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The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

TEM183: Embracing the business elements of music and common mistakes that will tank your career: A conversation with Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

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TEM183: Embracing the business elements of music and common mistakes that will tank your career: A conversation with Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

Joel Cummins is the keyboardist for Umphrey's McGee and the author of The Realist's Guide to a Successful Music Career.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Joel's brand new book, The Realist's Guide to a Successful Music Career (trust me - it's awesome!)

  • Why we have to embrace the career and business elements of music if we want to have successful and fulfilling careers

  • The Passion Test

  • The importance of finding like-minded artists to collaborate with (one of the secrets to the enormous success of Umphrey's McGee)

  • Common mistakes that will tank your career as a musician

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: Rachel Syme (@rachsyme)

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This is for all of us who think we are “too busy” to accompish _________. (I’m looking at YOU, college students!)

In fairness, I’m looking at all of us, because we all fall into this trap from time to time. The trap is believing that voice in our head that says we are “too busy” to accomplish something without recognizing it for what it almost certainly is instead, an issue of priorities.

Toni Morrison was a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who had nothing to do with the writing business until she was 36. That is the opposite of having an “in” within a profession.

She wrote her first book, which wasn’t published until she turned 39, by waking up before her kids did every morning because she was a single, working mother. That’s when she could get the writing done.

Now that’s dedication.

Anyone can wake up two hours before their children and do two hours of work before they are on parent duty. Anyone.

My primary gig for the last five years has been stay-at-home dad. The time I’ve been able to devote to my podcasting, freelancing, consulting, Pedal Note Media, college teaching, private teaching, residencies, writing, recitals and everything else I’ve got going without my son present has been at a premium for over five years.

Guess how many times in those five years I woke up early enough to get hours of work done before my son woke up. Twice.

TWICE.

Why? Because being a parent is hard as hell. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I just didn’t have it in me to wake up that early.

But that’s okay!

I got to a place where I was at peace that my Band Director’s Guide series not having a new volume come out for years. I got to a place where I was okay that I didn’t release the TEM Podcast on a rigidly regular schedule.

The fact is I made a choice, whether intentionally or just through my actions (or lack thereof), that making those things happen wasn’t worth me trying to parent on dangerously little sleep (dangerously for my sanity!)

If anything I’ve been putting off ever rose to the level of truly urgent, I would have woken up at 4:00 am. Or quit my teaching job (which I did but then a much better one fell into my lap!) Or put my son in daycare (which we wanted to avoid if we could.) Bottom line is I would have changed something to make it work.

So the next time you tell yourself you are “too busy” to do something, think of Toni Morrison and ask whether it might just be an issue of priorities.

What an inspiration that woman was to us all. She is dearly missed.

TEM182: Aligning your priorities and actions for a new year (TEM Short)

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TEM182: Aligning your priorities and actions for a new year (TEM Short)

For many in the music business, September 1st serves as a reset which is a great time to align our goals and actions.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • September 1st marks the start of a new academic year as well as a reset for much of the music business, which serves as an opportunity to make sure our priorities and current actions are in alignment

  • An exercise to bring these into alignment

  • A trick to figure out what your priorities really are

  • Why perfect alignment should not be your immediate goal

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: James Clear (@JamesClear)

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This one is pretty straightforward and was still something I needed to be reminded of.

The big things we do are reinforced.

The little things we do are reinforced.

The intentional things we do are reinforced.

The unintentional things we do are reinforced.

Proceed with caution.

TEM181: Owning your own network and turning an idea into a product- A conversation with Truelinked CEO Sune Hjerrild

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TEM181: Owning your own network and turning an idea into a product- A conversation with Truelinked CEO Sune Hjerrild

Sune Hjerrild is a former professional tenor and the CEO of Truelinked

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The story behind Sune losing all of his opera contacts in France that led him to realize how vital it is for musicians to own their own network

  • The importance of not having all of your career eggs in one basket

  • The original idea behind TrueLinked and how it has pivoted over time

  • The decision to purchase OperaBase and why that brought so much value to the platform

  • The importance of reaching customers where they are already hanging out

  • The conversation Sune had with an entrepreneur on a short flight that inspired him to get to work on his idea which eventually became Truelinked

  • The "Four Big A's" that Truelinked serves: Arts organizations, artists, agencies and audience

  • Why good agents are still the heart of connectivity in the opera world

  • The "zero error culture" many musicians are raised in and why we have to battle that if we want to be successful entrepreneurs

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM180: The rule of thirds (TEM Short)

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TEM180: The rule of thirds (TEM Short)

The best advice I've ever received about speaking to an audience.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The unintended side effects of catering to the people who are only kind of digging your presentation (spoiler: it waters down the message that is resonating with your true fans)

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM179: Eunbi Kim

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TEM179: Discovering your own space and finding collaborators who are deeply commited - A conversation with Eunbi Kim

Eunbi Kim is a pianist, teacher and entrepreneur based in New York City.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • How Angela Beeching changed her life by teaching her how to find her own space within the music business and the world

  • Eunbi's project Murakami Music and all that went into making it a reality

  • The importance of communication and contracts with people you collaborate with (and why the best time to discuss things like exit strategies is when everyone is getting along)

  • Her textbook email asking me about appearing on TEM

  • Bespoken, a music mentoring organization founded by Eunbi and Gina Izzo

  • The dangers of comparing your real self to someone else's social media self

  • The teacher she had in college who was so abusive that she became overcome with crippling self-doubt and how she came through the performance even stronger

  • Why ego-based fear is so damaging to artists

  • The power of affirming your own good intentions

Links:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)

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Straight fire from Gary Vaynerchuk about paying attention to haters online.

