The New Year is a time for reflection, no matter who you are. Resolutions are a great way to set your intentions for the coming year – and set yourself up for success. Whether you’re playing lots of club gigs, or just singing in your basement, here are a few New Year’s Resolutions to consider.
1) I Will Put Myself Out There
Big breaks don’t just come on their own. So if you want to start your climb to the top, now is the time to begin making connections. It can be scary to approach new faces, but being a music artist is dependent on networking – talent will only get you so far. There are plenty of ways to spread the word about your music; from the old fashioned knock on doors and schmoozing at shows, to the digital art of social networking. Making connections at an early stage in your career can help you build your reputation, share your music, and book shows.
2) I Will Practice My Art
Talent may be innate, but practice will help sharpen those skills to the point where you will get noticed. Our lives are busy, especially around the beginning of a new year, so you have to carve out a chunk of time each day in order to refine your instrument. Whether that means dedicating an hour in the morning to vocal exercises, or some time each night to songwriting, depends on your craft. The saying “practice makes perfect” is well-known for a reason – because it’s true!
3) I Will Make a Video
Once you have invested plenty of time into practice, why not make a video? Let’s face it. There’s no reason why you couldn’t make a video sometime this upcoming year. There are plenty of video making options, depending on how far you are along in your music career – you can have friends help in a low-budget, high-fun video shoot, or you can hire a professional, record a practice session, or have a friend capture your live show.
4) I Will Write Down My Goals
Goals are a great way to keep yourself working toward music industry success. And because it’s the beginning of the year, now is the perfect time to lay out goals for the next twelve months. Think about steps you want to take – they can be simple things like “talk to other musicians” or big career goals such as “book a spring tour.” Goals are great motivational tools, and when you have a handful to accomplish throughout the year, you’ll always keep moving towards the next level.
5) I Will Take Care of Myself
This may sound simple, but it’s an important one! Keeping yourself healthy and happy is vital to making 2015 your best year ever. Eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
Have a great 2015!!