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The Secrets Of Truly Successful Networking & Planning with Keith Profeta
For July’s episode of the podcast I was super excited to chat with Keith Profeta.
Forever a music lover, Keith has held many positions throughout the music industry. The music business is as much a passion as the music itself.
Jumping in and out of bands starting at age 16, Keith never really found his true calling in front of the microphone. At that point he started managing a friend’s band, handling all the behind the scenes work in making the band a success.
Never being satisfied, Keith started a fanzine to find more great music and reviewed 100’s of band’s demos, offering them straightforward tips on how to get to the next level in their careers. A few bands really struck and he was signed on to be a promoter for them eventually turning it into a full-time booking agency in New York City.
To expand his knowledge Keith then attended the Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Music Business. This led to a position at a music marketing firm in Manhattan to continue learning about the business side of music.
Today the dream continues at Indie Band Guru, staying busy in music and helping guide musicians to the promised land of a successful career in music.
Keith has found that the part that has most dreamers stuck is having an actual plan. We all try to do a million things at once and in the end do not do any one of them well. Taking the time to develop a plan and an order of work will produce much greater results in a much quicker time frame.
We focussed on discussing how to really build those all-important, door-opening relationships – and how to create a solid plan to keep motivated and focussed.
Keith is totally open to chatting with you further if you have any questions. Reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org, putting Daydream Believers in the subject line 💜
Here are the questions we addressed:
Ron: I always find it difficult to build a relationship with people like Keith. What can I do to keep in contact with, and learn to be useful to him?
Patrick: I tried hard at networking in IT but fail to make long term networking relationship. Any tips on harvesting meaningful networking relationships?
Matthew: What is Keith’s approach to planning for a goal? We have focussed on the 12 Week Year approach quite a bit in the group providing small milestones to keep motivated for larger goals. How would he keep his eyes on the prize to guarantee success?
If funds are low for employing a PR firm what steps can we take to help engage with new fans? Are we limiting our success with the go it alone approach? And when is the right time to engage with a professional PR Team?
Do you need an audience (other than licensing firms and music supervisors) if you are writing for sync?
Xabiso: I have just started promoting my own night club event. I would like to know if you have any advice when it comes to the business side of things. Simply put: how would I run it like a business? I know this could be very broad – a few pointers would be really helpful.
This will actually be the last episode of the Daydream Believers podcast. Moving forward, I’ll be teaming up with Xabiso and Matthew to create a brand new music podcast called Music Of The Spheres.
We’ll be showcasing electronic music artists and labels: interviewing guests, featuring guest mixes and also presenting you with our own tune selections from the artists and labels that are making our ears tingle.
We’re aiming to launch later this year – updates will be coming soon so stay tuned!
Thanks so much for listening!
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Inside The Mind Of A Musician with James Willis
For June’s episode of the podcast, I was excited to welcome as our guest, another Dreamer: James Willis. He was so nervous, bless him! This was his first ever interview.
James has always had a passion for music and first started recording over 20 years ago. He grew up in the East Midlands, in the UK, then moved to Cornwall in his early 20s. He took a bit of a hiatus from music between 2005-2012 to take on a job on the railways travelling the UK – and during this time, his son was born.
He may not have been making music over this period, but he listened to music religiously whilst driving up and down the country from job to job. Around 2012, his relationship started breaking down and as a result, he threw himself into music production again. In 2017 he released his first album through the distribution company, Amuse. He has now released…wait for it…no less than six albums and two singles – and he has no intention on stopping anytime soon!
Here are some of the questions we covered by members of my private members’ community on Patreon and Daydream Believers coaching community:
Q1. With such a high output rate, what criteria do you set yourself for an album release? Is it the next best set of songs or do you work to a theme/concept?
Q2. Are your albums solo efforts or do you find collaborators/contributing artists? If the later, how do you find other musicians?
Q3. What are your preferred distribution channels? Have you encountered any pros or cons with those you have tried?
