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Warning Signs You May Be Taking Yourself Too Seriously

Sometimes the best way to see problems with yourself is to watch someone else act exactly like you do. The behaviors of other people doing just what you do should cause you to pause, reflect, and go “Don’t I do the exact same thing? Oh, that’s gotta change!” I say this because I’m guilty of …

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Have A Conversation And Make A Ruckus With Seth Godin

As a relationship builder, it’s a dream to try to have a conversation with someone you think is so huge you’ll never get to talk with them. Recently, a good friend challenged me to give it a go anyways. He told me to pick someone I think is so successful and famous, it’d be extremely …

Bird Thomas On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

Bird Thomas On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

The DIY Artist Route Podcast continues on in 2016 and I’m so excited to present this conversation with you. Bird Thomas is one of my dearest friends who also embodies strengths that I am inspired by regarding connecting with people. To put it simply, Bird is a very uncommon person. You can generally tell when …

Jerzy Jung, The DIY Artist Route And You

Jerzy Jung, The DIY Artist Route And You

Jerzy Jung embodies everything you can imagine for a DIY artist. She is a musician, actress, music teacher, and practitioner of the golden rule. Her songwriting is comparable to that of Regina Spektor in how she takes common, everyday elements and pieces them together to tell a much bigger story. Her song Black Dress/White Dress …

Benji Rogers, The DIY Artist Route & You

Benji Rogers, The DIY Artist Route & You

Episode 8: Benji Rogers by D Grant Smith on Mixcloud   If you want real success in the creative industries, music in particular, you’ve got to aim your audience growth at connecting with a particular type of fan. You want the diehard, passionate superfan who will break their bank (and their backs) to support your …

The Power Of A Super Fan For Your Music

When you think of one of your Super Fan, who comes to mind? Are there attributes of this person that you can identify? It’s important to recognize one very important characteristic to this person so that you can fully appreciate the impact they have on your music. It has everything to do with choice, selection …

The DIY Artist Route & You -Matthew Belair

The DIY Artist Route & You -Matthew Belair

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” -Lao Tzu The DIY Artist Route & You Series continues, now in its 4th episode, in a special conversation with Matthew Belair. Matthew is a sports psychology expert and founder of Zen Athlete. He’s an expert at winning by having a strong mental game, and showing …

Chandler Coyle, The DIY Artist Route And You

Chandler Coyle, The DIY Artist Route And You

The DIY Artist Route has taken on a new life. This time, instead of talking with a musician I decided to get some perspective off the beaten path. Chandler Coyle is a music industry expert. He has decades of experience in helping musicians in a variety of ways, from website building to marketing. He is …