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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.

3 Easy Steps to Determine Your Next Steps (With Examples)

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"Now what?" That question is asked by every musician at least once every other day it seems. You’ve finished recording a new song  now what? You planned out your next three months of newsletters – now what? You finally hit your first 10,000 followers on Instagram  now what?

Reaching a goal is great, but what’s next? It’s important to always be thinking of your next steps while you work at completing the goal in front of you. It can feel daunting. (As if you don’t already have enough on your plate, amirite?)

Luckily, I’ve broken down this process into three easy-to-follow steps when it comes determining what to do next. They may seem obvious or basic, but when you’re knee-deep in deadlines and completely stressed out with a lack of confidence, you’d be surprised how powerful “procrastination paralysis” can be.

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.

4 Tools to Achieve Your 2018 Music Goals

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We’re approaching the end of the year, so now it’s time to start setting your band goals for 2018! Do you want to play at least one major music festival? Complete your album? Receive a minimum of five great reviews on your single?

Identifying and setting your goals is just the first step in achieving them. In past articles I’ve discussed: how to create SMART goals, how to start small to create massive results, and how to get back on track when it feels like a fail.

To greatly increase your chances of success, you should also assemble an arsenal of tools to help you get there. Below are just a few tried-and-true methods I use to achieve my goals. In most cases, I use the different tools in tandem with each other to generate the highest success rates.

How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artists, Myself Included

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