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    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.



    Rejection & Praise
    By Tim Sweeney (http://www.TSAMusic.com)

    Over the years, I have written a few articles on rejection and done several workshops including ones at MusicStrategies.com about it. In continuing the philosophy of what you have been learning in the previous articles, Wait! Before You Write Your New Marketing Plan... and Learn From Your Fans Regarding CD Sales, I want to take a few minutes to remind you of some important points.

    Artists often interpret rejection as a personal attack. Since we usually view it as that to start with, we get emotional about it. But we need to stop and be analytical about it.

    Rejection is easy for others to give. All they have to do to generate it is simply not listen to your music, not pay attention to what you are saying or merely offer some worthless comment. For example, someone may say, “I don’t want your CD sampler because I don’t like your genre of music.” But we interpreted it, as they didn’t like “our” music. Instead we should find out which artists they like and if we are similar. Someone may leave the club after the previous group is done and when you ask them to stay, they state they were only there to see the other artist. We see that as rejection. Maybe their not staying because the last few times they did stay after their friend’s band, the other people weren’t very good and they assumed it would be the same thing again. (We have all had that experience. The one where we wondered how the booking guy ever came up with that line up!)

    We are all susceptible to rejection. Most of the time the person offering it doesn’t have any valid reason other than trying to draw attention to themselves by offering it. Recently I had someone say, “I don’t think sample CDs work.” I said, “If you have found something better I would love to learn about it from you.” They just stood there and said, “I just don’t think they work.” When I asked him if he had experiences making “proper” ones and handing them out he stated, he had never made one or ever given any out. Again some people love to draw attention to themselves without offering any viable or valid alternatives or input.

    That’s the whole point. As I brought up in the previous article, if someone doesn’t want to buy your CD at your next show ask them why. What didn’t they like about your show. Listen carefully and closely to what they say. Is there something of value there? Can you learn something from what they are saying? Can you make changes that will be beneficial to you, your music, your show?

    This should be your strategy when it comes to receiving praise. While you are thankful for receiving it, be analytical. Understand what people love about your songs. What are they connecting to? How can you use what you have learned to connect with even more people?

    While I will cover this subject in much greater detail at Music Strategies (http://www.MusicStrategies.com) in June, remember this point. People are at different points in their journey through life. Sometimes they can’t hear what you are saying because they are lost in their momentary problems. This can be frustrating to artists like you and I because part of “our calling” in music is to educate and refocus people with our lyrics and music. But sometimes you can’t. They’re in a place where they can’t hear you.

    So the next time someone rejects you or says they love your music, listen to what they are really trying to say and determine for yourself how valuable they are to you.



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