CREATE YOUR OWN STORY

Why would you want to create your own story as a musician? The answer is to sneak out under the oppression of the musical industry and stand out with the unique gift you have.

Why would you need to create your own story


Telling your story makes you relatable and audiences just love the personal connection to you and your music

create your own story

Creating your story brand is called content marketing in today’s world as opposed to self advertisement. It is actually 62% cheaper and three times faster than promotional campaigns and advertising.

Furthermore, it doesn’t consist in advertising a list of your achievements, but rather focuses on personal and individual traits that people can resonate with. Relating to you and your story will help them see their own story and give them hope.

So let’s have a look at this vital element marketing your talent: Create your own story and tell it effectively. Learn how to do that in a charismatic, artistic and effortless way while becoming more clear about why you do what you do and why you should do even more of it!

What are the attributes of a good story


To create your own story effectively, let us have a look at the structure of great stories. They all have similar elements from ancient Greek Tragedy to Opera and Hollywood movies. Our brains are just wired to be receptive to its characteristics.

They usually consist of three parts, acts or episodes ending in victory or tragedy. Of course, we are interested in victory!

Furthermore, they might have an introduction and passages linking those building stones or commenting on them. But the basic structure does not change:

 

We start with a huge loss, an accident, a dramatic situation with an important impact. This leads us to doubt and struggle, delaying the good parts in our lives or even nearly blocking them completely.

In our case, the good outcome that was hindered, is our dream of living from our musical talent. We are protagonists in the story and meet pretty soon our antagonist(s), someone or something working against us.

Fortunately, there also is a friend, sage or positive influence keeping us and our dream alive. You will be surprised how many people can resonate with this.

Wait, this is not the end! – create your own story effectively

Luckily something positive happens, we meet someone, read a book, hear something on the radio, anything that catalyses good momentum and helps us reach up. Obviously, there are still going to be struggles, but our doubts subside and we feel hope again. We might be ridiculed or rejected, but they are moments that we know now that we can overcome. Our catalyst moment has given us the belief and energy to rise above those limitations, the inspiration to effective action and life change.

This is what most people are still waiting for. Hearing about your little victories to overcome the adversities installs new hope in them. Now they not only know what happened to you, but now they see themselves in you. Many of the things have happened to them too. This is a human. They will feel hopeful. If you can do it, they can do it too!

This is where your gift and talent becomes relevant to them. Most of them are in act two and are close to giving up. So they need a leader. It is not about you, but about them!

You do not need to have achieved the big end victory, it is enough to be currently living act three to inspire your audience.

Find out more how to build your story and be guided through it step by step on the Professional ARTIST Pathway.

If you wish to read an example story, please refer to the following article ——->

 

How to tell your story effectively


Appealing and educational story telling

Some storytelling fundamentals to create more and better stories with less effort. Actually telling a good story is natural to you! So it won’t be hard to implement the following:

 

Visualize your story and walk your audience through it. Let those visions come to life by giving details.

stage spacesI used to be a tour guide to be able to pay for my education and that helped a lot. I learned that your personal connection to the topic makes it more interesting. Often the tourists remembered my passion and that they would feel passionate too, but forgot some dry facts. They remember the feeling of living through certain stories with detailed descriptions of where and when. If you describe the main characters of your story with more detail, not exhaustively, but some gesture or trait that might have a strong emotional connotation. Just visualize those characters and pick the first thing that sticks out in your memory. Use fewer words, but describe and imitate gestures or actions.

Another good idea:


Using dialogues
by playing them out is also a very powerful tool in story telling. This way you can walk them through and they can build their own connection. This will lead them to relate to your personal events, as if they were their own and your bond is created. To strengthen it, use descriptions of all the senses, by telling how something smelled, what it sounded like and so on. In the musical environment it might be especially important to say how things sounded to you.

Finally, but not least, you are used to being on stage. You know that there are different spaces on stage for performing and talking and you should make use of them. A spacial description of the chronological order, like standing further to their left for older events, might also help you to catch their attention and keep it.

“Let me take you on a journey….” This is how you might begin.
Go back to a specific date and describe your visualization.

 

You walk to the story space and into the past section of the stage.

Use your stage experience, and all its spaces. You can do the same on video. Make sure whether you have the mirror function on to know which side to step to on your imaginary timeline.

For more in depth information see the free webinar Professional ARTIST Pathway.

 

Creation of your artistic story brand – create your own story

 

 

Do not reveal everything at once. Wait till later to create some suspense. It is a very powerful technique in story telling.

Step out of the millions and be unique! Think about who the actors in your story are and start writing it out.

Ask yourself these relevant questions: Who are the antagonists, what was the delay, what are and were the doubts. What did you do to get on top of it? Who helped you and could be described as the sage?

What is the catalyst moment in your life? A book, meeting a person? After deciding what to do, who ridiculed you, who made it all the way harder?

What were the obstacles, what were the victories? Maybe not big ones, but even small ones….every one has an Act 3!

You do not have to be way ahead of your audience, you can inspire them already with little jewels of small victories. You are on your way of living by sharing your musical talent with the world.

 

Start writing now, you can change it and improve it anytime you like.

Do you need help with the creation? Follow the free webinar of Dmitri Badiarov.

 

Also, read my example article here, it will give you more clarity as to how those aspects of a good story are woven together!

