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A Day in the Life of a Full-time Musician

If you ask any full-time artist, they’ll probably admit that their daily schedule is an ever-changing, overwhelming wild beast that can’t be tamed.

As someone who has been living as a full-time artist for the last 8 years, I’ve established somewhat of a routine, but it’s constantly changing based on outside factors, how I feel, or a last-minute gig opportunity that completely derails my to-do list for the day.

For the most part I’ve determined that I personally have 3 types of schedules:

1) The On-Tour Schedule
2) The Administrative Schedule
3) The Album-recording Schedule

But to be honest, each of these bleeds into the other. And notice that I didn’t devote a schedule to writing and creativity. That’s because, in an ideal world, you’re always working on your craft – sometimes intentionally and sometimes by inspiration.

For all intents and purposes, I’m going to focus on talking about the …

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Top 7 Tips for Better Audio Recording

Audio recording is often an afterthought for videographers, but it’s just as important to your finished product as the recorded video. Good audio recording takes some effort, but it’s well worth it. Keep these tips in mind for audio recording that is easy to hear and a pleasure to listen to.

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Use a High-Quality Microphone
The microphones that are built into camcorders are usually low quality. They don’t always pick up sound well, and sometimes you end up hearing the sound of the camcorder operating.

If possible, use an external microphone whenever you shoot videos. A lavalier, or lapel mic, like the type newscasters use, is unobtrusive and especially helpful when you want to hear someone’s voice clearly.

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Monitor the Sound
If you can plug headphones into your camera, do it. They’ll allow you to hear exactly what the camera hears, so you’ll know …

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10 Steps to Success for Independent Music Artists

Step #1
Realize that no one is waiting for your music. If people are going to become fans of your music, you must approach the promoting of your live shows and the promotion of your CD releases with the same planning and professionalism as the artists whom you admire have promoted their music. Marketing music has changed radically in the age of the Internet and social media. That technology has the potential to take your music to the world. But knowing that it is up to you to let the world know about your music, is an important first step to take as a responsible independent musician.

Step #2
Avoid telling people in the music business that your music is “good”. It is a much overused and weak word. A&R reps, music directors at radio stations, the music press, and buyers at distributors and stores presume you think …

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Become a Recording Artist: Education and Career Roadmap

A recording artist is a musician who records music in a studio. Recording artists may sing or play an instrument, and the recordings are transferred onto a CD or computer file. In addition to recording in studios, these artists also perform on the road in front of an audience, promoting their music. Work in the recording industry is competitive and often just part-time. The need to constantly pursue leads for further work may be stressful.

While there are no educational requirements to become a recording artist, enrolling in a music-related degree program may be beneficial. Recording artists often begin playing music at a young age with lessons and must be diligent at practicing their craft. Some of the basic skills or abilities needed to be a recording artist include musical talent, discipline to practice, the perseverance to land gigs, and strong communication skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of …

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