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8 Steps to Getting a “Yes”: The Perfect Pitch

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This article originally appeared on Living on Gigging. The full Perfect Pitch course can be purchased for $0.99 here.


Is it possible to get a “yes” every time you make a request? Maybe. Is it possible to get a response every time? Absolutely.

It used to be a major struggle to get a reply back after sending an email to a company, venue, a potential collaborator or producer, or literally anyone. I found myself wishing for them to just say “no” rather than nothing at all.

I also struggled with how to be personal but also save time. Writing to 30 music venues a day asking for a date was getting tedious, but I knew copy-and-paste would start to feel spammy. Also, I noticed that even when making tentative plans with friends or family, I never got solid yeses or nos. So I did some research on why this was and found a few things I was missing.

Due to my list-making nature, I put this eight-step process together. It’s called the Perfect Pitch. And I tested it. And fine-tuned it.

And good news: it works! I’ve shared it with other people, and they said it works.

Musicians: Here's How to Create a Daily Success Plan

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You may have thought that you only need a plan when you're mapping out travel logistics for your next tour, or when you're coordinating who's bringing what dish to the next family holiday gathering, or when you're scheduling a record release. But we make plans to actually prevent chaos, increase efficiency, and see better results. And as musicians, we can use as much help as we can to create consistency in our schedules and to boost the productivity that we are so often generating on our own. So why not make a daily success plan?

You can read this article, "A Day in the Life of a Music Maker," to see what my day can typically look like. But what there really is to put in place is what happens before the day even begins – the night before and right when waking up.

7 Ways I Use My College Degree in My Music Career

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This article originally appeared on Living on Gigging.


I'm writing this for anyone who has changed his or her plans after graduating from college. For anyone who has studied one thing and has gone on to do something slightly (or extremely) different. And especially for anyone who, like me, has gotten a lot of crap for making those choices.

I'm here to tell you that all that crap is, well… crap. What I've learned is that no matter what you do, you will use your college degree. I promise. I use mine every day in every aspect of my music career. And somewhere in the back of my mind, I've always known this to be true (or at least hoped it was true), but I just didn't know exactly how until now. I've finally been able to put my finger on it, and it's changed the way I view every move I make.

Shifting the Money Talk: 8 Pieces of Advice All Independent Musicians Need to Hear

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This article originally appeared on Living on Gigging.


Money. At times just the mere thought of it (managing it, finding it, and keeping it) can bring out the worst in me. As a touring musician, a singer/songwriter, and a freelance composer, I have struggled with my relationship with money and all the anxiety I let it breed in my life for quite a while. I decided that it's time for it to no longer get the best (or worst) of me. Here's how.

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A Day in the Life of a Music Maker: What Do You Actually Do All Day?

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A version of this article originally appeared on Living on Gigging.


I'm often asked, "What do you do, exactly?" There are two groups of people who generally ask this: people who know me – or think they know me, who stop for a second and realize they cannot quite grasp how I spend my time – and musicians. This article, my friends, is for all of you.