Staying Sane In The Music Game

One of the main problems in the music industry is that we who live and work within it, don't readily admit to our ‘madness’, but looking at the path we've chosen - to invest ourselves in this world of slim chances and cut-throat deals - there has to be a little madness, right? “We're not mad,” I hear you all cry, “we're musicians!” But however you cut it, staying sane in such a competitive and ruthless industry is not straightforward. Trust me, I am speaking from experience - I am not ‘sane’ - and almost every artist I have worked with would say the same about themselves. This particular and beautiful form of 'insanity' characterises many music professionals today and, once we admit this to ourselves, we can openly explore the issues and reasons surrounding why and how we are mad! Once we've done that we can begin the journey of learning to manage ourselves within a specific framework that acknowledges and accounts for our eccentricities; building on them and affording us happier and more organised lives amid the inevitable chaos. Or, we could just pretend we're OK, bury our feelings deep and await the inevitable explosion as the pressure of self-loathing and neuroses builds over time in a half-hidden part of our personality that, actually, others can see only too easily. But self-destruction is not a good look! That is the reason for the book 'Staying Sane In The Music Game' and this podcast channel. It’s a way for us to begin having the open and honest conversations we need to reveal a path of radical change and personal growth. My work in the music industry has led me into many dark and tumultuous places and from each one I’ve learnt valuable and enduring insights which I have picked apart carefully and put back together into a guiding framework and structure that you can use, your way, to live your unconventional life without too much trial and error. Musicians and business professionals alike are exposed systematically to extreme behaviours, attitudes and situations all of which will require a tenacious mind and acute awareness to identify, harness and thrive from. This book will give you the mindset and tools to do just that. We will be speaking to high level pros in the music business and musicians to discuss these topics and their journeys. Through these conversations and the tools we can all grow and learn and make ourselves more resilient. Here’s to Staying Sane! This Podcast will discuss all aspects of what that may involve! The Podcast is powered by the book Staying Sane In The Music Game. The BOOK, KINDLE AND AUDIOBOOK is available in all the usual stores now. For more info and all the links go to:

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#12 - Being Brave

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This episode discusses where the line is, between, coming up with the gold, which is original, brilliant, authentic and genius or producing something safe, cliché and unoriginal? There must be a formula and that is what I discuss here. As well as a formula, there is the inevitability of failure. Well, of course, how do you come up with something that no one else would? By being brave and taking the risk that actually, you don't know enough about where the edge is and may end up either falling over the edge of the cliff OR not going near enough to the edge.
This is a philosophical subject that plays out in our everyday activities, from the mundane to the creative, from the tiny to the large. Of course some things desire us to just nail, be safe and not take risks. But when it comes to art, we need to be brave, take risks, be prepared to fail in order to seek out and bring back the gold to the people.

We always hear successful people say that they had to fail. But I wanted to dig deeper into that and many other ideas about the idea of how we find that which is gold, sought out by people and found to be valuable and really stands out.

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