Q4. How are you promoting your work – and what have been the most effective approaches?
Q5. From a techie point of view, what set up does James have for his recording? What are his main instruments? Does he mix and master all his work himself?
Q6. What are James’ main musical influences? Has he set out to write in certain genres as a result or just gone with the flow?
If you’d like to give James’ music a listen, you can find it on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon – and if you’d like to connect with him, here’s his Facebook.
The podcast will be changing format soon to be more music-focused. We’re also going to be rebranding it – and I’m going to have a couple of co-hosts! More info on that coming soon! 🙂
Thanks so much for listening!
The amazing people who are members of my community on Patreon enable me to continue making these podcasts. If you’d like to join us, head to: https://www.patreon.com/lizcirelli
How to be unstoppable with Ryan Smith
For May’s episode of the Daydream Believers podcast, Liz was super excited to welcome as one of our guests a Dreamer himself – Ryan Smith.
Ryan is a prolific creative. He is also autistic and that makes a lot of things hard or impractical for him. But he hasn’t let that stop him.
One thing he’s learned in life is that some people were dealt good cards…others were given more challenging ones. That said, he believes everyone has one mighty trump card that only they have or can play. The cards Ryan was dealt are not easy to play – but he’s come to realise that his power card is his imagination – his creativity – and he has learned to harness that.
During this episode, our aim was to encourage people who have a big idea or a dream, and who know they’re on a very different path, especially if the dream is difficult to do. People who come from very difficult backgrounds or have handicaps, like Ryan.
We discussed how we can play to our strengths and use them to outplay our shortcomings – how we can use our unique insights to get to where we want to be in life – and of course, we answered the questions submitted by members of Liz’s Patreon and Daydream Believers coaching community.
* How to do a hands-on approach to overcome external or self-inflicted hurdles on the way to self-fulfilment. I mean, you got a goal but you stumble on the way. Would be nice with some practical advice, wouldn’t it? I know it sounds a little silly but I saw people struggle with simple things like not getting free from work to participate at an event, didn’t get the funds together to buy proper tools (gear) or have no clue where to find essential pieces of information needed. Guess we all had that at one time in our life, but we overcame that, right?
* Where should you plant your goal? Far, far away so it takes a long time to reach or just close enough, so you get there in a blink of an eye. Goals can be changed and set at any time in life. Should you have a few or many?
* If you’re going through an inspirational drought, all creativity fell off and you feel empty, how to gain momentum again and fill yourself with energy? Can you guys talk about that too?
* Has Ryan experienced any extra “gifts” in his life in terms of talents or abilities that sometimes accompany autism?
* What is Ryan’s philosophy of life?
* How does Ryan view the typical goals and targets of today’s world culture – specifically the popular “goals” and “targets” that are often pushed and taught such as “how to become (singularly) successful,” “how to rise above the competition,” “how to acquire more money and attention,” — without reference to helping others or being of service to your environment and the people in it?
* What advice does Ryan have for people who struggle with down days, frustration and overwhelm?
* How did Ryan get into his passion for art and animation?
* What has he learned along the way as a creative?
* What drives and motivates him?
* What does he do for fun?
* What have been the most effective fundraising platforms for creative projects that he has used and what approach has Ryan found that works best for him engaging with his supporters and potential audience?
If you’d like to delve a little deeper into Ryan’s world, here are some of the ways you can connect with him:
The Patreon page of Uniques United which has information about the cartoon: https://www.patreon.
Emotional Empowerment, Self-healing and Self-Connection with Veronica Amarelle
For this month’s episode of the Daydream Believers podcast, I was super excited to explore emotional empowerment, self-healing and self-connection with life coach and wellbeing specialist, Veronica Amarelle from Healed Soles.
Veronica focuses on helping people deeply connect to their own inner wisdom and ability to self-heal. It is through nurturing this deep connection to the self that we can feel a deep sense of emotional stability and empowerment in our day to day lives. This then increases our ability to design and live life in a way that’s inspiring, uplifting and in alignment with our best possible realities.
