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TEM Blog

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

TEM156: Hanging out in the hallway (TEM Short)

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TEM156: Hanging out in the hallway (TEM Short)

We've all heard the phrase "When God closes one door, he opens another." The problem is hanging out in the hallway.

The TEM Question of the Week:

Have you ever been rejected in your career but it turned out to be a blessing?

Join the discussion by heading to http://www.andrewhitz.com/temblog/tem156 and leaving a comment.

***Sign up before October 1st for the brand new TEM Newsletter to be eligible to win a free consultation and also receive a free copy of "Seven Things I Learned from the First 100 Episodes of The Entrepreneurial Musician. Click here for details.

What You'll Learn in TEM156:

  • How losing an audition ended up directly leading to me getting my dream job with Boston Brass (but how it sucked in the interim)

  • The timeline for how I lost a major income source a month after announcing I was leaving Boston Brass and right after I found out that my wife was pregnant and how that ended up being a blessing

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 100 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

TEM155: Embracing change and reaching a quarter of a million people every week - A conversation with Suzanne Bona

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TEM155: Embracing change and reaching a quarter of a million people every week - A conversation with Suzanne Bona

Suzanne Bona is the host of Sunday Baroque, a radio show heard by over a quarter of a million people every week on over 200 stations nationwide.

The TEM Question of the Week:

  • What skills have you acquired from a non-dream job that you've been able to utilize as an entrepreneur and did you realize those skills might be eventually useful at the time? 

Join the discussion by heading to http://www.andrewhitz.com/tem155 and leaving a comment.

***Sign up before October 1st for the brand new TEM Newsletter to be eligible to win a free consultation and also receive a free copy of "Seven Things I Learned from the First 100 Episodes of The Entrepreneurial Musician. Click here for details.

What You'll Learn in TEM155:

  • Suzanne's background in music and the winding path she has taken to get to today
  • The importance that a couple of music teachers played in her life (and how awesome my wife is!)
  • How she founded Sunday Baroque which is now carried by over 200 radio stations across the country and heard by a quarter million people every week
  • The brilliant idea she negotiated for herself when she started a full-time sales job at a radio station which enabled her to learn the ropes of radio
  • The skills she learned in her sales job that directly applied to her future entrepreneurial endeavors
  • How she she ended up partnering with NPR to both produce and distribute Sunday Baroque and the factors that led them to amicably part ways after they had outgrown one another
  • The benefits of being a small and nimble operation
  • How technology is becoming a great equalizer in the world
  • Her attitude that change is hard but change is also interesting
  • Why Susan still tries to see each episode of Sunday Baroque through a different lens even after 31 years
  • What made the pitch email from Suzanne's intern so well written and why it got her on the podcast when most of them don't even get answered

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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 100 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:

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TEM154: The Long Game (TEM Short)

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TEM154: The Long Game (TEM Short)

Musicians frequently don't bring the same long game approach to being entrepreneurial as they do to their playing which is a big mistake.

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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 100 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:

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If you feel a little squeamish about your marketing...

Andrew Hitz

...you should probably trust your gut. This means you're doing it wrong.

This short article is a good reminder that there's two kinds of marketing:

  1. The pushy car salesperson who is trying to get you to drive off of the lot that day in one of their cars no matter what they have to say to you
  2. The complete opposite of that

Always trust your gut when it comes to marketing. The bad kind of marketing is like pornography. It can be a little hard define. But you always know it when you see it.

TEM153: What the hell happened to us?

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TEM153: What the hell happened to us?

Every child is overflowing with creativity. Then we lose it all. So what the hell happened to us and why does it matter as an entrepreneur?

*Sign up for the brand new TEM Newsletter and automatically be entered to win a free music business consultation!*

Anyone who signs up for the brand new TEM Newsletter between now and October 1st will automatically be entered to win a free 15-minute music business consultation with me.

Visit http://www.andrewhitz.com/temnewsletter to sign up today!

