Can You Make a Living as a Music Artist?

There are all sorts of myths and assumptions surrounding the life of a “starving artist.” It’s not uncommon for people to abandon pursuing their passions for a “real job” with the perception that life as an artist is too difficult, unrealistic and requires mostly luck. Many people believe that you are either a starving artist …
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The Cure for “Second Verse Curse”

As a songwriter, I’ve never been short of general ideas for songs. I could be simply driving or washing the dishes when I’m hit with a cool hook for a chorus or a nice melody for a verse. Turning that idea into a fully-functioning four-minute song, however, can feel like stapling Jello to a tree. …
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Finding Your Musical Voice

For much of my life, I wanted badly to be a better songwriter. I took the advice from my teachers and wrote almost every day, but it seemed like I was just pumping out one mediocre tune after another. Sure, songwriting takes practice like any other skill, but I was missing two key components of …
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How Practicing Yoga Made Me a Better Musician

I started my yoga journey when I was sixteen. What began as a weekly bonding session with my mom and Aunt eventually evolved into a twice-daily ritual for me. Initially, I was keen on the idea of a one-size-fits-all workout routine that included a neat package of stretching, strength-building, and cardio. I later discovered that …
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The 3 Biggest Myths About Motivation

Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but I grew up in a world where we were all told that you can do anything you put your mind to. That anything is possible with a pinch of persistence and a bit of elbow grease! We’re given a lot of grandiose statements without anyone clearly defining exactly what motivation is and …
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