TEM126: Cathy Heller on Getting a Major Record Deal Yet Still Failing, Being Analytical About Your Approach to the Music Business and Persevering Until You Close the Gap
Oh man is this a good one! Cathy Heller is just one of those incredibly uplifting people who always makes you feel better after to speak with them. I just love hearing someone who has had such a huge amount of success in our business who is also so grounded on a human level. Those are the people I try to emulate.
From the Show Notes:
TEM126: Cathy Heller of the Don't Keep Your Day Job Podcast on Getting a Major Record Deal Yet Still Failing, Being Analytical About Your Approach to the Music Business and Persevering Until You Close the Gap
Cathy Heller is a hugely successful singer-songwriter, the owner of Catch the Moon Music and the mother of three children under the age of six (!) living in LA.
What You'll Learn:
- How getting two different major record deals in LA still didn’t lead to any commercial success for Cathy
- How cycling through “real” jobs for two years helped her realize that she had to be true to herself and make music for a living
- The very thorough research method she used to get her songs successfully placed on television and film
- The various things she offers today including her own agency, an online course and a podcast “Don’t Keep Your Day Job” which is all about reverse-engineering your dream job (which led to a book deal with a major publisher)
- Why intentionally writing for commercial success is not selling out
- How the key to commercial success in business is making something that someone else wants
- Why self-perception is such a powerful thing and can easily derail even the most successful person
- How ever though a stadium full of people listen to each episode of her podcast, she really is only talking to one person at a time
- A songwriting exercise she does to help get ideas out (which is applicable to anyone doing anything)
- The importance of sticking with something until you can close “the gap”
- The Access Program
- Catch the Moon Music
- Ira Glass - The Gap
- Zync Music
- TEM on Instagram
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Produced by Andrew Hitz