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How to Use Time Blocking to Accomplish What You Want as a Musician

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As a creative, it can be hard to stick to a rigid schedule. Not only can your days involve being on the road or discovering unexpected opportunities that you can’t turn down (i.e., someone canceled a gig and they need you onstage!), but sometimes a creative mood can strike (or not strike) and the plans you made can go quickly out the window.

It is possible, however, to work as an independent creative and still maintain a routine that works within your lifestyle.

5 Strategies to Beat Band Overwhelm and Get Back to Making Music

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Do you feel like you can’t keep up with everything? Are you feeling bogged down with your list of to-dos, which include checking social media 24/7, getting your music up on iTunes and Spotify, booking local shows or a tour, and coordinating each band member’s schedule before confirming gigs and rehearsals? It can often feel like there’s little time to do what you set out to do: make music.

If you feel like you’re winging it and have a lot happening at once without any strategy to manage it all, don’t despair. Below are five ideas to help you beat band overwhelm.

Don't Have an In-Person Mentor? Try These 2 Ways to Find a Virtual Mentor for Your Music Career

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Sometimes this industry can feel so lonely — like you’re fighting an uphill battle with no one to turn to for support. While there are undoubtedly communities out there designed to support you in your journey, the truth is that sometimes you just want someone to turn to for a quick question or piece of advice. You want someone who has already achieved much of the success you hope to who can guide you in your most confusing moments.

The good news is that kind of person does exist, and they’re called a mentor. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to find an in person mentor who can guide you through the ins and outs of your career on a regular basis — they’re available, hands on, and there to answer your questions when you get stuck.

An in-person mentor, however, isn’t always easy to find. If your search for the perfect mentor isn't turning out the way you'd hoped, here are two options for finding that person virtually.

5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Member of Your Local Scene

 


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We've stressed the importance of contributing to your local scene in so many prior posts: Like this guide to the many benefits of belonging to a music community, from mutual support to sharing gear or knowledge, or the illuminating insight of White Mystery's Alex White, who explained that DIY isn't actually individualistic, but about teamwork instead. We've even published a guide to getting involved for newcomers.

Still, any local scene member is susceptible to missteps. Following your instincts while remembering to give the same kind of respect you want to receive is a solid guideline for interactions within your community – but mistakes still happen.

6 Ways DIY Musicians Have More Power Than Ever

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Sometimes it can feel like your path as a DIY musician is paved with obstacles. It’s a lot of pressure, budget, and responsibility for just one set of people to handle, and having a label to help you out (especially with the budget side) can feel incredibly refreshing.

While it’s true that having a team to help you out when it comes to things like press or booking tours is something you’ll want to eventually budget for, there’s also a lot of power to be had by being a DIY musician.