Why You Don't Get A Manager... Yet.

I know you want a manager. And I know it's all overwhelming. It really is. There's too much stuff and you don't really know what to do or what not to do. And even when you know that, there's a good chance you have no clue how to actually do a lot of it. Music is a ridiculously complicated business. And there are a million great reasons to want a manager but there probably aren't a lot of reasons for a manager to want you.

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The Question Is Not "Do You Want It?" It's "Do You Want It ENOUGH?"

We've all done it. We say we want something but then we don't do the things we need to do to make it happen. We get busy. And distracted. And stressed. Quite often, the stuff that we're doing instead is totally legit. We're paying the bills and cleaning the house and helping our mom. But the fact is, "why" just doesn't matter. What we truly care about isn't measured by our intentions or regrets or how much we worry. It's measured by what we do.

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If You Don’t Know What You Want, No One Can Help You Get It. No One.

It's shocking to me how many musicians, artists and entrepreneurs don't know what they want from their lives OR their careers. Yet they have no idea why the people they're working with aren't helping them get it. They don't understand why they are frustrated and unhappy. Why they are working their asses off but don't feel like they're making any progress. It sounds kind of big and scary, but it's pretty simple when you boil it all down:

  1. Decide what you want from your life.
  2. Design a career that is a means to that end.
  3. Create a plan to build that career.
  4. Put it all on paper.
  5. Put together the team to put that plan into action.

Most people start at #5. Seriously. It's kind of absurd. And a lot of really successful people start at #2. So they build an amazing career and have a life that isn't anything like what they wanted. Oops! Skip any of those steps or do them in the wrong order and you're just spinning your wheels... hoping for a result that no one else even knows you want. And that sucks for you AND for them.

P.S. If you don't know how to do that, hire me. I do.  = )

POLL: Musicians On The Web

I'm curious to hear what platform you are using for your website. There are a lot of options out there, but I can't see that any one in particular is catching on. So it has me curious about what people on a budget are doing. Are you just letting your MySpace serve as home or are you going all out with a custom site? Please vote in the poll below and leave me a comment with any details you can about how you like it, what other services you use (BandCamp, ArtistData, etc.) and just general thoughts. Thanks. [polldaddy poll=2049837]