Start telling your story as soon as you can


You can always start telling your story, as long as you live, it evolves and you can share it step by step and inspire others to do the same. So you can slowly advance on your way to living your music life. Connect and inspire! This is the idea behind telling your story, not a list of achievements.

Make your music relevant to them by making it relevant to yourself. If you create your own story, you gain a lot of insight into your own life and understand why you do what you do.

This helps people to relate to your music as well. The time when it was enough to have played here and there and won a few prizes, “just” play flawlessly and disappear as a person behind the musician, the perfect performer, those times are becoming more and more extinct.

No reason to despair – the Professional Artist Pathway got you

In this century we want to know why we should listen to you. Why we would want to be part of one of your live performances, why it is so uplifting when we are offered the possibility to engage with your gift. It is not enough just to wonder about your perfection. Our human nature longs for a story, a loss, a struggle, a catalyst moment, more struggle and then victory.

 

We desperately want to live that through you.

So, get up and create your own story! Think of it when you play, tell it during your concerts or organization of masterclasses. Whatever you choose to do with your talent, tell people why. Let them know, that there is a way, for you and for them.

For you and for them

Thank you very much for reading this article. I hope you found some interesting insights and new ideas.

If you found any value in this article, please leave a comment below and like our YouTube videos!

And do not forget to watch the webinars of the Professional Artist Pathway!

 

For an example of how to create your own story, read my article on Duo Fantasie.

Best wishes for your success,

Jana

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12 thoughts on “CREATE YOUR OWN STORY”

  1. Hi Janie, I enjoyed this post and can certainly agree there’s a story in everyone of us. No matter what profession you’re in, using your own personal story can certainly help motivate and inspire. Thank you for sharing:)

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    • Thank you Kathy! Yes, it is just a matter of how you tell it effectively and how you create it. This is why create your own story points to expert webinars. It is worth your time!
      Hope to see you again soon on this website, next article is going to be an example of such a story, so stay tuned!!
      Best wishes,
      Janie

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  2. Hello there,
    This is great. It was fun reading it, and this is a good way to sharing your story. It creates joy, motivation, and engagement. Good job. Are you a musician?…Just curious.

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    • You must have come to this website by searching a way to create your own story! Thank you for sharing and supporting this idea. If you look around you will find videos of us playing and teaching and this website is all about the flute and flutists’ lives. So to help everyone out, we created this article and will provide an example of such a story, so stay tuned!!
      Safe and sound too!!
      Topflute

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  3. Love this article. It’s so relatable. Reading it I totally have had a parallel “my story” going on in my thoughts. I’m truly touched.
    Thank you for this wonderful article.

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    • You are very welcome, Tanja! Awesome, that you have your own story in your head now. Write it down and tell people why you do what you do. It will make everything easier, more satisfying and more fun! Thanks for reading and commenting,
      Janie

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  4. Hi Janie

    I know a lot of talented musicians are not able to tell their stories as the industry is hindering them especially those who are not yet famous. They need platforms like your site to motivate them in the right direction otherwise anyone can learn from this post as we all have different stories to tell to connect with other humans and inspire them somewhat, as life happens to all of us and someone’s story can elevate your spirit especially if you are on the verge of giving up.

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    • So true! Thank you, Maggie. This post is relevant to everyone who needs to close that gap between what he or she is doing and who they are doing it for. I must say, personally through the webinars I recommend on this post, I learned how to tell mine. Create your own story and learn about yourself as well. Sometimes our minds are in a chaotic state and we want to stop just to chill out. This can even lead us to give up, like you said. So why not make some order in our head and put it in a relatable and enjoyable way, so that the right people for us will and can relate. Thank you for reading and commenting,
      Best wishes
      Janie

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  5. Hi Janie,

    This article is so important and so inspiring. I play the guitar, and when I was a lot younger and I played in bands, I thought it was very important to be ME. I didn’t want to be anybody else. My hero is the guitarist Eddie Van Halen, and he told his own story better than anyone else in the Rock music business. He had his very own style, that everybody wanted to copy, including me. He had his very own look and his very own attitude.

    To stand out you have to be YOU, just as you say. It’s so inspiring that you have written this and I hope a lot of young musicians find your article and follow you.

    Thank you for sharing and making my morning. Keep up the amazing work you are doing.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hi Tom, I am so very happy that you brought up non classical musicians as well! They have known for a while now that they have to create their own story, but in classical music it is still like it was a hundred years ago. We are taught in Conservatories how to play flawlessly and interpret in the style of the time period the piece was written in. Only some have risen above and made an opening creating their very own style and playing close to anything with it, e.g. James Galway. But most of us still practice countless hours to play and tell someone else’s story. You can love music from 200years ago and play it the way you see it, telling why and relating it to you and your audience. In the end it was pop music then and just about everyone would play parts of famous Operas e.g. in cafes and whistle them on the streets. Many singers still are requested to have unique qualities and their stories are brought into the world, but classical orchestral musicians just have to fit in. And do that perfectly! Endless practice sessions and in the end you receive bred crums from the industry and it is nearly impossible to be paid what your talent is worth for e.g. chamber music concerts. We are crushed and need to reinvent ourselves! That is why I wish to give some impulses and hope!
      Thank you for your wonderful comment and I hope you still take that guitar up every now and then,
      Janie

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