This week, we will dive deeper into the fears that we share and introduce our last common fear, 'Fear #4'. But, before we move on, take a minute to reflect on last week's post.
Were you able to identify some of the tasks that you would like to accomplish, but felt that you had an "inability to compete"? Did you write them down? Did you research at least 3 ways to make some of those tasks happen? Did you realize that you can compete with the big players in the industry?
Getting yourself into that 'can-do' mindset is another really important step to push forward. Sure, there will be times where things will get rough, but *"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. - Kelly Clarkson"
Fear is by far the biggest obstacle that gets in the way of us doing what we want to do in our life. Fear that we're not good enough, fear that we don't have what it takes, fear that we'll slip back into old habits, and fear that we won't be able to adapt to change. Today, we'll be discussing the #4 fear that I found to be the most pertinent to artists and creators when it comes to licensing their music.
The fourth fear that I've found that not only artists, creators, my colleagues, but even I have dealt with myself, is finding the time to do all of this. It can be so overwhelming to imagine how many minutes/hours/days it can take to accomplish even a simple task. It's easy to ask, "Where do I find the time in my life with family, bills, relationships, friendships, work, practicing, and sports"? This is all part of life.
Our fear of not finding the time to follow our dreams can lead us down a path where we don't even end up trying. If you don't even try, how can you know if your dream will come true? People most often fail to plan. They don't plan to fail.
I've always found that where there's a will, there's a way -- I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true. It's worked for others and it has definitely worked for me. If you're determined, you will find the time or make the time for it. Sometimes, you might have to not do something for one week and move it to the next, to get something from your music done.
You have to schedule and budget your time accordingly while keeping in mind that life happens. This is how the pros do it.
The way that I find the time to do things in my life, while having a wife, kids, dogs, and work, is by having a specific calendar that I can view from my computer and my cell phone that can send me reminders/alerts. Then, I make a list of big tasks/projects that need to get done and I simplify them into smaller (more achievable) tasks. Then, I input the tasks/projects into my calendar and make sure that I stay on top of my schedule. For me, it is important to see things that need to get done in front of me to not forget and to perform to my fullest potential.
You can start by finding yourself a calendar that works for you that you can access on a computer and cell phone; or a journal that is easy to carry around. After obtaining that, you move on to writing down everything you want to accomplish. Then, you simplify big tasks/projects into small achievable tasks, weekly/monthly.
Let's say that this year, you want to learn how to orchestrate for strings. It would be very cool to know how to blend cello, violin, viola, and bass as an ensemble. The first couple of questions that you need to brainstorm on, are: How can I create a string quartet and orchestrate it properly? What do I need to do between January to December to accomplish that? Can this even be done in a year? After accomplishing that and composed a couple of compositions, how can I get this licensed on a TV show? How long will that take me?
That's quite an accomplishment to have in a year. If you learn how to orchestrate for strings, you can do a lot! You can also grow from there and say, "next year, I can learn how to orchestrate for brass". Also, keep in mind, if you learn how to license one song to a TV show this year, next year, you're going to be able to do three songs and then six and so on.
Finding the time to balance life and work is a great skill to have. We're very lucky and fortunate to have been given the gift to create art and music. However, it takes a lot of hard work and you have to find the time and the balance in-between, to live your life and enjoy it.
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Solution to Fear #4: If you sit down with a pen and journal/calendar (or find an electronic version), have a 'can-do' attitude, and budget your time, you can and will be able to find time for your craft.
You need to let go of self-doubt and stop viewing tasks as insurmountable. You must re-imagine that you have the ability to compete with the big players in the industry and that there are sources out there, like my Music Licensing Masterclass that you can take advantage of, to take you to the next level; and that you will either find the time or make the time to make your dreams come true!
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