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3 Reasons to Slow Down and Reflect on Your Music Career

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With everything that's expected of a DIY musician, it's common to feel the pressure knob go to 11 as you attempt to learn the business, build a fanbase, promote new music, write newer music, and balance all of your other obligations as a human.

Not to mention the fact that, since the beginning of time, the music industry has has a reputation pushing the 24/7-grind lifestyle regardless of whether or not one can go about it in a healthy way. (Spoiler alert: There is no way to grind 24/7 in a healthy way.)

But, rather than focus on the braggarts who claim to "get it all done" with little-to-no sleep, why not focus on building a career that's sustainable and that serve you for years to come?

Musician Life

Aug 28, 2017 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

5 Indicators of Whether You're an Amateur or a Pro Musician

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Being a pro – or not – doesn't depend on how many shows you perform a year, how much money you earn, or even how talented you are. It is 100 percent one thing: mindset. I've played with amateur musicians who had the heart of a pro and vice versa. The good news is that this mindset can be learned.

Want To Be A Tour Manager? Here's Advice From 4 Industry Pros

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Tour life. It’s something most bands dream about, but what about balancing your musical ambitions with the logistical requirements of planning and preparing for life on the road? Is it even possible for an artist to become a tour manager, too?

3 Ways to Tell It's Time to Hit Pause on Your Music Career

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All artists experience hardships in their careers. There's always a question of whether to persevere or quit. The obvious answer, at least most times, is to soldier on. Often, we find success at the limits of our endurance, right when we're going to give up.

Sometimes, though, stepping away for a while is the right answer. Of course, it's always possible a temporary break turns into a permanent one – and, sometimes, that may be for the best. Only you can decide if and when to come back. Regardless, here are three ways to tell if you need to take a break from making music – at least temporarily.

Musician Life

May 22, 2017 06:00 AM

Allison Johnelle Boron

4 Rock 'n' Roll Road Trips to Take This Summer

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The wanderlust-inspiring days of summer are fast approaching, and even though the rest of your year might be occupied recording or touring, you're probably also looking for a warm-weather escape. Luckily, road trips are usually easy to convert into day trips, especially when they're located within driving distance of major cities. When your destination is music-centric, it makes all the more sense to take a little time off.

Here are five trip ideas tailor-made for musicians and creative types. If you've got a favorite destination, be sure to share it with us in the comments!