“Go do something because the only thing holding you back is being worried about what other people might say.”

Warning: Lots of strong language in this one!

Tweet of the Week: Gal Shapira (@galjudo)

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Focusing only on what I can control is something I’ve been working on for years and it comes with practice.

Today, I am really good at it, except when I suck at it!

But in all seriousness, it is a day-to-day and moment-to-moment struggle for me as an entrepreneur (and as a human) to only focus on the things I can change.

I recently was doing the acceptance course on the Headspace app (which I highly recommend - the course and the app!) and I heard a working definition of acceptance that really resonated with me.

Acceptance means that once I have done everything I can externally to change something I wish was different that I then turn inward to change my mindset or attitude about that thing. It very much doesn’t mean that I just accept everything that is not acceptable to me or that I’m a doormat. It just means that once I have exhausted all actions, I then adjust my thinking about that situation to deal with it better.

Another possible action may very well present itself five minutes later, at which point I can take action again.

I just love the message of doing everything I can and then taking steps to be okay with reality, whatever that might look like. That is invaluable advice for any of us on the inevitably up and down life trajectory of an entrepreneur.

Tweet of the Week: Dale Trumbore (@DaleTrumbore)

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Some food for thought!

Dale always seems to have a very thoughtful message to her writings and tweets. So much in life (and in our careers) can’t be rushed and it is good to be reminded of that.

Tweet of the Week: James Clear (@JamesClear)

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I love the angle he takes here. Not that it’s the right thing to do to not insist on always having the last word (which it is.)

He is pointing out that not doing so will save you so much time which resonates with each and every one of us.

Great advice.

Tweet of the Week: James Altucher (@JamesAltucher)

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This is a really interesting way of looking at things because not all of us have money but we can all take risks.

That being said, the younger you are, the more risks you can take. And that’s exactly why the best time to start any kind of an entrepreneurial endeavor is today. Because we aren’t getting any younger.

This is also why college students ought to be thinking really big while they’re still in college rather than just navigating the requirements for their degree.

What a properly balanced stock portfolio looks like depends on your age. If you are young, you should have way more stocks than bonds because you have such a long road ahead to be able to ride out inevitable dips in the market. People closer to retirement are much more risk averse and have portfolios that are much more heavily populated with bonds which are safer but offer far less return.

Being in college and “only” taking your required classes to get your degree in four years is the equivalent of having lots of safe bonds in your portfolio. But it is exactly the time to be taking risks.

That risk can be financial. It can be pursuing a project that probably won’t “catch on” but if it does it will be remarkable and get people talking about you. It can look a lot of different ways.

Bottom line is that the younger you are, the more risks you should be taking. Because as James Altucher says in this week’s tweet, risks are the currency of life and will pay off in the end if you are brave enough to take them.

TEM178: Purple Cow by Seth Godin (TEM Book Report)

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TEM178: Purple Cow by Seth Godin (TEM Book Report)

A Book Report on an all-time classic, Purple Cow by Seth Godin. 

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • What is a Purple Cow and how do you make one

  • The best marketing possible is making your product more remarkable

  • In today's over-saturated world, only things that are truly remarkable are not invisible

  • The importance of measuring things (and why anything you measure can be improved)

  • The single most impactful thing I've ever read in a Seth Godin book (no, really!)

Links:

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant

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“Career success is not about finding the right solution to problems. It’s about finding the right problems to solve.” Boom!

And the article has some interesting thoughts about the problem with education rewarding straight-A students.

Tweet of the Week: Matt Tavares (@tavaresbooks)

Andrew Hitz

Oh what an impact an a three-second video can have!

Your first draft had better suck compared to your final product or you’re doing it wrong. Thanks for the reminder, Matt.

Tweet of the Week: Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)

Andrew Hitz

I probably don’t make this point enough on the podcast: Allowing your life to be steered by fear is never good.

I’ve never heard this exact point made in this way. “Fear that your total productive output might be less than the theoretical max” is really well said.

This isn’t a dress rehearsal. We only get to live life once.

TEM177: The only morning routine you will ever need

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TEM177: The only morning routine you will ever need (TEM Short)

A TEM Short inspired by a new feature on the TEM Blog, the Tweet of the Week.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Author James Clear's take on morning routines

  • The byproduct of his simple, two-step routine

Links:

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes