My nephew, is only 11 years old but he’s already got a YouTube channel, Instagram account (where he does his live streaming videos) plus he’s just got himself onto Facebook as well.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, first and foremost I’m a very proud uncle and the fact that my nephew has no fear when it comes to doing things like making random videos for YouTube and creating live streams inspires me greatly because these are the two activities that I want to be doing this year but haven’t as yet.

I also love his attitude towards social media. If he’s got something to say and it requires a video, he’ll just upload it regardless of whether the quality is perfect or not. He doesn’t care about people might think.

He’s teamed up with his best mate and together, they put up videos about them just being themselves. You know, getting into mischief, exploring, making things, riding bikes and scooters, hanging out with mates, going to school and other stuff that 11 year olds get into.

It certainly has got me thinking… If my 11 year old nephew can shoot videos (whether they be edited or streamed live) and upload them online without any fear, then what is my excuse?

I’ve been telling myself for a while now that the next stage in my online development is branching out into podcasts and videos but what has been holding me back is FEAR. Fear of imperfection, fear about what others may think of my creations, fear about not being taken seriously

It seems that the older I get, the more set in my ways I become and the more I’ve allowed fear to influence the choices that I make.

I know my nephew is only 11 and at that age anything is possible but it does highlight to me how much age can change your perspective on things. While age can give you wisdom through learning from experience, it can also stifle your growth if you allow it to.

Therefore, this year (as one of my goals for 2018) I want to take a leaf out of my nephews book and start creating videos and podcasts regardless of whether they turns out perfect or not.

I want to create more and worry less.

This post is my reminder that the right time to do anything is NOW because life is far too short to sit and wait for the perfect time to come along.

So, with all that said, watch this space, there’s more content to come

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Yesterday, January 7th, was my birthday and because of this, I thought it would be a good time to end my self-imposed break from live performance and start off today by reaffirming to myself (and to all of you) my primary musical goal.

And that is this…

“To develop, maintain and sustain a career as a full-time songwriter/musician/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 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.”

The old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing gets really boring after a while when you realise that you don’t get anything achieved by adopting this way of doing things. 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 a year 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 🙂