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Wednesday Wisdom: Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome. It’s a beast, am I right?

According to Merriam-Webster, imposter syndrome is “a psychological condition that is characterized by persistent doubt concerning one’s abilities or accomplishments, accompanied by the fear of being exposed as a fraud, despite evidence of one’s ongoing success.”

Does that sound relatable to you?

Of course, I’m not a licensed mental health professional, but I can speak from personal experience and observation, and I’ll let you in on a secret: Many of us—if not all of us—have likely experienced imposter syndrome at some point in our lives. And, for those of us in the music industry, it seems to be especially prevalent.

Whether you’re an artist or a songwriter, a publicist or a manager, a social media marketer or a booking agent, imposter syndrome is real — but, the good news is that you can beat it. Here are some tips for overcoming those inner hurdles that may be standing in your way.

Be kind to yourself.

We’re all hard on ourselves sometimes (okay, maybe most of the time), but it’s so important for us to remember to be kind to ourselves.

That means engaging in positive self-talk and acts of self-care.

When you think about it, you wouldn’t be harsh or cruel when speaking to your best friend, right? Of course not! So, why would you want to speak to yourself in a way in which you wouldn’t dare speak to them? Likewise, if they were going through what you were going through, would you tell them to continue subjecting themselves to madness? Of course you wouldn’t!

Being kind to ourselves can do wonders for our spirits and mindsets. It can help us claim our worth, it can make us stronger, and perhaps most importantly, it can help us transform our perspective.

Yep. That’s right. When we treat ourselves with kindness and respect, we can become more secure in who we are, have more confidence in our abilities (no, you are not a fraud just because you feel like you don’t everything there is to know in the world; the knowledge and skills you do have are valuable), do our jobs better, pursue our passions with more enthusiasm, love more, and get more out of life.

Never stop learning.

One of the most incredible parts of life is that we have the ability to learn. We are constantly learning throughout our entire lives, from the moment we open our eyes, until our time on Earth comes to an end. And best of all, no one can stop us from learning. The right to education is number 26 under Amnesty International’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We actually have the right to learn.

As we all know, the creative space grows and changes at what seems like the speed of light, leaving many of us feeling like we just got whiplash as new social media platforms, streaming platforms, and new universes pop up. We can so easily feel left behind, and like we can’t keep up with how fast trends and technology are evolving around us. This sometimes results in us feeling “not good enough” or “unworthy” of our current or dream positions.

As fast as our industries move, we can learn, and we can grow, and we can always keep cultivating the foundation on which we are basing our careers.

Staying on top of your game by consistently attending events and learning the latest news will help quell the voice convincing you that you don’t know what you’re doing. It will nurture your roots, simultaneously helping you to enrich your skill set and develop confidence, so you can claim your power. Taking action is key to moving forward, and it will help you avoid remaining a slave to those pesky lies that your brain is trying to deceive you with.

Stop your obsession for perfection.

Perfection is a slippery slope. If you’re an artist, you know the struggle is real. Your work probably never quite feels finished to you, and you feel like there will always be ways to make your creative output better. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Of course, you always want to do your best, and make your art the absolute best it can be. However, it’s important to remember that constantly striving to achieve perfection is like fighting an uphill battle. It’s exhausting and will hold you back, without a doubt.

Trying to be perfect — and then beating yourself up when you feel that you have fallen short of achieving perfection — is totally not fun, and it’s just not productive. What may seem “imperfect” to you can knock someone else’s socks off. So, instead of getting caught in a downward spiral of questioning your choices and the quality of your end product, think about all the things you’re doing right and all the successes you’ve achieved so far — no matter how big or small they may feel to you. Has your recent single hit 1,000 streams on Spotify? Incredible! Have you racked up 5,000 streams on your new music video? Amazing! Did you get five new social media followers over the weekend, or pen the last verse of the song you’ve been working on? You deserve a round of applause!

Never lose sight of how amazing you are.

If there’s anything you take away from this post, always, always remember how amazing you are. You were put on this planet for a reason, and you deserve to be here. As an artist, you’re pursuing the purpose that you know aligns with the core of who you are. In following that purpose, you are touching the lives of others. You have value. Your work has value. Mistakes or “imperfections” don’t change that. Don’t forget it.

Imposter syndrome sucks, but with just a few simple tweaks to your mindset, like those I’ve shared above, you’ll be able to tame it—if not completely overcome it—in no time.

Wednesday Wisdom: What to Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired

Anyone who creates regularly knows that creativity ebbs and flows, and inspiration is constantly found and lost.

It’s great when you’re hitting your stride and you can’t keep up with all the great ideas that are coming to you, pushing you forward as you continue working towards your goals. But, what happens when the well from which you draw your best ideas runs dry?

It happens. I’ve been there. When it seems like there’s no inspiration to be found anywhere, it can be hard to create anything, and it can feel like you’ll never be able to produce anything worthwhile again.

