This may be just the ‘kick in the pants’ I need

Music Success in Nine Weeks book cover

OK, a little background is in order. Two years ago I bought Ariel Hyatt’s book Music Success in Nine Weeks after hearing her speak at the Taxi Road Rally. I read through most of it, but skipped the exercises that accompany each chapter. You know how it goes, other priorities pop up, time goes by, and I sort of forgot to go back and do the exercises. I kept the book on the top of the pile, so it was always nearby, where I could see it out of the corner of my eye when I was sitting in my home office/music studio/spare bedroom.

Cut to a week ago, when I read about Ariel’s Music Success in 9 Weeks Blogging Challenge. I thought, ‘this may be just the kick in the pants I need.’ The rules are minimal: read the book, one chapter a week, do the exercises and blog about it, one blog entry per chapter. In order to qualify for the contest, all you need to do is create nine blog entries, taking your readers through your experience and blog about what you are learning, how it is helping, where you where you are getting stuck, etc. etc. This is the 2nd time she’s run this challenge. You can read comments from previous participants here.

The rules are minimal: read the book, one chapter a week, do the exercises and blog about it, one blog entry per chapter.

The artist who has come the furthest using the techniques in the book will receive a complimentary Headliner Cyber PR campaign for three months. This campaign is worth $1,595 and will get your music into the hands of bloggers, podcasters and online radio station DJs.

So how did my first week go? Well, I got to page 16, including the reading and the exercises, which is about halfway through chapter one. Already behind! The reading goes quickly, but it’s very thought provoking and the exercises are even more so. I have some major work to do (goal-setting exercises) before I can move on to chapter 2.

The good news is, with just the first 16 pages, I have committed to doing 5 things a day that need to be done and will impact my music career. (Maybe doing the exercises can count as one of the 5 things). That is no small potatoes, given the day job, the night gigs, the songwriting and the home life. If I can even keep this much going, I can foresee big changes.

Some examples of the 5 little successes I achieved this week – nothing to write home about individually, but they add up and build on each other: sent a song to a Broadjam film opportunity, worked with my bandmates, graphic designer and CD manufacturer to finalize the cover graphic for our next CD (lots of back and forth emails and phone calls), sent an mp3 of a children’s song I co-wrote to several people who are in the position to use it and share it, hooked up some musicians to back me up at an upcoming gig, finalized the gig with the promoter and made cold calls to find some new bookings. Like I said, none of these are earth-shaking in and of themselves, but the trick is to keep doing it. And it is a bit of a mind trick – a little extra motivation.

Reaching for the Sun - Soulpajamas CD cover

Next post, I’ll let you know how week 2 goes.

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2 Responses to “This may be just the ‘kick in the pants’ I need”

  1. Ariel Hyatt Says:

    Great work so far on the blog challenge. You are a little behind, but no worries you’ll have ample time to catch up. I’m glad to hear you have already identified five sub goals which you want to accomplish. Keep up the good work!

    -Ariel

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