What You'll Learn:

  • How holding myself accountable to my Patreon patrons got me to actually send out my first newsletter in over a year! Thank you, Patreon family!
  • How school is largely designed to swap our creativity for compliance
  • An exercise to identify assumptions you make about aspects of your career that could really use some creativity
  • Why questioning some long-held assumptions is a great way to stand out in a crowded music business

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 100 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

Article: Dana Fonteneau on why freelancing is not a dirty word

Andrew Hitz

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Garrett Hope's Porfolio Composer blog featured a guest post by Dana Fonteneau about freelancing which is a really good read.

Dana first talks about what many "real jobs" actually entail above and beyond what we might expect and then eloquently makes the case for being a freelancer and entrepreneur.

"As an entrepreneur, you are your own boss. THERE ARE NO GATE KEEPERS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DREAMS.

YES, freelancing can have a lot of instability and volatility at first until you learn how to create systems that create stability and take you out of that “feast or famine” cycle. These are not hard to do but require discipline, focus, and long-term planning. There is NO LIMIT to how much you can do and earn, IT’S UP TO YOU!!!!

It takes a lot of work, but then again, what doesn’t?! If you’re going to be busy and work really hard, you might as well be doing what you LOVE!"

—Dana Fonteneau

You should definitely read the entire article. It is well worth it!

Article: "I Used to Think That Freelancing Was a Dirty Word Until…" by Dana Fonteneau

If you haven't heard it, don't miss the conversation I had with Dana for Episode 85 of TEM.

TEM85: Dana Fonteneau on Figuring out Your "Why", Holding Yourself Accountable When You Work for Yourself and How She Got Her First Paid Clients Before She Had a Proven Track Record

A truth bomb from Henry Winkler

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Tenacity + Courage + Honesty About Your Ability + Gratitude = Accomplishing What's On Your Mind

 

Oh man if I were the tattoo type and I was looking for a really long tattoo this would be a good candidate! I love how one good quote can fire me the hell up!

(You can listen to the entire Henry Winkler interview with James Altucher from which that quote is taken plus read a summary of the best points he makes here.)

TEM152: David Taylor Quotes

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TEM152: David Taylor Quotes

This episode features thoughts on my favorite quotes from the conversation I had with David Taylor in TEM137: How "Overnight Success” David Taylor Was Named to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List by Working 70-Hour Weeks for Years.

Quotes:

  • “I cut myself some slack in regards to it. That's why at the beginning I thought, ‘I need to be an expert at everything and I need to make sure I'm infused by everything’ and I'm (now) aware that I'm not going to be totally passionate about every single element of the business.”
  • “I totally agree about sort of giving someone a leash to run. I've really had the most amazing orchestra manager intern this summer. We have this whole job description. You do librarian duties, all this stuff, and then we made the decision to go completely digital and use iPads, so her whole job description changed. Then all the staff meet for the first time on the course as well so it was jumping straight into the fire and she just absolutely smashed it. So I'd go to ask how things were going and she'd already thought of all the problems that were coming up, already fixed them all and had already solved them without me having to worry about anything. When it works well, it's an absolute dream. Once you meet people you get on with creatively and you respect I think it makes it much easier to do the navigating side of things.”
  • “This is the most amazing time for anyone to create any business or do anything to improve themselves. In the past, let's say even 20 years ago, I'd not be able to do this. Before, you'd have to go to a library and go and talk to the clerk and work out what books you might want and go and find them. Read the back of them. Make the choice which one you want to take home. Take it home. Read it. Find out it's not good. Come back. Even after three weeks you only learn one thing. Whereas now at your fingertips you can find a YouTube tutorial or a blog that someone has done that can tell you how to do it within two minutes and not leave your house or have to put anything over on top of your pajamas. It's unbelievable.”
  • “I think we're living through the most amazing period of change, not just society-wise, but also in classical music. The organizations, particularly in the UK, that are in the establishment just haven't worked out what's going on and aren't adapting to societal change and the technology change as well. I think they're miles behind in general. So you can completely carve your own path by working out how you can get round these gatekeepers now.”
  • “Of late I've had a little bit of attention, people want me to go and talk at places. I find it quite interesting because I'm doing exactly what I was doing three and a half years ago. Nothing's changed. But all of a sudden, one thing leads to another and you get more awareness as to who you are and what you're doing. Similar thing, ‘Oh, you're an overnight success’ and it's, ‘No, I've been working like 70 hours a week for the last however long. It's quite a time now.’”
  • “Also, even though I failed at the YouTube channel, it was an important learning success. The skills I learned from video editing and filming were then taken and put into the orchestra in summer. So it's not as though it's been an entire waste of time. I've come through it learning more and learning more about how to talk to people, learning some filming skills. So it's been beneficial in the long run. But yeah, it's totally important to talk about when things go wrong and I'd love to say the last three and a half years have been perfect and I'm some sort of demi-god, but sadly that's not the case.”

