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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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…and that’s why I love to sing.

“Have fun while you can ’cause fate’s an awful thing. You can never tell what might happen and that’s why I love to sing.” – T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975)

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975)

This quote from T-Bone Walker, one of my heros of the blues, sums up life for me. I enjoy my life and career in television, video production and photography, but before all that I was, and continue to be, a singer and lyricist. It’s an integral part of who I am. I don’t make a living at it, but I will continue doing it as long as I am alive.

When I am singing I can suspend everything else in my mind, all the ups and downs and rocks in the road of life, and just be “in the moment” with the song.

It calms me and makes me happy to be alive at the same time …and that’s why I love to sing. – Trace

What about you?

Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

What takes you to a place where you can feel alive and “in the moment?”
I would love to hear about it, please comment below. Thanks.

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Freeform Music Video: Mystery Guitar Man Plays a CAR (no kidding)

So cool: 699 Edits, 12 PVC pipes, 1 Ford Fiesta = MUSIC! If you haven’t seen any videos from Joe Penna AKA “Mystery Guitar Man”, prepare yourself to be amused and amazed. This guy has built a massive audience on Youtube by doing short, innovative and entertaining videos weekly. I like his style! In this one, he literally plays a CAR.

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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.

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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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Freeform Wednesday Funk Rock: Tower of Power “What is Hip?!”

If this doesn’t get your butt rockin’ in your seat, you may need to check for a pulse. Syncopated Funk Rock at it’s finest. Gotta love the horns, and the outfits! Enjoy yourself and turn this up LOUD. Anyone it annoys, you’ll be better off without. You may attract new friends of impeccable taste.

Tower of Power: What is Hip? 1973 album version:
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Tower of Power: What is Hip? 1977
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And the band grooves on…
Visit: Tower of Power official site

History: Tower of Power, 1968 to Today – Wikipedia

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