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Submit Your Music Business Questions Today

It’s been been far too long!

It may not be the best thing to reignite our friendship by asking a favor of you…but oh well, I’m gonna ask anyway.

Can you please tell me what you want to know?!

I’m going to begin writing articles to help  get you to that next level, no matter where you are now.

BUT I want to make sure I give you the right information, the information that will solve your problems.

Getting to the next level is only a matter of knowing the right information. Take control of your music career. Let me give you the knowledge to do so.

So, without further ado, look at the article ideas below.

If you like the idea, just leave a comment below with that article name or number. You can write more than one, OR even write your own.

Help me help you. The articles that get mentioned move to the top of my list to write.

So let’s get started.

  1. How to get your first check from music
  2. How to book your first show
  3. Beat Leasing Breakdown, and which you should go with
  4. How long does it take to make it in music?
  5. When is the right time to quit pursuing music?
  6. How to get your first music deal
  7. How to reach out for collaborations
  8. Should you stay an independent artist or sign to a label?
  9. How much money can you make in music?
  10. Which investments are right for your music?
  11. How to become the best music artist
  12. How to get your #music on itunes
  13. How to get more fans
  14. Will you ever be a successful artist?
  15. Traits of successful music artists
  16. How to get your first manager
  17. Step by step tutorial for releasing your first album
  18. How to put out the best quality album
  19. Marketing strategies for your first album release
  20. Music and Taxes
  21. When to set up a business license for your music
  22. How to go from bedroom artist to major label
  23. How to double your #music fan base
  24. Should you make music for yourself, or for your fans?
  25. How to quit your day job and pursue music full time

Thank you so much for taking the time to go through them. Again, be sure to comment below the article you would like to be written first. Help me help you.

Knowledge is a dangerous thing.

-Trent aka JustDreamz

I Have Powers No One Else Knows About

Last night, my fiancé and I watched the Academy Award winning movie Birdman. If you have some spare time and spare change, I would recommend picking it up at your local Redbox. While it doesn’t particularly grab me in a way that makes me want to watch it multiple times, it does give a refreshing story that contrasts the summer blockbuster season we are currently in. At the end, I could tell my fiancé wasn’t a fan, but nonetheless, for me, seeing the continuous shot technique used throughout the movie makes it worth $1.27…or whatever Redbox raised the price to these days.

Anyway, I wanted to discuss a particular theme that was brought up in the beginning of the movie. When you get introduced to the main character, Riggan Thomson, you see him levitating in his dressing room. It’s later discussed, helped by the conversation between him and his inner “Birdman”, that he is different from everyone else in the world. It seems as though he has played this superhero on the big screen while having actual super powers in real life. While questions and dialogue pop up throughout the movie guiding the audience think more and more that he is the real deal, there is a scene that makes you wonder if any of this is true. Does he have these powers we were made to believe, or is he just wacko in the middle of a nervous breakdown?

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the director leaves that distinction up to us. We get to make our own conclusions in the same manner we make our own conclusions about ourselves. I’ve found that while I’m in the process of following my dreams, I’m met with questions from myself and others on if I am in fact the “real deal”. Do I actually have the talent to succeed? Do I actually have the drive and consistency to succeed? Am I crazy for even trying this?

Since in my cases we do not get the instant gratification we desire, it can be disheartning to feel a power inside yourself,  yet have no one else recognize you for it. While I know that success is only seen by others years after hard work it is put in, I’ve learned that no matter what, I have the power to make my own conclusions about the journey to get there. I know I can do it, it’ll just take some time before everyone else sees it too…and I’m fine with that.


Your Biggest Asset

Yesterday, I shared a video about the importance of time. It went on to explain that our time is in fact our biggest asset. When looking at professional soccer, basketball, or baseball players, we lose sight that they had, and still do have the same amount of minutes in a week as anyone else to spend working on a craft. They are only in that position because of how they spent their time previously. The beauty is that no one person in this world is gifted with extra time, but the difference comes in how you spend each minute of your day. We all have the same capacity for success, though it only comes when value is created by putting in the work now to see the rewards later. So do you spend your time “chilling”, or do you spend it working towards some goal?

