself with a charity. It is all about performing in front of as many people as possible!
RESEARCHING VENUES takes time but it is worth your efforts. Pick 3 or 5 venues and ask for a date at least 6 weeks from your email/call date. The worse days to send your emails or call? Stay away from emailing on the weekend or Mondays because your messages will fall in with so many others and will probably not get answered. Do only a few submissions a week so you can follow up and research a few more for next week. Don’t go crazy hitting up every venue you find…check the website first & see if this venue hosts your genre of music. When you get a show, get a contract and start looking for another show a few weeks after that booked show. You should always be promoting the next show at your current live show. This is how you grow audience support.
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