Is your career plan working out?

Tick tock. The moments of our lives are slipping by. This weekend got me thinking about how these fleeting moments add up to a life—and whether or not it’s the life we imagined. So let me ask you, are you living the life you intended?

I had family visiting this weekend. This necessitated a major cleanup at my place. I found myself worrying about having everything “right” for their arrival. There was all the planning for what we’d do, eat, and see. And having enough alternatives to try to please everyone. I was all too aware that we don’t get to see each other very often and that we don’t have forever.

Part of the planned festivities included seeing the Downton Abbey exhibition (because some of said relatives are gaga about the show). And although I’d gotten us timed admission tickets well in advance, we waited in a huge line outside—in the rain for more than an hour—before we actually got in.

The weekend didn’t go as planned.

Still, we had a great time together. And the weekend was over before I knew it. I found myself missing the chaos and laughter as soon as everyone left.

Life is like that. It’s over before we know it and it never goes as planned.

Maybe it’s my age catching up with me, but I’m more aware than ever before that we don’t have endless tomorrows: we have just this one rodeo ride.

It’s the same with your career.

We get just the one go around. Time is precious. So if you’re not working on what matters most so you can advance your career, why not?

I see too many musicians spinning their wheels, unsure about how best to move forward.

They put in endless hours of practice, go into debt for more degrees, and then blindly apply for all the usual competitions and jobs that everyone else is going after.

It’s a supply and demand nightmare with everyone wishing and hoping to be “picked” and handed an opportunity. Is that really the life you intended?

Because this scenario leaves the overwhelming majority of talented, accomplished musicians feeling discouraged, frustrated, and under-employed.

Plan better

If your career “plan” is to take a zillion auditions and apply for all the “usual suspect” jobs, I have news for you.

That isn’t planning. It’s relinquishing your power to others who will choose whether you are what they want.

This is the equivalent of waiting in a long line in the rain for a popular mass-marketed show. Not recommended.

What’s the alternative?

As Seth Godin says, “Pick Yourself.”

This includes clarifying your actual intention and figuring out your WHY. What your actual purpose is as a musician and how you want to impact others through your music. Knowing this leads to better networking, better promotional materials, initiating more engaging projects, and creating more opportunities. It leads to what I call a career in forward motion.

I don’t know about you, but when I am on my deathbed (and yes, we will ALL get there), I want to be able to look back on my life and be able to say “I made the difference that I intended—I made a real contribution.”

Not, “I wish I had dared to . . .” or “I woulda, coulda, shoulda . . .” or “I wished I’d waited in more lines.”

If you want help clarifying your intention and getting your career into forward motion, there’s just one remaining spot open in my next Power Group coaching program starting in October.

What’s a Power Group?

It’s you joining me and three fellow musicians in a dynamic forward-leaning six-month small group coaching program.

We will meet online on Zoom every other week for group coaching sessions twelve times over the course of six months. During each session, you will have 30 minutes of laser-focused coaching with me. We’ll first clarify your goals and then work through the action items needed to get you into forward motion. And we’ll trouble shoot whatever might be a sticking point so you can get real career traction.

Are you truly invested in your music career: Are you "all in"?

The added advantage you’ll gain is that you’ll be doing this in the context of a small group. So you’ll get to listen, watch, and learn as your group mates also problem solve and advance their careers. The group energy and support is what compounds the learning and energizes the progress of Power Group members.

The essentials: Beyond Talent Power Group (small group coaching program)

  • 12 small group coaching sessions over the course of our empowered six months together.
  • An additional monthly copy-editing session in our private FB group ‘office hours.’ Great for promo materials, projects, Q&A.
  • Simple email support from me between sessions. Got a quick question? I’ve got you covered.
  • Unparalleled support from me and your fellow Power Group mates.
  • A personalized roadmap and strategies designed to boost your career and your artistry.

Who’s it for?

  • Professional musicians ready to invest in their careers and in themselves.
  • People who are used to self-managing their careers and are looking for ways to improve their approach and results.
  • Musicians who are ready to do the necessary work to change their habits and mindset.
  • People prepared to devote consistent focused time (at least 10 hours per week) to do the necessary work to move ahead.

Who’s it NOT for?

  • Students and recent grads. If you’re still (or recently) in school, this program is not for you. It’s for active experienced professionals.
  • It’s also not for musicians who are unclear about their desired goals.
  • And it’s not for musicians looking for someone to magically propel their careers forward. I’m a coach. Not a booking agent, manager, or publicist. My mission is to help you become better at managing your own career.

What to expect from me

I love my work: teaching clients how to level up their promo materials, their networking, the productivity, and their mindset so they can get more of their best work out into the world.

I offer clients a system and a set of tools that takes the guesswork out of advancing their careers . . .

Are you living the life you intended?

and together we custom-tailor a roadmap to reach their specific goals.

So let’s turn your clarified intention into action steps that get results.

What it Takes

The Beyond Talent Power Group requires a commitment from you. Expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours each week on your personal career roadmap work.

The investment for the Power Group program is $300 per month with a 6 month commitment.

Members take advantage of the pay in full option savings or pay by the month. But as I said, there’s only one remaining spot available. So the time to act is NOW.

To schedule a time to talk and see if you’re a fit for the program, click HERE.

Looking forward,

Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well

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