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 100 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:

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Article: Godin on difficult decisions

Andrew Hitz

Sometimes I deal with difficult decisions that I wish I didn't have to make in the worst way possible, I just put off making them. Hiding can be the easiest option for an entrepreneur (or a human) at times.

Seth Godin, in an as always brief blog post, breaks down how we can proceed when being forced to make a difficult decision.

(Note: The hardest part for me is ignoring sunk costs. That's really hard sometimes!)

Click the link in the tweet below.

TEM151: Keeping yourself inspired

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TEM151: Keeping yourself inspired

Some thoughts on keeping yourself inspired as an entrepreneur.

What You'll Learn

  • How reading two books on any subject will make you an expert who knows more about that subject than 98% of the world
  • Why seeing live music is so important to me as an entrepreneur
  • The importance of having friends that are smarter than me

***I want to hear from you! Please leave me a comment below sharing what you do to keep inspired as an entrepreneur. I'll share some of your answers on the next TEM.***

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 100 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

Article: Godin on the correlation between price and satisfaction

Andrew Hitz

Seth Godin's daily blog post was particularly good today. He talks about the relationship (or lack thereof) between price and satisfaction and includes this nugget about being sure you charge enough:

"Price is unrelated (in creating satisfaction), except for one thing: Charge enough that you can afford to actually keep your promise. The thrill of a low price disappears quickly, but the pain of a broken promise lasts a very long time."

I highly recommend taking 60 seconds to read the whole post.

Godin: Price and satisfaction

TEM150: How to 10x your progress and moving on quickly from your bad ideas - A conversation with Modacity's Marc Gelfo

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TEM150: How to 10x your progress and moving on quickly from your bad ideas - A conversation with Modacity's Marc Gelfo

Marc Gelfo is the CEO and co-founder of Modacity.

I can't believe we made it to 150 episodes together! Thank you to each and every one of you for listening and for giving TEM your attention. I wouldn't have made it past the 10th episode without you!

Next stop: 200!

 

What You'll Learn:

  • How Marc used his experiences with cognitive science to approach practicing his horn more efficiently
  • The need for an embouchure change after Marc was already making a living as a professional horn player that inspired him to create software to help himself and others practice more efficiently
  • How different his first idea in this space was compared to what Modacity is today
  • The startup accelerator he joined in Silicon Valley that really forced him to question whether his ideas were viable business ideas
  • Why you need to kill your bad ideas as fast as you possibly can (and how to go about starting that process if you're not good at it)
  • The difference between visionaries and integrators and why those two types of people work so well together (and why partnering with someone is frequently a better idea than trying to change your type)
  • How any musician can up their progress up to 10x

  • The two different kinds of expectations and the four reactions we can have to them (really good stuff!)

  • How Marc discovered the importance of team as he developed Modacity

  • Why bringing on advisers as teammates can compliment your weaknesses (and how to pitch them)

  • How he achieves balance in his life (this was a different answer than I’ve ever heard to this question)

  • Where Marc sees software for musicians going in the future

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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 100 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

TEM149: Don't blend in!

Andrew Hitz

TEM149: Don't blend in!

