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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

You Call That a Comfort Zone?

No, THIS is a Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Just Don’t Get Stuck There…


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.