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6 Things That Successful People Do That You Should Adopt For Every Morning

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A huge part of being a successful, working musician is learning from and following the lead of others. I’m not necessarily saying you need to start copying sounds and styles of your fellow artists, but you should look at what others – not just musicians – do to become their best selves.

There are a lot of little things that are helpful for becoming more productive, creative, focused, and in the end, successful. While they aren’t all easy, these six actions are at least worth trying.

5 Ways You Can Start Being a Better Bandmate Right Now

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Every band has nightmare stories – guitar players who blew off gigs or practice, drummers who refused to promote shows or learn their parts, or keyboardists who were argumentative. When you mix a bunch of different people together, personality problems are bound to arise, whether it's in a band or a board room. 

But it doesn't have to be that way. No matter your role in your band, here are five ways to be a better bandmate.

4 Music Business Skills Your Day Job Can Teach You

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"I can't wait to quit my day job and do music full time!"

How many times have you said that to yourself and everyone around you? The necessary evil of a day job that has nothing to do with music can make you feel you're never progressing fast enough to get your career off the ground.

It takes up too much of the time you could be spending practicing, writing new songs, networking, engaging with your fans, or anything else in the world that's more important than what you do.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Finding ways to leverage your current day job will not only help move things along in your future career, but also keep that frustration from spilling out and getting you fired before you’re ready to leave.

5 Ways to Boost Your Music Income Without Leaving Home

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Making it as a musician isn’t easy. It takes a lot of grit, determination, and long hours to make your mark and, if you’re lucky, start seeing some financial gain from it. But I’m a firm believer that you can make a living as a musician if you’re willing to get creative and step outside the box of what you think that looks like.

At the very least, you can certainly add some extra income to your pocket, and a lot of times, you can do it without even leaving the house. (So, no excuses!) There are a lot of revenue streams out there just waiting for someone to take advantage of them. And why shouldn’t that person be you?

Why Your Demo Isn't Enough to Make It in the Music Business

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In today’s world, musicians are expected to be a one-stop shop for their own marketing, production, PR, and everything in between. Long gone are the days of A&R managers, discovering your raw talented un-branded and undeveloped. As if it weren't hard enough to complete your demo, you also have to figure out how to promote it and when you should follow up.

Today, there are so many tools that offer ways to automate these added responsibilities, but they don’t handle everything. You still need a strategy and plan to know how you’re going to get your music out into the world.