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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.


    Make A Fresh Start... Dream Big and Do Your Homework!
    by Posted By Les Vogt

    Making resolutions is easy. The hard part is keeping them. You have likely already broken the promises you made to yourself on December 31st... so, think about simplifying them.

    If you are one of the many performers slogging it out every month just to get by, feeling generally unfulfilled and dissatisfied with your progress to date, make yourself a promise right now... When 2007 rolls around, you won't be in the same boat.

    This is basically an extension to last month's article... since you've probably already broken most of your New Year's resolutions by now, let's come at it from another angle. When it comes to success, the obstacles are many. Not the least of which is our emotional state of mind. We have to find the missing pieces that are emotionally holding us back in all aspects of our lives. The missing pieces can be qualities such as acceptance, support, recognition, encouragement and respect... all of those good things we are supposed to get as children from our parents but often don't.

    Once you determine what is missing, you can better understand how to make a correction. For example, if acceptance is missing, you might start putting yourself first and stop overextending yourself by taking care of friends and needy people in a desperate search for acceptance. It's a simple solution but it works. If you don't know what pieces you are missing, get some help. There are good counselors everywhere who can likely zero in on what's missing on your first visit.

    Business relationships can turn around almost instantly because artists tend to seek out agents, managers and promoters who fill in the missing pieces and who often have those pieces missing (and perhaps a screw or two) themselves. Thus, we can easily fall into a highly co-dependent relationship with such people. When you do your homework and avoid the old pitfalls, you'll find all aspects of your life will actually improve significantly in a short period of time.

    Here's a few easier steps you can take to save a little face on your lost resolutions and help smooth the road toward a more disciplined and successful 2006...

    Focus On The Positive - A great career move is about what you're moving toward, not what you're moving away from. If you're simply looking for an escape hatch, you're unlikely to make a choice that will be fulfilling and lead to success. You'll recognize the correct opportunities when they light up your eyes and get you motivated for positive reasons.

    Talk, Talk, Talk - Talk to friends and family about your career dreams. Talk to people you know about their career journeys, seek out people with careers to which you aspire and find out how they got to where they are. Gather information wherever you can and let people know what kind of opportunities you're looking for so they can send leads your way.

    Surf The Marketplace - Scan the internet for anything remotely close to your skill set... even if you're not sure what you're looking for. The more you read about agents, producers and venues, the more familiar you'll become with what they are looking for, which skills are in demand and which businesses are growing. Becoming familiar with the current market will help you match your interests and talents up to the available opportunities.

    Edit Your E-Mails - E-mails are great time savers, but as communication forms, they can be misinterpreted, leading to unpleasant consequences. A one-word reply can convey anger or impatience to the recipient. To prevent misunderstandings, be unfailingly polite in your e-mails. Begin and end your e-mails with a salutation. Use "Dear" or "Hi" before the person's name. Finish your email with a "Thanks", "Bye for now" or "Cheers", or some other suitable sign-off. Read your e-mail over a few times before you send it. Correct spelling errors. Use a conversation tone in your e-mails. Do not use caps. It looks like you are SHOUTING at the reader. Elevating your communication etiquette adds a professional touch that is sure to pay dividends down the road.

    Timing Is Everything - Being on time for meetings and appointments are difficult for most of us. It takes a little work, but it will be well worth it. Choose a particular meeting that you always have a hard time getting to on time. Decide to get there on time two out of three times. Then, up the ante and try to get there on time every time. Being on time takes a little planning, schedule preparation and travel time, but is well worth the effort. We are often judged on our ability to be prompt and on time for our meetings and appointments. Don't overlook the value gained from such a simple task. Being a little more considerate all round is one way to experience some personal and professional success quickly and easily.

    You can make this your year... start simple by finding some practical, achievable goals. And remember a fresh start doesn't mean starting with nothing. As you monitor and adjust, or even move in another direction, you bring with you the sum of all your work and accomplishments to date - and that can be an amazing starting point for finding career satisfaction in 2006.

    Posted By Les Vogt
    Author's site: http://www.members.shaw.ca/lesvogt
    Les Vogt is an independent producer, promoter and entertainment consultant.
    Contact: lesvogt@shaw.ca

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