Thursday, September 20, 2018

Are you really put everyting on your career? Boring things..

Right now I feel I have this communication with several people in several layers. No, the post is not about you even though it touches the subject. This week I just dedicate the blog to the most common things that are pretty good sign that you are not putting everything on your career.

I get so many times that people are really serious about their careers. They are doing everything to get a spot with the stars. They are really putting everything on it. They want to know how to get to "the next step".
At least that is what they say.

Yes, your career will be full of boring things! And you will be the one who is doing them. So many artists talk how much they work but as soon you get to the boring stuff like updating the homepage, going through email lists and getting gigs suddenly there is no time for that.

Too many are just prioritizing the fun stuff. What that differs, but sitting in the studio recording music is usually one of the more fun stuff. Promote that music later is not that fun, but essential.

If you really are putting all on your career you will even do the boring things with a smile. You will be so interested in the whole process that you sit up all night just working on it. I know myself I was on the tip to burned out just because I loved the whole process so much that it was no stop to all the stuff I wanted to do.

Still, it's a very big problem that you just want to focus on parts of the career. One of the most common things is that the cool stuff is alright like shooting a video, photo shoots and hanging in the studio is the most favorited ones. In the end, they are the small parts of what is needed to put everything on your career.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Are you really put everyting on your career? Relationships...

Right now I feel I have this communication with several people in several layers. No, the post is not about you even though it touches the subject. This week I just dedicate the blog to the most common things that are pretty good sign that you are not putting everything on your career.

I get so many times that people are really serious about their careers. They are doing everything to get a spot with the stars. They are really putting everything on it. They want to know how to get to "the next step".
At least that is what they say.

This problem comes a bit down the road. In the beginning, you can put your relationships aside. But in the end, it will be strained. You will be that person who misses all parties. The one that comes on any birthdays. In the end, your old friends will not call you anymore when they re doing something, they know you will just answer you can't be there.

In the end, it will come to a bigger event. That birthday when your best friend turns even and a party where everyone will be at. You are in a shotty club in a city you never have heard of.

Here are the ones that put their careers will do it. the other ones will suddenly start to say no to these gigs because it's more fun on the other thing. Yes, I have seen people in bands cry on tours when tehy call home and miss their child's birthday. Hey, I even pushed my mothers funeral for this career. Yes, you will be selfish but it's in the reality you have to be.

The worst is partners, girlfriends, boyfriends that are left behind and are making your life miserable. I usually tell people that I can't count all the relationships I have burned over the years of my career, and i'm not even touring. You need a very understandable partner.
No, you can't bring them on tour every time. Not even the bigger stars can do that. If you put your relationship before your career, you are not putting things on your career. You are going for a home life with a secure job, and it will crash along the way. You can't joggle this one.
Kids, no you won't see them. You have to choose, be with your kids or do a career. Yes, 99% will choose the kids. Still, we are looking for that 1%.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Are you really put everyting on your career? Work...

Right now I feel I have this communication with several people in several layers. No, the post is not about you even though it touches the subject. This week I just dedicate the blog to the most common things that are pretty good sign that you are not putting everything on your career.

I get so many times that people are really serious about their careers. They are doing everything to get a spot with the stars. They are really putting everything on it. They want to know how to get to "the next step".
At least that is what they say.

Work! This is where many fail in the beginning. You manage to get a gig in another town. It's not the hottest gig but ok. The payment is ok but is not pay any rent or anything. But any gig is needed, also the artist has been nagging about getting more gigs and be able to been seen in front of more people. Also, all gig is part of a story around the artist. You present that for the artist.

Suddenly that gig is not that important. They have trouble to get off work. It's fast away and not cool enough. They could take it another week or if it was closer.

When your work is going before your opportunities, your career is not first, it's your job that is first. This I meet a lot. Artist gets a pretty nice well paying job and the opportunities are sorted around the job.

You know what, I always took my jobs in second hand to be in my position that I'm in today. Yes, I have burnt many bridges and many of my old bosses would not recommend me in any way. Just because I put everything in my career in the music industry. Not as an artist but behind the scene. I can't count all the times I have said no to things or called in myself sick just to be on that festival or that showcase that propelled me forward. And Yes I expect the artist to do the same if they are serious with their career.

You just have to make things work and put your career first. that is the only thing that is the right. You cant be a hard-working artist and have a nice job on the side. Not even if it is a job with music connections for the government. You won't be able to combine the both you have to choose.

When you hear that their regular job is in the way for an opportunity you know they are not putting their career first. This is mostly shown when they can get time off for something they think is cool but not for the regular stuff.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Are you really put everyting on your career? Showcase...

Right now I feel I have this communication with several people in several layers. No, the post is not about you even though it touches the subject. This week I just dedicate the blog to the most common things that are pretty good sign that you are not putting everything on your career.

I get so many times that people are really serious about their careers. They are doing everything to get a spot with the stars. They are really putting everything on it. They want to know how to get to "the next step".
At least that is what they say.

The problem is that people don't get how much you have to spend on your project to succeed. It's not about finding the right people to involve. It's all about how you work and how hard you really want it.
The answer will still be that yes they really want this and it's the only thing that occupies their mind.

Still just with a couple of small tests they fail at the first step.

The first is usually not take the chances. You give them an opportunity to play at a showcase somewhere on the other side of the world. Actually, they have been nagging for a while that they are ready for the big leap and playing abroad would be a cool thing. Of course, this is not the easiest task so it could take some months before the opportunity arise. You spend a lot of work to get them on and in the end, you get a small favor and the last spot is open for your new coming band to play.
You get back to the artist and get the great news that they are on.

You just expect that they will be happy and just get the things going. Instead, you get a barrage of different excuses.
-Will they pay for our airfare and hotels?
- Of course not, you are just lucky to get a spot. You wanted to get a break, so take care of the airfares and get an Airbnb.
- What is the backline, did we get a "good" place to play and is it at a good time?
- Probably not, but what is a good spot? You are small so I guess you should just be lucky to start to take the first step. The Backline we have to check later.
-Well, I don't know. It's a lot of money to get over to this festival, is it the right thing to do?
- If I was a fortune teller I might be able to say. But if you don't play you won't win.
- Since it's important maybe we should bring people to quire behind us?
- No make it as simple as possible to save cost, you just told me that you thought it was a lot of money.
- Yes but we sound much better with a drummer and a quire behind us!

Then it just goes on and on and everything is scrutinized in minutes detail. Of course, you lose interest, instead of doing your job you answer questions and clam them down. Every second question is if we are meeting the right people, getting the right stuff. In the end, they will pull off since tehy are uncertain that is the right thing.

People that are doing a career and need a safety belt to do are in reality not put everything on their career.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Talibans of music!

I guess music is like a religion. and when it comes to a religion yes there will be extremist. And whatever you believe is the right believe.

The music is a bit in the same way. People that claim to know what is good, what is pure and what has a soul. Also, they believe that what they like is the best for everyone else. in these circles they usually talk about sellout and stuff like that. Money is not to be mention yet it's still there.
Here you have the parallel with the church. You should give away money to the poor be merciful and don't claim too much. At the same time, the church is doing the opposite.

With the music Taliban is that the artist can't be too big, then it's a sellout at the same time the Taliban tells everyone to listen to, in the end, the artist will be big. Then the Taliban leaves the artist and thinks it's too commercial.

I guess that is the reason, the fear of that the artist will make it big, they choose artists that in reality doesn't have any chance of success. And the frustration leads to them to become something in the music industry like a small booker on an obscured club or music critic in a newspaper. Where they can preach what is the right music for the people. Music that people, in reality, don't want to listen to.