Live your dream – publish your music

Did you know it is possible to Live your dream and publish your music:

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

I know that when singing is what you want to do and it is your LIFE, then you dream of publishing and selling your music, but how do you get the big publishing houses to like you and where do you start searching for the one who will like your particular type of music? Well, you can stop dreaming and start publishing your music.

Yes, it is possible for you to start living your dream and publish your music in a professional manner with the help of TuneCore.

The basics:

If you are an artist, creating your own music and writing your own songs, your obvious next step will be to publish your music for the world to hear and buy.

You want to make money from living your dream.

Please remember: you must write your own music, not copy music from other people.

TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

The results:

Take a look at the Infographic supplied by TuneCore below, if you click on it, you will go directly to Tunecore’s website where you will find all the information you need to be able to publish your own music. Now if this is not living your dream, I don’t know.

TuneCore infographic

TuneCore infographic

About TuneCore:

Like I mentioned earlier: TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

Don’t think that you are not a famous musician yet, take a look at the awesome services they provide.

You can have your music mastered by the professionals to make it sound like the professionals’ music you hear everywhere.

There prices are affordable. I’ve paid for mastering of some of my music and believe me, their prices are great in comparison to what you pay “non-professionals”.

Your music must already be recorded and you send them your copy to master.

Already have your master and you are happy with it, see how you can publish your music through them and make money.

Make money with your YouTube uploads, let TuneCore help you.

Get a publishing deal.

They sell and advertise your music and you collect the money.

Radio airplay: Get guaranteed online radio airplay to millions of listeners who like your style of music.

Take a look, there are millions of reasons to join TuneCore, but the most important is that they will help you live your dream of singing.

Deep down, from inside my heart, I wish you the best of luck in living your dream and believe that TuneCore will help you to do it.

Was this post helpful? Do you believe again that it is possible for you to live your dream of singing?

In my next post, I will share with you why I deleted all my YouTube Video’s, especially the one that got over 3000 views in 2 months and I will share with you how I got so many views so be sure to stay tuned.

The only reason we may fail

When we give up on our dream it is the only reason we may fail.

The obstacles

When you dream, especially of singing, there are allot of mountains to climb.

There are negative situations or negative people that just don’t want you to make it, but it is what you do with this that depends on what your future will hold.

When you dream of singing, you must get out there and put yourself on the line, otherwise you will just eventually give up and decide that you are not going anywhere.

In the past, I participated in allot of competitions and later on decided that I don’t want to put myself through that anymore, because when you don’t make it through to the next round, you feel unworthy and as if you cannot sing.

The most important thing is not to let these situations get to you.

You must persevere and continue. You must stand strong and NOT let these things make you feel unworthy. You must keep living your dream.

You must remember that no one else is going to give you a push, you must get out there and you must live-it.

You must decide for yourself that no matter what who says, I am going to do what I want to and I am going to live my dream.

Don’t let negative critism make you feel unworthy and just give up.

When dreams become reality

You must grab every situation that comes your way, don’t let anything hold you back.

Decide in your mind that you are good enough to make it and take the necessary steps to get there.

Don’t wait for people to ask you to go sing somewhere, go see people and ask if you can sing there. If they listen to you and say you are not good enough, don’t make it personal. Move on to the next place.

Take small steps at a time, don’t try to jump to the top, everybody has to start at the bottom. Most of the celebs didn’t just get there, they also went through this. Just take Justin Bieber for instance, they told him that he was not good enough. Someone “found” him and look where he is today. He is completely living it.

Although you dream in your mind that you stand in front of a huge crowd of people, singing as they cheer you on, this is not where you start. You start in the small places. You might even start with family and friends. Sing to them and listen to their comments. If it is negative comments, think about it – evaluate yourself and think realistic – maybe they might be right and there are some things you must change. Try to change them and sing to the family again. If they think you did well, move on.

Go to a small place like a restaurant or café where they allow people to perform. Ask them to listen to you and if you can sing there.

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Singing at SideWalk, which is a small restaurant.

Do it for a while, enjoy the moments you sing and evaluate your audience. See what songs they like when you sing them and what they don’t really respond to. When you know what the audience likes, you can sing more of those kind of songs.

When you move on to another place, the audience might be different, so you must evaluate them again.

As you get more and more exposure, you will gain more confidence. You will move on and who knows, while you are singing in a small restaurant, someone who has influence might hear you.

Remember that the only reason you may fail is because you give up. Don’t let other people let you give up.

