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The Freelance Life: Hitting the Reset Button

“In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.” – Douglas Fairbanks

I am taking stock of myself this morning. This quote from Douglas Fairbanks reminded me of the mentally crippling nature of fear. It is the root of all inactivity, a sign of regression instead of progression.

It is important for me to take a step back, take stock of all I am doing, examining what’s working for me and what’s not.

Merging "work" with creative

Merging “work” with creative

I reached a point of overload at the end of 2014. Multiple projects have been started, some pieces complete, others needing more time and work. This blog, while rewarding to me on a psychological level, is only moderately successful in reaching larger audiences.

I struggle with the ups and downs of my production business TraceProductions.com as I have for 20 years now. The video and television production business has been rewarding. My career has taken me all over the world and given me a (mostly) steady income and incredible experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But it is a changed business. For too many reasons to go into here, there is nothing but downward pressure on pricing for many of the services I have traditionally provided for my clients. I stay busy and am grateful for the work I have but it is less profitable than ever before. I have grown and moved on, learning and developing new skills that continue to enrich my life’s experience. Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: How to beat stage fright – Joe Kowan: TedTalks

Think you are scared getting up in front of people to speak, sing or perform? Singer – Songwriter Joe Kowan was petrified. He overcame his fear in a unique, musical way. This excellent TEDTalk is a lesson in perseverance and creativity, turning a weakness into strength.

Watch this! Joe delivers a laugh, an inspiring story about dealing with fear, and a funny folk tune, “The Stage Fright Song.”
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Get to know Joe! Here: CraftyGangsta.com – Joe Kowan

“By having a song that explained what was happening to me, while it was happening, that gave the audience permission to think about it. They didn’t have to feel bad for me because I was nervous, they could experience that with me and we were all one big, happy, nervous, uncomfortable family” – Joe Kowan, about “The Stage Fright Song”

What do you think? Comment below, thanks.

RELATED READING:
My mantras:
“Focus on What You Can Do, Not what you CAN’T”
And
“You are what you DO, Not what you SAY”
(click the title links to find out what I mean by this… Thank you!)

What are Tuesday Tips?
Each week I post tips for freelancers and the self employed on Tuesday (Tuesday Tips) and, Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: Best Success Tool for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs – Bob Baker

It’s not what you think.

I have used this tool, a method for capturing ideas, for my whole life, but in recent years I have fallen down on the job with it. Too often my ideas are lost because in my mind, I’ve got it covered. I need to get back to some basics. Thanks for the reminder, Bob Baker!

Watch this:

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Visit: Bob Baker’s TheBuzzFactor.com – Music Marketing Advice
Twitter: @MrBuzzFactor

What are Tuesday Tips?
Each week I post tips for freelancers and the self employed on Tuesday (Tuesday Tips) and, on Wednesdays, something that I find entertaining, beautiful, funny or engaging in some way (Freeform Wednesday). I hope you enjoy these posts and I appreciate your visits to this site, and comments on the blog posts.

Got a Suggestion, Comment or a Funny Story?
Please share in the comments section below. THANKS, Trace

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Focus on What You CAN do, Not what you CAN’T

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Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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5 Low Cost Ways To Support Your Indie Artist and Filmmaker Friends

Your neighbor plays in a local band, and they’ve just released an indie produced CD. You know about it, but have never heard him play. You see him lugging his gear in and out to gigs from his house. You also see him in the mornings, dressed for business, driving off with a friendly wave as you take out the trash. You’ve never thought much about it, but chances are, your neighbor is a passionate musician, with a fair amount of talent, who is trying hard to keep bread on the table for his family while pursuing his artistic side.

The world is full of stories such as this, and most of us have friend like this neighbor, or a family member who is an artist, musician, photographer, filmmaker or has related creative pursuits.

Just show up!

Show them you care, its easy and often FREE.
Its tough for indie artists of any variety to make an impact and pay the bills, while pursuing their craft. Social Media for artists and entrepreneurs is a two edged sword.

On one hand, there are more free or low cost ways than ever before to attract new fans, or attention for a project (Facebook, Twitter, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, etc.) The flip side to that is that millions of others have the same opportunities. We are ALL experiencing “information overload”.
What can one person with limited finances do to help his or her indie artist friends? A Lot. Read ON>>> Read more…

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Great Internet Radio! Jammin’ Jango over Pandora

I’ve been a Pandora radio listener for more than a decade. I loved it and told others about the streaming music service often. They pioneered the idea of streaming songs based on listener choices for songs and artists to play. Today, there are many choices for streaming music online. Pandora and Spotify are arguably the biggest names in the market for capturing listeners but I have largely abandoned these in favor of Jango.
Try it! Yes, it’s free to listen. HERE: JANGO RADIO

Jango / Radio Airplay

Jango / Radio Airplay


Jango, a service of Radio Airplay gives a clear path for indie artists to get their music heard, in a stream that is attractive to the casual listener.

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