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Why Moving to LA Isn't Guaranteed to Make Your Dreams Come True

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There’s this myth in the music industry that packing up and moving to Los Angeles to chase your dreams is bound to result in massive success. The only problem? It’s not necessarily true.

Sure, there are plenty of artists who make the move to California each year and find themselves in the right circles, talking to the right people, and making the right moves — but that isn’t because LA is some magical place that does all the work for you. It’s because they had a plan in place, they did the work, and they made the right moves. LA on its own isn’t a miracle worker, but it can work for you if you put in your share of the effort.

5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

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The end-of-year slowdown. If you’ve been in the music industry for a while, you recognize late October through the end of the year as a slow time for all things industry-related. Albums aren’t getting released, tours are winding down, publicists have less to promote, journalists have less to write about, promoters aren’t running as many shows — the whole industry feels it.

In truth, it’s a convenient time, since it allows us to focus on our loved ones during the holidays and gives us a well-needed break from the chaos that ensues the rest of the year. It’s also a great time to plan your next steps and start off the following year stronger than ever. So how do you do that? Start with these five ways.

5 Things All Musicians Should Be Grateful For This Year (And Every Year)

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Every year I like to take stock of what's happened — the good, the bad, the things I could have done better, and the things I excelled at. Now just two weeks from Thanksgiving, it seems especially appropriate to reflect back on 2017 and find gratitude in what the year provided.

Insanely Creative Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Whole Band

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Halloween is mere days away, and with it comes spooky ghouls, haunted houses, lots of candy, and of course, incredible costumes! As a band, it’s an awesome opportunity to have some fun, show off your personalities, and live out a fantasy if only for one night.

But coming up with a clever group costume, especially this close to Halloween, can be tough. So we’ve compiled a list of possible costume ideas complete with a little photo inspiration. Check it out.

Don't Ignore These 5 Signs You’re Slipping Into Burnout

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In the music industry, there’s a mentality that, in order to be successful, you must work 24/7. There’s a major guilt factor that comes with taking a day off to enjoy time with friends, family, or even on your own, and if you’re like most people in this industry, you feel a constant nagging in the back of your mind telling you what you “should” be doing.

But here’s the secret no one tells you about adhering to that mindset: It’ll destroy you.