Attracting vocal techniques

Attracting vocal techniques are important:

How we say the words we choose is just about as important as the words themselves. Our voice is a powerful instrument that can motivate the troops or lull them to sleep. There is a huge difference between presenting and persuading. Your voice is a complete arsenal of persuasive techniques in and of itself. For example, you can say the same thing but mean five different things, depending on the tone of your voice. You can say “Thank you” laden with sarcasm, love, hate, anger, humor, or surprise–just by changing the tone and inflection of your voice.

Peter Blanck, in his research, found that judges communicated their bias and attitudes by the tone of their voice. The juries in California were twice as likely to convict trial defendants when the judges already knew the defendants had a record and prior convictions. The law simply states that the judge cannot share this private information with the jurors. Researchers found that when (judges) the judge gave the instructions to the jury, his words and tone of voice lacked warmth, patience, and tolerance.

You can change your rate of speech, your vocal fillers (um, uh, ah), the volume, pitch, inflection, emphasis, and even the pauses that you use. You can keep an audience listening with both ears and with full energy, rendering them absolutely spellbound because of the power of your voice.

Your voice is who you are. It is your trademark and your calling card. Your voice must exude energy, confidence, and conviction. We tend to judge others by their voice: Is it confident, nervous, relaxed, energized, tired, weak, or strong? If you sound unsure and timid, your ability to persuade will falter. Persuasive voices have great volume, varied emphases, good articulation, and a pleasing pitch. Master Persuaders use vocal variety and frequently vary their pace.

The good news is you can change many characteristics of your voice. Tape your voice. What does it project? Your voice must be interesting and easy to listen to in order to help, rather than hinder, your ability to persuade. Does your voice work for you or against you?

PACE refers to how quickly you speak. Mehrabian and Williams found that people who spoke faster, louder, and more fluently as well as those who varied their vocal frequency and intensity were perceived as more persuasive than those who did not.

Speeches delivered at fast speeds are more persuasive than those of slow or moderate speeds, because persuaders who speak faster appear more competent and knowledgeable. At these faster rates, receivers are not able to mentally engage in counter-arguing.

Pace and SPEED are also important to keep and capture attention. We can think three times faster than we can speak. We have all had conversations and were able to listen while thinking of other things. When we speak faster, we can keep attention longer. There is less time for our audience’s mind to wander. Studies show that we generally like faster speakers and find them more interesting. Most speakers average 120 to 180 words per minute. But there is no ideal speed. Franklin Roosevelt spoke 110 words per minute while John Kennedy raced along at 180 words per minute. Persuasive speakers will speak fast enough to excite and energize the mood of the audience but will be able to slow their pace down to create a mood of anticipation.

FILLERS can destroy your presentation, hurt your credibility, and annoy your audience. Most people feel they don’t have a problem with this, and most of them are wrong. You would be amazed when you tape yourself what words you use to fill in space during a speech. Fillers are not acceptable and need to be eliminated from all speech. Vocal fillers include the common “um,” “er,” and “uh.” Some people have their own idiosyncratic way of filling in the silence between ideas that makes them uncomfortable. Some repeat the first two or three words of a sentence until their brain catches up and they decide what they’re going to say. Others might say, “Okay” at the end of every sentence, as if they’re checking audience comprehension.

PITCH is the highness or lowness of the speaker’s voice. Low is best. In our culture, deeper voices are generally interpreted as reflecting authority and strength, for both men and women. In addition, a deeper voice is stereotypically considered to be more believable, indicative of an individual’s sincerity and trustworthiness. Some speakers even drink hot tea before they speak, a technique that creates a lower sounding voice.

Remembering to employ variety in your speaking is a constant challenge, but it is of paramount importance. You can help people remain alert and pay attention while you speak if the pitch of your voice rises and falls. There are two main reasons why this strategy works. First, the varying pitches will prevent your voice from sounding monotonous. Second, the varying inflections can help emphasize a particular word. Remember, if you are not an engaging speaker, you will not be persuasive.

Clearly ARTICULATE every sentence, phrase, and word. When your speech is clear and coherent, it conveys competence. When your articulation gets sloppy, it suggests lack of education and laziness. Consider how lawyers, doctors, supervisors, lobbyists, and the like must be articulate if they are to survive professionally. Good articulation conveys competence, experience, and credibility. Another practical reason to have good articulation is simply because it is so much easier to follow. As previously discussed, people will comply with you more if you are easy to understand.

