When they interviewed Bruce Houghton on the CD Baby DIY Music Podcast, I stopped what I was doing many times to take notes.
The old model: A manager works with a record label who does promotion.
The new model: Managers and labels look for artists with the ability to draw at least a hundred people in three or four markets. They ask: Does it have momentum? Do they have a good team? They don’t look at the band, they look at the audience for a niche and ability to bring people out, give them a good time, something to talk about, tell friends.
It’s a new world, and not always an easy one, but Bruce believes (as I do) that the new model provides greater hope of a good middle-class income for artists who can play the new game.
Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen
Seth Godin says:
Blogging is free. It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it. What matters is the humility that comes from writing it. What matters is the meta-cognition of thinking about what you’re going to say. How do you explain yourself…How do you force yourself to describe, in three paragraphs, why you did something. How do you respond out loud.
If you’re good at it, some people are going to read it. If you’re not good at it, and you stick with it, you’ll get good at it…basically you’re doing it for yourself to force yourself to become part of the conversation, even if it’s just that big. And that posture change changes an enormous amount.
What you want is a steady diet of more interesting, more challenging, more provocative projects….Think about great gigs. – Seth Godin
Who is searching for you? They meet you somewhere… they’re interested, perhaps want to work with you… can they find you? What do they search for? What do they find? Who has defined you? Does it represent you? Make sure you do that.
A static site is ok for your product, your brochure, but the Web has progressed, people want to see what you’re doing now, your activity, your expertise. Google rewards relevance, recency, and referrals, so be relevant, be recent, and be cool so that you’ll want to share yourself and so will everyone else.
What to do.
Start a blog. Start making a dynamic Web-presence for yourself, your organization, team, church, book group, photography, art, cause, hobby. Blogger is simple, all one page. WordPress a is powerful little CMS, easy, and user-friendly. Start telling a story. At the very least, fill our your Google profile.
Join a network. It doesn’t matter if it’s a list-serve, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Comment on a blog you read, share your videos on YouTube or pictures on Flickr, but find your people, engage, converse, help, define a community. At the very least set up a Google alert for something and monitor it. Fill out your Google profile.
Figure out who you are, what’s unique and valuable about you, and participate in the world by representing yourself, finding your people, contributing, sharing, and leading. This is how you get the good gigs.
I’ve been reading Tribes by Seth Godin, so I thought I’d try to state what our tribes are, plain and simple.
My wife Maile is leading the tribe of people who know that the right thing to do is to teach immigrants English at work.
I hope to help lead the tribe of artists and non-profits who want to use the Web to accomplish their missions, dreams. I’m a digital ambassador teaching anyone how to create a killer Web presence and connect effectively with their supporters.
you’re on to something good, you pig
piggly wiggly pig
sneakin’ down the aisle
you think I don’t see your sneaky smile
ha! you’re a ridiculous mound of matter
with that mouth of yours
you made me feel demure
but I’m never that unsure
unless you knew me way back when
you are my oldest friend
since way back when we lived in Houston
under the bridge where scarlet skies
sang lullabies of long ago ways
hazy days and mudpies
eye to eye, hip to hip…baby’s swingin’
on her mamma’s hip
sucking on her thumb
seeing only shapes with eyes
babytalk in sing-song rhyme