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🥰 How to Rebuild Your Confidence as a Composer ⭐️ highlights 🧠 mindset Apr 09, 2024

One of the most difficult questions I’ve ever been asked came from a 30-year old composer back in 2023.

Here’s what he wrote to me:

“On paper, I have the knowledge, experience, and abilities to pursue a full-time musical career in some form or another.

But I lack FAITH.

On a good day, I still can’t see where all of my efforts are leading. And a bad day, my work feels...

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🗓️ How I Start Every Week to Avoid Overwhelm 🧠 mindset Apr 02, 2024

As you may have discovered yesterday…

Mondays can make or break your energy and motivation for the rest of the week:

I used to feel like Garfield.

I’d over-exert myself at the start of every week, thinking:

“I’ve got to get EVERYTHING done on my to-do list to stay ahead!”

But every time I’d do that…

I’d be SO exhausted by the end of the day...

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❤️‍🩹 Overcoming "Content Block" for Composers ⭐️ highlights 🧠 mindset Mar 26, 2024

Throughout the last 365 days, my YouTube channel has been climbing rapidly to nearly 100,000 subscribers.

But for the past few months...

I'd been dealing with a pretty hefty creative block.

It started with a short break from content creation I took in November to create the  Composing Career Bootcamp.

But as more time went on, I found it harder and harder to resume the types of YouTube...

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📖 How to Build a Brand, Not Just a Business (feat. Chris Do) 🧠 mindset Mar 26, 2024

Some of you may know that I’m a huge Chris Do fan.

Chris is an artist, educator, and co-founder of The Futur, a channel with career advice that has been absolutely invaluable in the growth of my personal business as a composer.

In this interview with Chris, I was drawn to his encouragement on “building a story brand”:

A “story brand” is the difference between you...

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😫 How to Overcome "Composer's Block" 🧠 mindset Feb 13, 2024

A student composer I’ve worked with in the past reached out to me a few weeks ago asking how I go about dealing with “composer’s block”.

Initially I was going to fire off a few quick tips, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how layered the issue really is.

So I’m going to try something different.

We’re going to do a multi-part examination...

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🤔 How to Decide if Composing Full-Time is Worth It ⭐️ highlights 🧠 mindset Feb 06, 2024

A few weeks back, an old friend and colleague of mine reached out in response to my newsletter to ask about a career pivot he’s been considering.

(He’s probably reading this one, too—hope you don’t mind me sharing!)

From my understanding, he composes mostly for pleasure at the moment, but has thought about giving it a go full-time.

When reaching out, he asked me for my...

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❗ Introduce Jeopardy Into Your Goals 🧠 mindset Jan 23, 2024

I watched an incredible interview with chef, entrepreneur, and TV celebrity Gordon Ramsay last month.

The interview is packed with little gems from a man who’s spent his entire life climbing uphill, but one of his lessons really stood out to me.

Check out 38:30 to hear Gordon’s thoughts on risk.

When asked about how he handled the insecurities and doubts surrounding risk, he...

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💪 Transform Your “Nervous Energy” 🧠 mindset Jan 23, 2024

To reframe anxiety related to your art or career, think about it like a rollercoaster.

On the way up, you feel nervous, anticipating the steep drop ahead.

“How much higher? What will the drop feel like? What if it goes too fast?”

That anticipation and nervousness peaks at the very top of the rollercoaster, until…

…the drop.

Suddenly, the once-quiet crowd erupts...

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🧠 The Hidden Cost of “Success” 🧠 mindset Dec 19, 2023

This is a subject I’ve thought about for years.

Throughout history, we’ve idolized the tortured artist.

When we hear stories of music born out of sleepless nights, tortuous revisions, or personal tragedy, we’re primed to appreciate their work all the more.

We celebrate success born of blood, sweat, and tears.

But what we don’t consider is the effect of these sacrifices...

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🖕 F*ck This, F*ck Me, F*ck You 🧠 mindset Dec 19, 2023

Venus Theory released a video I think every artist should watch.

So many of us hold ourselves back from our artistic potential simply because we don’t think we’re “allowed” to make certain kinds of art.

We think our work is “too derivative”, “too simple”, “too generic”…

… but what you’re REALLY afraid of is that...

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