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Music Career Mode Reality Check
on Thursday 24 August 2006
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Reprinted from Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

I've come to the conclusion that much of the frustration exhibited by aspiring musicians is a result of mixed modes. I'm sure you know people who suffer from this affliction. They are currently doing music part-time, but they talk to themselves and others about their full-time goals. However, they continue to take part-time actions.

Does this describe you? Or someone you know?

It's vitally important to get clear about which mode you're in and make sure your goals and your actions are aligned. If you're convinced that music is your life's work, then get busy putting in the effort it takes to write great songs, get exposure, reach fans and more. That doesn't mean you have to do anything drastic right away (especially if people are counting on you for financial support), but you should be taking steady but sure steps toward realizing that full-time goal.

The worst thing you can do is delude yourself into thinking that stardom is inevitable as you keep making excuses about why you can't get moving on your music plans just yet. This situation creates the most frustration: full-time intentions with part-time actions.

Another friction-inducing scenario is the person who takes action in waves. A couple of months of concentrated activity followed by six months of being distracted and doing nothing.

The ideal state is when you know to the core that music is what you are meant to do. And regardless of what circumstances life throws at you, you stay focused on that purpose. Every day you think about it, and every day you take at least some small step toward transforming your internal musical identity into a material form.

And if you decide that music is not your overriding destiny, that perhaps another calling takes a higher priority, it's okay to admit that music should become a part-time pursuit. You can still squeeze a lot of satisfaction from it, but at least you won't be ailing from the tension that mixed career and action modes bring.

To your success!


Bob Baker is the author of "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook," "Unleash the Artist Within" and "Branding Yourself Online." He also publishes, a web site, blog and e-zine that deliver free music marketing tips and self-promotion ideas to musicians of all kinds. Visit for more details.

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