Treat your PAUSES like gold. Well-timed pauses attract attention to a particular part of your presentation, give others time to tune in and process your message, and help you gain poise and confidence if you’re rattled. Use intentional pauses for the points you intend to drive home. Not only does a pause increase comprehension, but it also helps to highlight important points. Use pauses to create attention, emphasis, and mood.

A carefully planned pause usually comes before the point you want to highlight. It is a common mistake to not hold the pause long enough. Be sure you allow enough of a pause that the full effect will be felt. When you do this, the audience anticipates and listens closely to what you will say next. They can tell something important is about to happen. This strategy is made even more effective when you combine it with pitch strategies: Be sure that as you come to the pause, your pitch is high, thereby building suspense and giving momentum to what will follow. Inflecting your pitch downward will defeat the purpose, providing a feeling of resolution instead of suspension.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

What are you using to fill in the pauses in your presentation? How are you going to stop using vocal fillers?

Make an audio of your self and judge yourself on pace, inflection, pitch, volume, articulation, and pauses.

Analyze your call to action and persuasive presentation and add silence to the key moments.

 

Add harmony to a stressfull job

English: Full Team

English: Full Team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is Your Job Stressful Add A Little Harmony

As everyone knows, every job has stress. Some stress is due to the nature of the job, some stress we apply to ourselves, and some stress is caused by those around us, be it demanding bosses, unreasonable customers or unproductive and scheming co-workers.

Malcolm S. Forbes once said, “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.”

So if workplace stress is a given, then how we handle this stress has a large impact on how well we perform and how much we enjoy our job.

The fact is that living and working with others is not always easy. You don’t have to like the people you work with, but you do need to be able to co-exist and co-operate with them. You can start by remembering that everyone has their place and the more harmony you can bring to the situation the more enjoyable it will be for everyone.

Why not try bringing a little harmony to the workplace by imagining your job as being a member of a choir. In a choir some people sing too loud, others too softly and some out of tune, but we’re all still part of the same choir. If you sing louder to compete with the loud singers or sing so softly that you are not heard or sing out of tune just to fit in, then you do nothing to help the choir-you don’t add anything to the harmony.

You can’t change how another sings, you can only do the best that you can and hope that others follow your lead.

The Roman philosopher Sallust said, “Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.”

Wise words, indeed. Whatever you do, don’t add to the disharmony, this will only make matters worse and drag the choir further out of tune.

Your performance should be based on how well you perform, and not the performance of others. The more harmony there is in a choir the better it sounds. The more harmony we can create at work the less stressful our job becomes. Don’t let someone else singing off key ruin your song.

Keep living the dream of singing

English: David Singing

English: David Singing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: a short course in singing for people ...

English: a short course in singing for people that can’t sing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back Beat record label

Back Beat record label (Photo credit: Fred Seibert)

A-Z of Bristol record labels

A-Z of Bristol record labels (Photo credit: brizzle born and bred)

English: Brett Manning performing at the Exit/...

English: Brett Manning performing at the Exit/In in Nashville, TN on October 6, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Artist Woman Singing Concert in Jazz Club

Artist Woman Singing Concert in Jazz Club (Photo credit: epSos.de)

It has been my dream to sing for so many years, but where do you start. I know that sometimes one can get discouraged and think that you can never reach you’re goal, but keep on reading.

WHERE TO START:

Well, I started of at joining a singing school. This was the best decision I made, because you need someone to guide you to use your voice to it’s full potential and they give you a chance to sing in front of a crowd, where you can grow and learn. This is where you grow as a performer and “get out of your shell.”

You can always get some voice exercises from the web, there are some great ones that even the well known singers are using like the exercises of Brett Manning.

You can also visit a well known recording company to record your songs on cd and promote yourself this way, by selling them. Also do remember that if you don’t write your own songs, you need to take a look at SAMRO’s website, because if you copy other people songs without permission, it is stealing.

Do you need get signed for a contract?

Don’t be stuck on getting a contract, with video blogging and blogging these days, you can advertise yourself and who knows, if you are well enough, someone will find you. You must just stay positive and keep on loading those songs. The signing of singing contracts are overrated in any case, what they actually do is to take a big bite out of you’re money.

There is just one thing, ask other people about their opinion of you’re singing, I have heard some people who think they can sing, but as they say, they are just completely “tone deaf“, they can’t hear that they are not singing on the note or even according to the melody of a song.

Conclusion:

So, if it is you’re dream to sing, don’t give up, just keep on dreaming and step out and do it, a dream stays a dream until you put it into gear. Singing is my passion and I am living it!!