This is Janie again! I’m a professional flutist, performer and teacher. For sure, many of you are professional musicians and you are going to understand exactly what I will tell you about our current situation and what we can do to create a satisfying life design for musicians.
Training for musicians is hard
Many times we have to be on spot when we would rather run away or binge watch our favorite TV show.
If at all in our life we had time to get to know any TV shows.
But we can’t, you cannot run from the stage. You cannot say “no” to a project because they might not call you anymore for work. So you will have to squeeze in those students and hurry from one place to the other.
Speeding tickets start piling up, like the breadcrumbs in your car, from those damn bread rolls we eat as a meal in very different times a day then would be healthy.
Sleep, food, free time, Sundays off, so many things we have to say goodbye to, we are used to it. Sometimes we feel like a musical god, sometimes we feel worse than our students. This roller coaster day in day out in terms of life makes us become adrenalin junkies. We couldn’t be living without it anymore. We might even have had to overcome stage fright or still be struggling with it to add some extra stress. Read more on how to deal with performance anxiety in my article ————–> here.
The price to pay in the long run
This level of stress is a hard toll on our body and mental health. I know many musicians, who even had the wonderful lifetime job of playing in just one orchestra, fixed rehearsal times, retirement payment, fixed shows and performances at always the same places.
Maybe a tour to a foreign country or a different conductor now and then. Maybe sometimes some composer shows up with a life-changing piece of music where you have to spit into your flute, or jump around on stage….but even those, whom I admire, because they have made it, they won a position in a symphony orchestra, have high stress levels.
They have been measured for research and are out stressed only by pilots. I know several of those musicians with nervous breakdowns, nerve health issues and ticks they cannot control, sometimes it costs them their job. I also know two who changed carrier radically, one became a fitness trainer and the other one a …… what if not…a pilot.c
Check out how to improve your sleep and food in my two articles related to health. But that won’t be enough. Just slowing down the process of slow exhaustion.
So here you got the history you have already know in your own environment.
Does it really have to be that way?
Do we have to stress out to get in far away places on time, playing music we do not like? Is it like we can here so often:
You should be happy, you are doing what you love! Not every one can make a profession out of their passion.
Yeah, yeah….right. Sometimes that is just the problem. It is our passion. Our soul hurts that we have to nearly prostitute it sometimes, just so that people will want to hear it and pay for it.
However, what did I do?
After believing in the “You should be happy” words for a while, I felt completely lost. I had fought such a long time to be able to live on music. Why am I not satisfied? Why have I also lost the desire to play my flute in my free time, to study music that I’m interested in, but that doesn’t pay?
Something is not right and there has to be another way. Luckily for us, there is! The internet.
A new life design for musicians is possible
For starters, we are done with selling our precious time by the hour. You can’t pay an artist by the hour.
We will record lessons, online and sell them to as many students as we can. Furthermore, we will create courses which we have to give only once, and record them. I will help you learn strategies to sell them online and be paid for what they are worth, not for the time we have put in. We will begin to see, how much unused potential the internet has for us.
It will give us back our lost time. We can also share our expertise on our own websites and become an authority in what we do, so that we can finally decide what to play and which concerts to give.
Let us become our own managers! The music industry is broken and leaves us only breadcrumbs. Let us take our fate in our own hands and decide what our life and time is worth.
Musicians can do it! Create a life style that is satisfying
Discipline and passion are our every day. The result is nowledge and experience. Who would be better indicated for opening up an online business?!
We can learn to become entrepreneurs, that is not hard.
It was hard what we did so far. Where we have come to and what we have endured made us strong and resilient. We also learn fast and put everything in something when we know it serves a purpose.
Those nights on the train to get to an audition in the morning, pizza in parking lots, endless bus-tours and formula 1 rides on the high way.
All this is over. We will decide about our time and whereabouts and revive our passion once again.
Online marketing for musicians – a 3 way street
Let us take advantage of this day and age and all the possibilities we have online and with social media.
There are three streets we can follow, even all together.
1. One is affiliate marketing and blogging,
2. Another one is creating a brand and lessons online,
3. the other one is social ad campaigns for concerts we create.
All is possible, all is sustainable.
I will create free training on my website ——–> myflutelife.com.
To learn more about affiliate marketing you can check out my article ———> here.
I have already started the passive income creation way. Read about it ———> here.
Next one on the list is how to create video lessons and sell them online, not just you tube them randomly, but with strategy and sold as webinars through sales funnels.
The last way is going to be shown in another category, where I will get to what can become a dream job if you do it right.
If it has been a while and you feel you need to get in your best performance mode again read my new article ————————-> HERE! And do not despair. Music is life and life is MUSIC:
Stick with me, and hear me out! You won’t regret it.
What is your experience so far? Which way would you choose?
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Stay blessed and healthy,
Life has a tune for you!