She has spent 12 years studying energy healing, life coaching and numerous different healing modalities and has created an incredible course tying together some of the best techniques to teach people how to master their own emotions and how to feel more stable and deeply connected to life.
During this episode, we spoke at length about how you can tap into your own inner-wisdom to bring all that you dream into your reality.
Would you like to learn how to connect to your own inner wisdom and learn how to self-heal? Would you like to know how to maintain a deep sense of emotional stability and empowerment so you can design your life in a way that’s in alignment with your best possible realities? We hope this podcast episode will do its part in helping you get there.
Here are the questions we covered that were submitted by members of my coaching community, Daydream Believers:
Tim: How do we heal from deep shame? What about if we don’t like ourselves and struggle to love ourselves?
Munir: Hi Liz. I think it was you who made the statement “Find your tribe” and it really resonated with me ever since. I don’t know if that fits in with Veronica’s scope for the podcast (hello!) but would appreciate hearing more about finding one’s tribe.
Reid: well we all know how hard it is to make your dreams a reality, how do I successfully prioritize self-time against all the work? I always seem to leave taking care of myself to the end, and it often doesn’t happen. Any guidance?
Ryan: I have a question. How can I stay steady inside against anything that happens, no matter how serious it may be? I suffer from agoraphobia, anxiety disorders, and PTSD, and a fear of dentistry and surgery. I also have autism which makes a lot of things tough or impractical for me.
How can I find peace within myself in a world where something like a health scare or any sudden urgent event, in general, could knock me off my rocker?
Xabiso: I am very in touch with my emotions. Sometimes this can really get in the way of me being logical and calculated. I can sometimes be stoic too. How do I find a good balance between the two?
Matthew: I find I take on board other people’s emotions very easily. Have you any strategies for keeping centred when dealing with an emotional situation or person?
General strategies for maintaining positive focus and energy day to day would also be very helpful.
Huge love and gratitude to all the amazing people inside my Patreon community – it’s their generosity that enables me to continue making this podcast. If you’d like to join us and connect with me on a deeper level, just head to https://www.patreon.com/lizcirelli where you can sign up quickly and easily. As a patron, you’ll get access to some really lovely rewards.
Yoda Speaks with Gary Gray – Part 2
This is the second half of the two-part podcast episode, during which I chatted with The Master himself: my dear friend and mentor, Gary Gray.
Gary is an award-winning composer/songwriter/producer/engineer and author of the “The Home Studio Bible.” He is considered one of the top mentors in the entertainment industry and his list of clients include 20th Century Fox, The Disney Music Group, Hollywood Records, and of course yours truly!
He was extremely fortunate to acquire mentors such as Phil Collins, Phil Ramone, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea and other legendary greats and takes great joy in passing the knowledge and wisdom he learned from these greats to those ready to listen.
One of the reasons Gary is regarded so highly in the industry is that he approaches each person as a whole, and does not just “teach.” In fact, as you’ll discover during this episode, Gary will reveal why he considers it extremely damaging to “teach” an artist how to do their art.
Whether you’re in the music industry or not, this is a Podcast you WON’T want to miss. Trust me!
This half of the episode focuses mostly on answering the questions that were submitted by my patrons and the members of my online coaching community, Daydream Believers.
We delve deeper into the one activity that, in Gary’s opinion, defines true success, and will absolutely lead to deep and meaningful happiness that no one can take away from you: HELPING. Helping other people, helping your family, helping the community. Being responsible first to yourself, yes, but for the purpose of helping others as a primary activity in your life.
Gary believes that action is the best therapy, that productive successful accomplishment is the best meditation that exists, that watching someone else do better in life from your efforts is the best medicine ever invented, and that discipline and hard work are the best cure for the soul, the mind and the body.
During this episode, you will hear Gary’s advice on how to deal with what he refers to the Myth-makers and Brainwashers that exist, albeit most of them unwittingly, in the entertainment industry. In particular, we focussed on whether or not you have to be a performing musician in order to be ‘successful’.
