Updated: Jul 14, 2022
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We've all seen our favourite Artists/people on social media. Many of us like to engage with them, when they posts on Instagram, Facebook, videos on TikTok etc.... They challenge us. Or maybe Inspire us, or just keep us glued!
As we seek to create a presence on these online platforms, let's not forget; Most people post their highlights! For every post on social, tens, hundreds or even thousands of other things have happened in a persons life. That may sound obvious but, it can be easy to forget.
I say this to say don't judge your "No" by a seeming "yes" on social media
Are you unsigned? Maybe signed to an indie label? If yes, you'll know all the work you have to put in to get heard..... Below are three things we've found that will help on your music journey
Tip #1 - Set realistic short term goals
Most of us have big dreams for our music, however the saying “If you concentrate on small, manageable steps you can cross unimaginable distances.” is actually true... What can you do short term?
Big dreams remain dream until you break them down into goals..... In music, this could be something as little as play my first headline show, or maybe write and record a single.
Tip #2 - What do you need to make tip 1 a reality?
Sometimes, what you need is right there before you....You may have to think 'out of the box' to see it sometimes..... Say for example your goal is to play a headline show, what do you need to make this a reality?
- You'll need enough songs to play a full gig
- A venue to play in
- Possibly a support act
- People to attend your show
"Sometimes what you need is right there before ."
Tip #3 - Give yourself a deadline
Most people do nothing after step one and two because they don't have a deadline. Set a deadline and commit to the deadline. A good example would be; book a venue to play etc.... That way you'll be more likely to see your goal through
Tip #4 - Find strategic partners
Partnership is the missing link for many musicians, many are looking for support, not thinking "who can i support?"! Why not find someone you can add value to, but in so doing, they add value to your dream.... That sounds like a hard piece, but it is a missing link for many Artists.
Tip #5 - Carry on learning
I've done multiple headline shows, but still learning..... I've had some to be very successful, others to be huge failures. And though some may see me as successful, I'm for sure always learning!
And when I make a mistake, I learn to see how I can approach things differently so as to not make the same mistake again.
I asked members of our Songwriters Group, what they thought about setting goals, below are some responses from the group:
"I think goals are important, especially when aligned with a strategy" - Vic
"Realizable goals are important to maintain motivation, also being free to adapt as you learn more about what you want - Mike
"I find it helpful to break a goal down into action....." - Sarah
If you are are struggling to find motivation to even begin, being around others on the same journey always helps! So what does SWGFC stand for? It is the acronym for all the pointers!
Until next time