But, I’ll tell you a secret: that inspiration that so quickly (and sometimes dramatically) disappeared into thin air always comes back. Always.

If you’re desperate to fill your cup again, here are some tips for unearthing the inspiration you need, in order to get back to doing what you do best.

Watch a new movie

Watching a movie is like escaping into a different world, isn’t it?

So, what better way to give your brain a much-deserved break, than by entering a world you’ve never been to before and watching a new movie?

This can be a film in your favorite genre or, if you want to really push the limits of your comfort zone, you can choose something in a genre that you’ve never dared to explore before. (For example, if you usually watch rom-coms, try a thriller, or vice versa).

It can be so easy to get stuck in a routine, and when you find something you love, it can be really easy to continue . After a while, though, doing the same thing over and over again can result in boredom, which can lead you to hit those dreaded kinks in your creative process, because your brain isn’t absorbing anything new.

Sometimes, your mind just needs a simple switch of the old gears to unkink that chain. Watching a new movie can be one of the easiest ways to do that.

Read a book

Reading is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Besides the fact that it’s one of the greatest sources of learning and entertainment that humankind has to rely upon, it can also revive your vocabulary, expose you to different sentence structures, allow you to “meet” new people (i.e.; characters), and bring you to encounter new places and different themes with which you don’t have personal experience.

In short, if you’re a (song)writer, reading can do wonders for your writing and composition skills.

Personally, I’m not always able to get around to reading for fun as often as I’d like. But, I find that every time I do, I’m more inspired, feel more excited, and just have a better attitude toward writing in general.

Whether you’re writing a song or a musical, an advice column for fellow musicians, or keeping up your own blog, you will encounter moments when you’re too burnt out to string even one sentence together. And, when you’re writing regularly, this might be happening more often than you’d like. Stop forcing yourself to squeeze words out of an empty well, and read a chapter or two from a book. Any book, no matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction, or even a couple of magazine articles. Many times, it can be just what you need to get the juices flowing in the right direction again.

Observe the world around you

From songwriters, to authors, to filmmakers, so many creative minds have found their greatest inspiration when they’re observing everyday life.

If remote working has had you cooped up in the house for too long, take the time to venture out and go somewhere new. Go to the beach, the coffee shop on the corner, the new restaurant that just opened up downtown—anywhere that’s new to you.

Experiencing a new environment is extremely beneficial for our mental health and well-being. It breaks us out of the monotony which keeps us in an unproductive drought. And, you never know what snippets from conversations you’ll overhear, or interactions between strangers — or with strangers, if you’re an adventurous extrovert — that you’ll find. Just a simple phrase can spark an overflow of ideas.

When you get out and experience the world—when you get out and really live—that’s when the magic happens. So, search for and savor those moments that can reignite the fire within you. Those moments can lead you to your next big idea, whether it’s the subject of your next song, or the concept for a new album.

Take a shower

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you’ve learned a thing or two about sensory deprivation. However, you don’t have to immerse yourself in a scary water-filled tank to benefit from its effects.

In addition to being a nice break from the chaos of the day — not to mention, the constant bombardment of news and technology — a hot shower sometimes seems to hold the keys to the universe. Especially when you’re stuck in a rut.

The heat and the noise of the water rushing over you can be enough to separate yourself from the hectic madness of daily life. This may give your brain the space it needs to refocus and find the answers it’s looking for.

Heck, they even make waterproof notepads now. You can jot down those brilliant ideas that come to you while you’re washing your hair.

It’s great to have a never-ending flow of inspiration, but we all know that isn’t realistic. Unfortunately, the inspiration we need to produce our work can sometimes run away from us and go into hiding.

It won’t be lost forever, though. You just have to know where to look to find it again.

Owning Your Truth Through Your Voice and Creative Edge

By Colleen Lindberg, host of The Light Warriors Unleashed Podcast. Listen here!

Owning your voice is a powerful thing. As artists, you know, that when you sing a song or create a beat, that you can inspire a movement with that rhythm, that changes lives for people.  

You have seen it, time and time again. 

The eyes get lit up, the movement of the body, the soul awakens and the beat moves through them (and you). 

When you look out into the audience and feel the power of the music swaying the crowd, you are reminded that music can heal people. 

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Wednesday Wisdom: Music Artists and Mental Wellness

By Sacha Walton, Business Strategist and CEO of SWI Management Group

Mental health is not a niche topic in the music industry. The industry is fast-paced and full of demands for music artists. They are faced with a whirlwind of expectations from labels, fans, management, and promoters. However, the artists are typically left feeling overwhelmed, burned out, and at times, they lack the will to create.  

It’s easy for artists to get caught up and neglect their mental well-being. Maintaining a healthy state of mind is essential not only for personal happiness but also for creating inspired, meaningful music. This blog article delves into practical tips and techniques that can empower music artists to proactively manage their mental wellness, allowing them to flourish both on and off stage.

