Creating supportive environments is essential to your success as a singer, singer-songwriter, singing musician, or performer. Naturally, the more resources that you have to support you and your passion, the more positive and resilient you’ll likely be as you work through rough patches, plateaus, and daily challenges.
No Place Like Home Base
Your home environment is obviously one of the most critical. Home base should be a place where you feel safe, secure, and free to have a blast launching ideas that enhance your creativity and sharpen your business sense. Your home base must be a place where a strong work ethic is nurtured as you pursue your singing success. You don’t want to create obstacles by putting off what you need to address to move closer to your goals. So, clutter and chaos must be kept in check because you want to maintain a sense of order and focus, with no room for distraction.
Clear The Clutter
Nothing blocks creativity more than clutter. It becomes like an infection that can then deplete enthusiasm, energy, focus – the list is endless. So set aside at least an hour or two each week to address any issues with clean up and repair. If more time is needed to get your home base in order, address the issue twice weekly until the space is clear and things are in ideal working order.
Journal + Blog
Purchase a notebook for journaling to track your successes, challenges, networking, and interaction with resources and contacts. That includes contacts and information gleaned from SingingSuccess.tv such as the forums, products, video clips, and news.
Get in the habit of writing out specific goals for your voice lessons and training. Review the goals at the beginning and at the end of each day to gauge your progress and to make adjustments as needs and situations warrant. Writing in a notebook and reading aloud what you’ve written, engages more integrated learning – especially hands on, kinesthetic learning. You can then reinforce your goals and progress by entering the information once or twice a week in a PC or Mac file. This can be input be as bullet points or short notes to summarize for periodic reference, or it can be entered verbatim via a personal blog you set up.
Accountability + Reinforcement
Your commitment to the handwritten journal and summarized file or blog will help to hold you accountable while reinforcing the strides you are making as you become a better singer, a more confident performer, and a more responsible artist. It will serve to stimulate your need to become more business savvy and market wise as you pursue opportunities to engage your gifts.
The Art Of Business
Each week should include the pursuit of knowledge in at least one of the following: marketing, recording, booking, management, artist development, and other related aspects of the business. These are vital to your arrival and survival as a viable force in the music business. In fact, to reinforce this knowledge, it’s important to start a core group for those committed to various areas of music business success.
To help you develop a more well-rounded sense of both art and commerce as they apply to the music business, it’s recommended that you hook up with others in your area that are pursuing careers in the music business. You want this group to cover as many areas of interest and expertise as possible. This becomes an additional, healthy, positive supportive environment!
Diversify Those Trusted
To get your group started, find people you know that are interested in marketing, advertising, artist management, venue operations, staging and lighting, sound mixing, recording, social networking development, and all aspects of technology. Look for free spaces in your community where you can meet, or get together in your group members’ homes by rotation. Mix it up. You can also meet at favorite venues or coffee shops.
Guests Of Interest
As your support group gets underway, invite music business professionals to stop by as guest speakers. It sounds far-fetched at first, but you’d be amazed at the number of people who are willing to share information, even at no cost. So, don’t limit opportunity by thinking nobody would be interested or affordable. Put together a list of all potential guests in your area, and map out a plan for contact and follow up with these individuals.
Meet at least twice per month at first to get a sense of the level of interest and commitment and weed out those who are “just looking.” In your initial meeting, create your mission and set of objectives as part of your group’s organizational plan. Hold at least one extra meeting each month to review objectives and your group’s mission to see what’s working best, what needs improvement, and what needs to be added or replaced.
Get The Word Out
If you decide to initially advertise for interest in your group, you can put up flyers in your area at local music stores, colleges, universities, high schools, trade schools, business colleges, technology-driven training centers, supermarkets, variety-type stores, libraries, community centers, rec centers, workout facilities, theatres, entertainment districts, venues, local media outlets, newspapers, radio stations, cable, TV stations, churches, and other places of worship. Look for any place where you feel that people interested in pursuing a career in the music business would gather or frequent, and always ask for permission to put up the flyers or other notices.
Create a website for your group. Take advantage of websites in your area, as well as social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, for generating interest in your group. You should also contact reliable people you know who may be interested in participating or who will at least spread the word. Be sure to track and share your group’s progress via an informative blog.
Internet Gains Interest
Make sure you always set aside a time at each of your meetings to review Internet resources. As the indie artist movement continues to grow, the Web clearly becomes the number one resource for networking, and for investigating shifts in marketing and music business developments.
Field Trips + Skype Chats
Visit venues in your area that showcase local talent, as well as those that regularly book major acts and mainstream talent. Look for opportunities to visit recording studios, movie locations, staging areas – any place within your region that has significance in terms of defining success for a singer should be approached.
Don’t forget that Skype can be used to hook up with someone out of your area that you feel would be a great resource as a consultant, or as a guest speaker for one of your meetings. Successful Singing Success students from other areas across the country and around the world may even be willing to share their stories with your group via Skype.
Use the forums at SingingSuccess.tv to share any concerns, successes, and resources generated by your support group. Encourage new members of your group to check out SingingSuccess.tv and the products offered. Your group can be the perfect supportive environment for the rich resources that SingingSuccess.tv brings you. Share changes made in your home base that may help others create effective supportive home environments where they live.
The more you become engaged and committed to shoring up support for yourself and others, the greater your chances for fully realizing all aspects of the business that factor into your uniquely complete singing success.