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How Do You "Unleash" Your Musical Talents
By Bob Baker
Let's talk some more about artist empowerment -- one of my
favorite topics lately ...
Several weeks ago I presented one of my first "Unleash the
Artist Within" workshops. While promoting the event, I
discovered that different people have different
interpretations of what it means to "unleash" themselves
as an artist.
Many people assumed at first that the workshop was about
developing your creativity, along the lines of Julia
Cameron's book, "The Artist's Way." Some of what I talk
about does relate to giving yourself permission to create
and feeling worthy to do so, but my definition of "unleash"
is more far-reaching than that.
What do I mean by "Unleash the Artist Within"? Well, I
believe that to be a successful musician, you must be willing
- Unleash your creative leanings, artistic inclinations and
natural talents. Yes, exercising your creativity has many
benefits. For one, it's personally rewarding. Denying
yourself the opportunity to write, perform and record music
can lead to stagnation and frustration. By feeding and
answering the call of your creative urges, you improve the
quality of your own life while enriching the world with
- Unleash your potential to create something of beauty or
significance. When you take action on your musical interests,
you bring your ideas to life. Too many people only dream
about their creative desires and never see their talents
materialize. When you "unleash the artist within," you
transform your music into a tangible form that can be
enjoyed, experienced and shared. And that's a powerful thing.
- Unleash your belief in yourself. While you're busy
unleashing, be sure to set free your confidence, desire,
optimism and enthusiasm. Many creative people are plagued
by fear and doubt. It's no wonder, with all the misguided
"struggling artist" advice heaped on creative people. Don't
buy into it. Your fears are self-imposed. So brush the
self-doubt aside and choose to let your belief in yourself
- Unleash your creative gifts and your artistic contribution
to the world. Playing music and being recognized for your
talents feels good. It's this personal reward that draws most
people to music in the first place. However, I believe the
most successful musicians quickly evolve and begin putting
more emphasis on the benefits they deliver to fans. Making
an artistic contribution and sharing your unique brand of
music should be the ultimate thing that drives you. And,
interestingly, putting a priority on your fans leads to more
personal satisfaction for you.
- Unleash your worthiness to receive and be rewarded for
your creative contributions. I also believe that empowered
musicians go through three stages: 1) Playing music for
themselves. 2) Playing music for the benefit of others. And 3)
Playing music for profit. But many people get hung up on #3.
To truly "unleash the artist within" you must know that
making money with your talents is not only acceptable, it's
part of the abundant nature of the universe. You have
something of value to offer, and you deserve to be rewarded
for your contribution to the world.
To hammer home these thoughts on why it's important to
"unleash," let me share a great quote from Patanjali, who
is credited with founding the philosophy of yoga more than
2,000 years ago:
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some
extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds:
Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness
expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new,
great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and
talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a
greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."
Think about that as you contemplate your rightful place in
Till next time ... get out there and promote yourself!