February 15, 2013
The Way that can be expressed is not the eternal Way.
- Lao Tsu
Thanks for reading this workbook. It aims to help you define and achieve your musical life goals and by doing so you are helping me achieve mine. I am very grateful that you have given me that opportunity.
This workshop is about you, not me. I can only guide you through the process and coach you along your journey. The answers and the energy that will take you to your Glorious Musical Future (GMF) have to come from you. Your peers will share their answers and the energy that a group exercise can generate. But everyone's journey is unique - your answers must come from you and only you can follow your path.
There has never been a better time to be in the music industry. Never before have artists, musicians and songwriters had technology that provides so much opportunity to create, connect and convert. The people who dominated the music industry in the 20th century look at the technological and market changes as disruptions to their business. Successful 21st century musicians, songwriters and artists see the changes as opportunities. This is not a revolution so much as it is an evolution and you have to keep up with the constant changes. A lot of what worked before doesn't work today and what works today may not work a year from now.
Some people will be able to make the most of these opportunities and some will struggle, fail, and hopefully try again. Your willingness to learn and try again is the key. There are two types of musicians in the 21st century:
The two have the same amount of talent. Both make wonderful music that is very appealing to their audience and both have a GMF ahead of them. The difference is in how they approach their GMF: one understands that their destiny lies in their own hands and the other thinks it is given to them by someone else. This workshop is designed to help you become a career builder because I can't help you with miracles.
When we leave here I will always be available to help but it is up to you to follow through on the journey this workshop lays bare before you. This is an opportunity that will take time to set up, time to practice, time to adjust to. Hence, this is not just about music, it's about changing your life in ways that will make you more successful in everything you do and happier in general.
The 10 steps are
A little theory ...
These steps and the exercises that help you reach them are built on the concepts I wrote about in How the record industry got it so wrong (and how their mistakes point to your glorious musical future), which you can read online for free here or can purchase from http://www.huge.id.au/shop. This workshop aims to put you on the path to your Glorious Musical Future via an evolved version of the 10 steps in the book's conclusion.
A summary of the key points:
This is not an easy process, nor a quick one. It will take a lot of work and will probably involve steps forward, steps back and repeated attempts before you succeed. The music industry is not as big as you might think and the sheer volume of amateur talent means that musicians are not given the respect and rewards their efforts would earn in other industries.
Check #1: Less than 200 Australian musicians and
So where's the career? That's not promised to anyone. You have to love what you do and excel where other people struggle - and that takes a particular kind of person. Here's a few characteristics of successful people:
Some of the characteristics on that list may make you uncomfortable because you look at them and know that you don't have those attributes. THAT'S OK! The great thing about creativity is that we're all in it together. You can develop these with the help of this workshop and/or you can find people who have them via this network. The great thing about this journey is that you have lots of fellow travellers and music is best when it's shared.So, let's take the first step Posted by DrHuge at February 15, 2013 10:22 AM