We also touch on how to ask the right questions in order to get the results you are seeking – a stumbling block most of us don’t even realise is tripping us up. We discuss the ever-important topic of how to build truly solid relationships and we chatted in depth about what truth actually is.
Gary also shared his insight on how you can take ownership of your past successes to create more success – and he shared his opinions on health and what it means to truly look after yourself.
We also reveal how a typo – a seemingly simple, innocent little thing – could potentially destroy your career…
Here are the questions we cover during this episode:
Do you feel the power of record labels has diminished with the focus on streaming media platforms like YouTube and Spotify? Does this ease of access for musicians improve the opportunity for success and what are the key skill sets needed for success within these new structures?
Do musicians need to be performers to be successful? With YouTube being such a focus for music consumption how important is it to have good visual creative skills to engage with that audience?
If writing for the TV and Film markets with the music library and music supervisor as a targeted audience is it still necessary to engage in social media campaigns and promote your self in the same way as a performing artist?
How do you identify the best music library service for your music? Do they specialise in genres or industry focus?
Yoda Speaks with Gary Gray
I’m so excited to share this two-part podcast episode with you, during which I chatted with The Master himself: my dear friend and mentor, Gary Gray.
Gary is an award-winning composer/songwriter/producer/engineer – and helped me mix/master my album, Awakening.
Besides being an accomplished musician, Gary is the author of the “The Home Studio Bible,” and is considered one of the top mentors in the entertainment industry. It’s an honour and a privilege to be his student.
His clients include 20th Century Fox, The Disney Music Group, Hollywood Records, and of course yours truly!
One of the reasons Gary is regarded so highly in the industry is that he approaches each person as a whole, and does not just “teach.”
Whether you’re in the music industry or not, this is a Podcast you WON’T want to miss. Trust me!
Gary refers to life as being “brutiful” – a combination of brutal and beautiful. He has learned that humans tend to put up with a lot of the brutal side of life for small glimpses and short moments of the beautiful side of existence. How can we help each other tip the scale so that more and more of our day-to-day lives are less brutal – and more beautiful?
And on the painfully practical side of life – how do we determine when we are being fed myths and brainwashed in the entertainment industry? How can we know when we are being led down a path of truth in our own crafts and our own careers?
Gary developed a lifetime of wisdom by surviving through what he calls, “Years of Trial & Terror.” His goal is to help others avert the mistakes he made along the way by sharing his experience, wisdom and education. He made it a point to seek out the best mentors he could find in order to figure out the mystery of success and what it really means. He was extremely fortunate to acquire mentors such as Phil Collins, Phil Ramone, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea and other legendary greats.
Gary considers seeking happiness and self-success to be an unfortunate and ill-conceived target, brought about by the blind-leading-the-blind mentality in today’s “me me me” culture. The way Gary explains it, “I strive for myself, and for my students, to focus on one activity that, in my opinion, defines true success, and will absolutely lead to a deep and meaningful happiness that no one can take away from you: and that one activity is very simple: HELPING. Helping other people, helping your family, helping the community. Being responsible first to yourself, yes, but for the purpose of helping others as a primary activity in your life.”
How do you navigate your day-to-day life, full of stress, financial worries, non-stop texts, emails, social media posts and IMs, in such a way where you can and do help others and achieve true and meaningful success that many never experience? A secret that may surprise you – Gary believes that action is the best therapy, that productive successful accomplishment is the best meditation that exists, that watching someone else do better in life from your efforts is the best medicine ever invented, and that discipline and hard work are the best cure for the soul, the mind and the body.
As you can see, this is a podcast packed with gold. The way Gary puts it, “Every time I help someone, I find that that person ends up helping me just as much, if not more – and that I learn something new. The one thing I learn over and over again is that I always need to learn more!”
Tune in – and learn from one of the most inspiring people I know. Part 2 will be coming next month…stay tuned!
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