Spend your time according to its value in the same manner you would spend your money. I know this may be an unpopular stance, but I don’t buy Jordan’s because their value does not match the price tag in my eyes. They look nice sure, and if someone gave them to me you’d see me in them the same day, but I won’t spend that amount of money for something that doesn’t return the same value. That’s just bad business.

The next time you find yourself getting caught up in facebook, twitter, or even watching TV, ask yourself if you really value that more than doing something to reach your goals.

Back at it Again

It’s time to get back on my grind.


Checking Out

Today is my last day before vacation starts. I didn’t think I would have the temptation to check out mentally yet, but boy was I wrong. When learning the game of baseball they always tell you to run through to first. Don’t do it half-assed. Unfortunately, I don’t always take that to heart in all of my endeavors.

It’s Friday. It’s nice outside. I’m off from work next week. Those are all facts. I can change how I feel though, and what that means to me. I have a job to do today, so let’s get it. I know, easier said than done…Gotta strive for something right?


P.S. Let’s go Wizards and Orioles!

Am I Really Bout That Life?

Only Time Will Tell

Last night, right before I went to bed, my fiance posed the task that I should write, record, and perform a song for her during our wedding reception………………

Wait What?!

You can not imagine the nerves that shot through my body at the sight of this text message. I began to play it back and forth in my mind over and over again. I thought, “But what would her family think? What would my family think? What if they don’t like it? What if she doesn’t like it?” Every bone in my body was telling me this was a bad idea. I already felt some type of pressure to not “F*** it up” during such a special and memorable occasion, and the idea of this didn’t help one bit.

After a while, the nerves passed and I started to really think about it. I haven’t sung in front of a crowd since the 3rd grade, and what a crazy way this would be to make my comeback. I always brag to her about how I come up with the best hooks, and I guess now is my time to back it up. I know I’m no Chris Brown or Trey Songs but maybe if I truly express how much I love her, then maybe singing talent doesn’t matter.

[bctt tweet=”I truly don’t know if I will or I won’t, but I do know it might be a good idea start looking into some singing lessons. ” via=”no”]


You Need it to Live

This morning I woke up feeling unbelievably tired and groggy. As you know from yesterday’s post, I go to the gym in the morning before work. In the past, if I felt tired whatsoever, I knew it was a sign that today’s gym session just wasn’t meant to be. I figured it would be a bad workout anyway, and not worth my time. Thankfully my feelings have changed, and not to mention I wanted to keep my recent streak of going to the gym alive. Today at least, was a success. I was able to pull myself out of bed an make it to the gym in a reasonable amount of time.

The part of this story I want to focus on though, is why I was tired and groggy. Last night, I went to my friend Buscemi’s apartment to fix up a song we were working on (It’s going to be a hit record by the way). One of the choruses got out of wack, so he wanted me to rearrange it to be in time with the rest of the song. I figured, since I was going over anyway, I might as well make a night of it and bring something to drink; some adult beverages if you will.

The night went well, a little too well in fact. We fixed everything and people were really feeling the song, but I also ended up drinking more than I probably should have, and got dehydrated. This brought up another unsuspecting challenge I have to talk about, but I’ll save that for another day. I tried drinking some water before I went to bed, but the damage was already done.

Water is needed to live of course, but water is also needed to perform optimally. I woke up in the morning and did what I had to do, but as you can imagine, it definitely wasn’t the best it could have been done. I found that just like I needed water to make my morning easier, I also needed to get my “mind right” in order to make my journey to fulfill a dream easier. If having the right mindset isn’t your issue, don’t be afraid to examine what else you might be missing. Find what might make your life easier. Find your “water”.

Happy Mother’s Day

As I get older, I see the importance to be with family and friends more and more. Take a moment to recognize each and every person, not only on holiday’s, but whenever you have a chance. For all that we want and desire in life, remember to give out the same.