Why you need to double down on the only thing that makes you unique.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why the only thing that will ever make you truly unique is you
  • How to get people to consider hiring you to do what you instead of the thousands of other options
  • Why blending in is the worst thing an entrepreneur can ever do
  • A reminder that we're all pretty bad at everything until we do it a bunch
  • How I've attempted to brand TEM interviews a little differently than most podcasts
  • Action steps to not blend in:
    • Ask five people you trust what makes you stand out from everyone else in your corner of the music business and aggregate the list
    • Write down all of the ways you get yourself out to the world
    • Figure out specifically how to double down on what makes you you on each of those platforms
    • Design, execute and ship that content
    • Pay attention to whatever metrics you have deemed most useful to see if your new content has moved the needle at all

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 100 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

TEM148: Spotted Online featuring Sarah Von Bargen, Ramit Sethi and Seth Godin

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TEM148: Spotted Online featuring Sarah Von Bargen, Ramit Sethi and Seth Godin

Spotted Online features thought-provoking articles, podcast episodes and YouTube clips pertaining to all aspects of being a successful musical entrepreneur.

Today's featured content:

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

1. Help me get to my goal of $100 per episode on Patreon (only $16 to go!) by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 100 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

TEM147: Pivot, Persevere or Punt - A conversation with Lance LaDuke

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TEM147: Pivot, Persevere or Punt - A conversation with Lance LaDuke

We all have three options when faced with adversity. The key is figuring out which is the best path forward for any given situation.

This week's guest, Lance LaDuke, is my parter at Pedal Note Media, my former colleague with Boston Brass and the co-host of my other podcast, The Brass Junkies.

What You'll Learn:

  • The lesson Lance shares with every freshman at Carnegie Mellon right as they walk in the door

  • Why I named it The Entrepreneurial Musician and not The Musical Entrepreneur

  • The reason to try something now is because it will never go exactly how you think it’s going to go (it might even go better!)

  • The three options we have when faced with adversity
    • Pivot (This wall is really tall and I’m going to keep going but in a different direction)
      • Example #1: Lance learning trombone in order to win the Boston Brass audition
      • Example #2: Boston Brass keeping up with the movement of the market by collaborating with both the T'ang Quartet and Imani Winds
    • Persevere (You hit a wall and you just keep pedaling)
      • Example #1: The beginning of Pedal Note Media when it was a ton of work and we were losing money (for a good long while)
      • Example #2: How the Modern Musicking Center at Carnegie Mellon University took shape after years of Lance not quite figuring out exactly what it should look like
    • Punt (I’m giving up on this task so I can spend my time on something else)

      • Example #1: A group Lance formed 20 years ago that was great and well received in its short life but wasn’t the right thing moving forward for a host of reasons

      • Example #2: A show Lance produced called "Lance Learns to Play" (which was great and even got him a meeting at PBS!) that was far too much work for the return so he pulled the plug

Links:

1. Help me get to my goal of $100 per episode on Patreon (only $20 to go!) by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 100 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

Investing in yourself

Andrew Hitz

What a beautiful way of thinking about this. Every time I read a nonfiction book, I am investing in my business skills, musicianship or teaching abilities. Any time I read a fiction book, I am investing in my imagination.

I have taken plenty of online courses, attended conferences and master classes, and done any number of other things to invest in myself over the years. I had just never really thought of it that way.

But Ramit's framing of it will only help to ensure that I'll keep plugging away on my current book (Gary Vaynerchuk's Crushing It!) so I can get on to the next investment.

TEM146: Solving the right problem plus some thought on Gary Varynerchuk's latest book, Crushing It!

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TEM146: Solving the right problem plus some thought on Gary Varynerchuk's latest book, Crushing It!

Making sure we are attempting to solve the right problem plus thoughts on Gary Vaynerchuk's new book.

We are hiring an intern! Visit pedalnotemedia.com/intern to become a part of the Pedal Note Media family. Application deadline is August 1st so apply today!

Are you looking for a coach to take your career to the next level? Visit andrewhitz.com/consulting to join the many musicians who have used TEM Consulting to make more money and have a greater impact in the music business.

What You'll Learn in TEM146:

  • The main problem you should be trying to solve (a lot of us frequently don't quite get this right)
  • Some of my thoughts on Gary Vaynerchuk's fantastic new book, Crushing It!

Links:

1. Help me get to my goal of $100 per episode on Patreon (only $20 to go!) by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 100 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