As of last Thursday (March 26th, 2020) my day gig at Adelaide Air Monitoring has all but dried up and I have now added my name to the list of people who have made an “intention to claim” through the MyGov website.

As I wait for the phone call from Centrelink I realised that instead of feeling bad that my day gig has all but gone I can look at my situation in a more positive way…

Right now, at this very moment, I have been given the gift of time so now it is my responsibility to use this gift wisely and start doing the things that I have been talking, planning scheming, dreaming and making lists about for the longest time.

I’m reminded by an article that I found on the Time To Write blog called Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? in which the author Jurgen Wolff unveils two parts to an equation.

First of all, the “secret” of finding the very thing that you need to be doing that defines who you are and secondly, how to do the things you need to do that defines you.

He explains the second part of the equation in this way…

You’ve found it. Now what?

Is there a secret? Something they don’t want you to know but that I will reveal to you if you send me lots of money?

No, nobody’s trying to keep it from you and there’s no charge. It’s simple. Not always easy, but simple:

  1. Start
  2. Continue
  3. Fail (because we can imagine perfection but not attain it)
  4. Learn from the failure
  5. Continue
  6. Repeat 3 through 5

Number one is the hardest but the other steps have their drawbacks, too.

So why do it? Because it means something to you.

Yes, being a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger means something to me and no, there is no real secret, just action and for me this means navigating through a minefield of fear and doubt.

This fear and doubt has been something that I have carried with me for many, many, many years and it has been very successful in stopping me doing what I want to be doing with my life.

Not any more.

I have been conveniently been using my day gig as an excuse to not be living the life that I want to be living but at the end of the day I’ve just been very scared of being venerable and putting myself out there to be judged, compared and rated in the minds of the general public.

Now, there is no more “I’ll get around to it when I have the time.” I have all the time that I need and all I’ve got to do is to follow the steps outlined in the article Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? and I’ll be halfway there.

Wish me luck and watch this space…

Peace,

Corey πŸ™‚


Original Source: Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? – Time To Write

I think it would be an understatement for me to say that we are all living in interesting times at the moment especially if you work in the entertainment, arts and music industries.

I have musician friends whose livelihoods (for the next 6 months at least) have just evaporated in a blink of an eye. On a personal note, any attempts for me to get back into live gigs have been put on hold.

Thankfully, my day gig is still going so financially I’m doing okay.

I think what I need to be doing right now is bunker down and keep myself and my family safe for the time being and I imagine that is what all of you want to be doing as well.

On my birthday (January 7th) I wrote a post titled Today, I Reaffirm My Musical Goals (A Birthday Gift To Me) where I restated my primary musical goal to you all.

The goal was “…to develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

Well, in these interesting times we live in, being a musician that sustains a living primarily from the online world doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched goal to realise now.

I mean, as time goes on, there are going to be lots of people that will end up either in self isolation or forced quarantine at home with not much to do.

What do these people need (besides Netflix) to keep them entertained and to stop them from going stir crazy from cabin fever? They need music, they need to experience an online musician or two.

They need people like ME and YOU.

As my way of developing, maintaining and sustaining my own online music career, I’ll be using this COVID-19 driven downtime wisely, researching ways to work from the comfort (and relative safety) of my own home as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger.

And I’ll be using this blog as a means to document my journey.

I’ll also be using this downtime to concentrate more on my health as I want to be able to give myself the best possible chance I can to get through to the other side of this situation both physically and mentally.

For me and my family.

All I can say right now is keep calm and stay safe, keep your distance, wash your hands and keep on creating.

We need good music, good art, good books, good laughs more than ever before so don’t let all of the panic and hysteria get you down.

Peace,

Corey πŸ™‚

Today is January 7th which is my birthday.

This means that today I celebrate my 49th year on this planet and because of this, I thought it would be a good time to reaffirm to myself (and the rest of the world) my primary musical goal.

And that goal is this…

“To develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

Now, this goal doesn’t mean that the more traditional face to face music business related activities will get neglected along the way. No way!

I actually love the cut and thrust of getting out there and networking, securing my own gigs and using the power of word of mouth advertising to create a community around me, my music and any other projects that I’m involved with but I know that I’ll be starting again almost from scratch so the question I ask myself is “how am I going to achieve this goal?”

Well, I’ll be well on my way to achieving by doing these three things:

1. Simplifying my life

I know that I have the tendency to over-complicate and over-think aspects of my life and work which paralyses me through having too much choice.

I’ve started on the road to simplicity a few months ago by deciding that this site is the main focus for all of my musical endeavours and pulling all of my content into it. I will be having a closer look at ways in which I can streamline my online presence in the near future and (of course) it’s my intention to blog about it.

2. Focusing on my activity

As well as over-complicating and over-thinking aspects of my life I also fall into the habit of doing far too many things at once under the guise of needing to “diversify my income.”

Now, income diversification is not necessarily a bad thing in the modern music industry. I know that I need to wear a few hats to ensure that I maintain and sustain a music career however, doing the old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing too much will get really boring when I realise that all I’ve been doing is running around in circles not achieving anything.

I know I can do a lot of things but I need to be mindful of what I’m really doing every time I decide to take on another job here, another role there.

Which leads on nicely to the last point…

3. Internalising my efforts

I know, I admit it, I’m a people pleaser and in the past, I’ve done anything for anyone because I wanted to be seen as the “nice guy” and would do whatever I could to protect that stance, even at the cost to myself. Well, as of today there will be no more of that.

Helping others is fine as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my own stuff.

One of the things that taking some time off from gigging has enabled me to do is give me a fresh perspective on what I will say yes and (more importantly) no to if asked.

I am first and foremost, my own client in my music business and even though I’m open to any opportunity that comes my way, if I have time spare to work with anyone else in the same capacity I’ll do so but, if I don’t, I won’t.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that and I hope you’ll understand that if you happen to be the one doing the asking.

This year is about creating and maintaining some balance in life. I’ve had my break and now it’s time for me to get back into it but this time I’ll be working smarter (not necessarily harder) towards achieving my primary musical goal.

Peace,

Corey πŸ™‚