In the Zone

Whats up guys and gals? I know it’s been a while but I wanted to let you know I’m still here. You can’t get rid of me that easily! Today I want to talk about being “In the Zone!” From my last post until now, I’ve been searching for that tool that’s going to get my mind right. For me, as many of you out there have possibly dealt with, it’s hard to stay in that mindset of creation and building. My site, my music, and my business have all taken more time to develop than I initially thought. I compare each skill to learning how to walk or read as a child. They were so challenging in fact, I must admit, I got burnt out. That’s why there are no videos, Facebook posts, and daily updates. I really needed to take some time and get back to the basics; re-brand myself. Lately, it’s all been about the music. I felt the music I put out wasn’t on par with what I thought I needed. If the goal is to put out the best music I can, and if I’m not doing that, whats the point really? [bctt tweet=”It’s been long overdue to push myself to the next level. It’s been long overdue to grow.”]

In saying all that, I feel I’ve really hit my stride with feeling good about pursuing my dream. My music sounds better, and I’m doing things that make me excited to work on my craft each day. Gradually, I’ll add everything back in and come back even better. I guess you could say, I’m finally “In the Zone.”

Why It All Matters

[bctt tweet=”For every person that reads this sentence, YOU are why it matters.”]

Contrary to what your parents may have wanted, I gave you your dessert first. It’s true. The reason why any of this matters, and why it pays to keep going, is because of everyone that happens to see, hear, or read what you put into this world. Now, it’s time to add that nutritional value.

Nobody Really Cares

Unfortunately, that’s what I thought about putting out videos and content. I know this seems depressing, but at some level, this is what I truly believed. Around February I ended up using this as an excuse when I lost that wave of motivation. Before that, I was on a roll. I had at least 4-5 videos out every week just doing what I knew I had to do; but at some point, after getting no comments, no likes, no “oh that was a good video”, I started to feel like no one watched, and really cared for that matter. I do have to say that right around that time I was also big on saving money, and still am, so I didn’t get any paid advertising. Now if you’ve been following your passion or building something from the ground up, you’ve probably realized that it’s a trade off. You either spend that effort reaching out personally, or you pay for an ad to do it for you. I didn’t feel that it was essential to budget for it, but I also didn’t want to put in the effort to do it manually. I’m sure you see the problem. Either way, as much of a contributing factor this was to not getting “seen”, I didn’t keep putting up the new content to be “seen”.

I Can’t Tell If I’m Doing This Right

It went on like this for about a month, only putting up like 2 videos. I told myself, “I’m going to re-brand my channel, and make it more music related.” If you look at my YouTube Channel, it’s filled with motivational videos, mainly because that was my biggest challenge in taking that plunge, and also keeping up with it. Even for that, I  still felt I needed to better showcase my music talent, because at the end of the day, the goal is to help artists, create a bond, and give value. This way, if you’re ever in the market to buy a beat, you think of ME! Like I said, that was the plan, but in the real world, I think I just positioned myself as a motivational speaker who did music on the side; not the other way around, which is what I intended.

Everything is Pulling Me Away

Still, more and more things ended up taking me farther away from my intentions as well. I ended up doing some work on mixing my friend’s album “Duck Confit”,  coming out 4/1/15. It should be posted to his Soundcloud, so be on the lookout for that. I also started to diet down for the summer, and if you aren’t aware, trying to lose 20-30 pounds again takes some effort, both mentally and physically. It came down to my priorities being shifted. Putting out content was not high on my list anymore.

But You Never Know Who’s Watching

It went on like this until recently when one day a person I went to college with messaged me on Facebook. He said, “How’s everything going, I haven’t seen you post anything lately.” He definitely didn’t say anything life changing, but reading that last part meant that when I thought that no one cared or no one was watching, someone was. When I thought that it didn’t matter if I missed putting out content, someone noticed.

Why It All Matters

I was watching this webinar put on by the Empower Network and one of the guys said, “You are like a business. If you go to a bank during the business hours and it’s closed, you would be mad. If people can’t trust that you will be there to give content and value, then why go back to you or that bank?” I think it summed my problem up beautifully. The interaction and all the things I think I’m missing out on come with time, so why don’t I FOCUS on the interaction and all the things I have now? Have you ever encountered this in your business? Was this something that took time to realize?

If you’ve made it this far, thank you again for taking the time to read this and I hope you keep this in mind even when it’s hard to. Don’t forget to put your email in the top right box, OR click here to get a copy of “3 Reasons Why You Need to Follow Your Dreamz” as well as a free beat

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