Read Sacha’s 8 tips!

Wednesday Wisdom: How To Get Your Music Featured in Films, TV, and Commercials

Jeannie Jones is an award-winning journalist, media personality, actress, producer, director and brand architect. Jeannie’s Los Angeles-based multimedia firm, Ready Set Impact, specializes in music, film, and radio production; publishing; social media marketing, branding, and casting.

This month, Jeannie offers insight into the world of sync licensing for commercial, film, and television media.

With new TV shows, films, and streaming services popping up, there are more opportunities than ever to obtain sync placements — assuming you have the goods music supervisors are looking for.

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Wednesday Wisdom: How to Rediscover Your Passion When the Industry Gets You Down

The music industry is tough. I get it. Anyone you meet in this industry isn’t likely to argue with you.

Choosing to pursue a career in music comes with a plethora of unique challenges which, if we’re all being honest with each other, can really get to a person. And if you’re an artist, the demands on you can be extraordinarily overwhelming.

For those days when things feel just a little too hard — when you lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel, and you start questioning why you’re pursuing your dreams in a field where it can be so difficult to break into and succeed — here are some of my favorite tips for helping you to rediscover your passion, and restore your faith that you are on the right path.

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Must-Have Traits of A Music Business Manager

Sacha Walton - SWI Management Group

By Sacha Walton, Business Strategist and CEO of SWI Management Group.

In the ever-evolving world of music, business management plays a critical role in shaping an artist’s career trajectory. The music industry is filled with intense competition and numerous opportunities for growth, making the role of a music business manager more crucial than ever. The key to succeeding in the music industry as a business manager lies in the ability to possess certain traits that enable them to navigate this landscape successfully. Below, we’ll discuss the essential traits of a music business manager.

1. Industry Knowledge

The music industry is complex and continuously changing, with many different elements to it. For example, managers need to be aware of new trends in the market and the ever-changing music business landscape. As a result, music business managers need to possess an in-depth understanding of the industry’s dynamics and how it functions. They should have a deep knowledge of the technical aspects of the music industry, such as copyrights, publishing, and royalties. Without the essential industry knowledge, a music business manager is not able to guide their clients through their career.

2. Excellent Communication Skills

Music business managers need to communicate regularly with various industry professionals, such as booking agents, lawyers, and record labels. Effective communication is crucial in ensuring that all stakeholders are on the same page and working together towards the same goal. Good communication skills also enable music business managers to build relationships with key people in the industry and get the best deals for their clients.

3. Financial Management

Managing an artist’s finances is an essential part of a music business manager’s job. They need to have a deep understanding of the various financial aspects of the music industry. These can include managing contracts, budgeting, and tracking expenses. Additionally, the music business manager needs to ensure that the artist is getting paid correctly and on time.

4. Passion for Music

A music business manager should possess a deep love and passion for music. This passion is necessary because the music industry can be demanding and stressful, requiring a lot of work behind the scenes. Music business managers need to possess the drive and determination to ensure that their clients succeed and thrive in the industry.

5. Strong organizational skills

A successful music business manager must be organized, proactive, and capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously. From handling scheduling and finances to developing strategies for promoting their clients, an efficient manager must be on top of every detail to ensure the success of their clients.

6. Networking skills

In the music industry, networking is vital to success. As a result, music business managers must have strong networking skills. A great manager should have a large and diverse network of contacts in the industry that they can use to help their clients build relationships, find new opportunities, and negotiate deals.

7. Strategic Thinking

Lastly, music business managers need to be strategic thinkers. The ability to think critically and plan effectively is crucial in navigating the music industry. The manager must be able to identify opportunities, mitigate risks, and strategize for the future to make the most of the artist’s potential.

Music business managers play a crucial role in shaping an artist’s career trajectory in the ever-changing music industry. To succeed, they need to possess certain essential traits such as industry knowledge, excellent communication skills, financial management skills, a passion for music, and strategic thinking. With these qualities, music business managers can make a real difference in the success of their clients in the music industry.

Wednesday Wisdom: Technology’s Impact on the Musical Experience

Jeannie Jones is an award-winning journalist, media personality, actress, producer, director and brand architect. Jeannie’s Los Angeles-based multimedia firm, Ready Set Impact, specializes in music, film, and radio production; publishing; social media marketing, branding, and casting.

This month, Jeannie offers insight into the advent of studio wizardry — and how it has become an art form all its own.

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Wednesday Wisdom: Tips for Managing Stress as a Musician


It touches us all, and it affects each of us in different ways.

When you’re a musician, that stress can reach absurd levels that can make you feel sick, tired, and plain burnt out. It is critically important that during those moments — when the stress reaches its peak — that you take care of yourself and bring it back down.

Although I’m not pursuing my own artistic career, I’ve definitely felt the stress of working in this industry myself. So, here are some of my favorite tips for managing stress while growing your career and fulfilling your dreams.

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