Thank you to all who responded to the Musicians’ Survey on the biggest challenges you’ve faced during Covid. Hot off the press, the Musicians’ survey results are in . . . see how your experience lines up with everybody else’s.
Drum roll please . . . the top three biggest challenges cited were . . .
1. Keeping yourself motivated (50%)
Half of our respondents named this as one of their top 3 challenges. In this distracted time, when we’re all cooped up, it’s easy to lose whole afternoons (and weeks) to social media and worry. And it’s easy to end up taking care of everything else but the projects that would most help you grow as a musician.
Whether it shows up as procrastination, discouragement, apathy, anxiety, fatigue, or self-loathing, the Resistance you experience is a force you will have to confront if you want to move forward. Even if it’s simply 45 minutes each day spent on a priority project—keeping that commitment can make a world of difference. Otherwise, your Resistance will rob you of your potential.
It’s something I regularly help clients with. Motivation isn’t something you either have or don’t have. It’s a habit you can cultivate and the good news is there are Tools to help.
“Angela helped me redefine who I am as an artist and channel that into an improved website, bio, and new headshots that really reflect who I am. Her guidance on the art of networking has been immensely beneficial and helped me get past my own personal barriers to become a better entrepreneur.”
— Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano
And the next most cited challenges, #2 and 3 were tied. They came in as . . .
2. Feeling disconnected (36.7%)
More than a third of those who answered the Musicians’ Survey cited feeling disconnected as a major challenge in our new reality. I get it. We’re all Zoomed out and on the one hand, life feels like it’s been on hold. And on the other, the days and months are flying by too fast.
What to do? The best results I’ve seen my clients achieve came from zeroing in on one specific project. This is about re-connecting to yourself and your work by focusing in on what you can work consistently on. Whether it’s overhauling your website, releasing an album, designing a recruitment campaign for your private studio, or raising money for a commission, by focusing on one project you can connect to your purpose.
What helps enormously is to have projects broken down into clear steps and get the accountability, support, and expert feedback that comes through coaching with a pro. No one ever said that being a musician during a pandemic was easy. That’s where having the right support and accountability come in.
“Many thanks. I’ve come to understand that your work helping musicians better communicate and present themselves is also the work of getting to know who we really are and what we really want — essentially a work towards self-knowledge, self-acceptance and authentic self-expression — this, for me, has been invaluable.”
— John Kamfonas, pianist
3. Uncertainty about the future (36.7%)
Once again, more than a third of survey respondents found the uncertainty of these times to be a major challenge. How do we plan in the face of all that’s unknown?
Here’s what I’ve found works with my clients. Staying in your own lane and focusing on what you DO have control over: your own artistic practice, reconnecting with colleagues and mentors, moving forward on your projects, and creating online events and performance experiences.
Taking action and getting into forward motion is key: one client released an amazing new album during Covid with a series of listening parties and an in-depth social media campaign; another client successfully raised over 120% of his fundraising goal in his Indiegogo campaign. Several others have overhauled their college teaching application materials and websites and are now getting interviews.
But the inner transformation for each musician has been what’s truly remarkable. To go from feeling discouraged and defeated to being energized and lit up with the confidence that comes with taking charge of your future—that’s priceless.
“Working with Angela didn’t just help me update my materials — it did and they have worked really well for me! But the most important thing has been changing how I saw myself professionally. That I was ‘worthy’ of creating a professional self-image that was stronger than I had imagined it could be. It’s been incredibly worthwhile.”
— Daphne Gerling, violist, faculty, University of North Texas
Musicians’ Survey Lessons learned: in these distracted, uncertain times, you may need extra support
If the Musicians’ Survey Results are speaking to you. If a lack of motivation and feeling disconnected and uncertain is getting to you and you could use expert advice and accountability, I invite you to check out my Beyond Talent Power Group program. I’m committed to helping musicians get more of their best work out into the world so they can become the artists they are meant to be.
I have a few remaining spots open in a Power Group that starts next month and I’d hate for you to miss out on something that could make all the difference in your 2021.
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 so you can get past your biggest challenges.
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 where we’ll work through the next action items on your plate and trouble shoot whatever might be a sticking point.
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.
“I recommend working with Angela to anyone who wants to improve the skills that are required in order to exist in this world as a musician. The tools that she’s taught me will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
— Esin Gunduz, composer/vocalist
The essentials: Beyond Talent Power Group (small group coaching)
- 12 small group coaching sessions on Zoom over the course of our empowered six months together.
- Twice monthly additional ‘office hour’ sessions for copy-editing feedback on your promo materials.
- Simple email support from me between sessions. Got a quick question? I’ve got you covered.
- Unparalleled support from me and your fellow Beyond Talent 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 the project they want to focus on.
- And it’s not for musicians looking for someone to magically propel their careers forward. Just to be clear: 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 teach 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 . . .
and together we custom-tailor a roadmap to reach their specific goals.
What’s needed from you
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 2021 Power Group program is $350 per month with a 6 month commitment and we have just a few remaining openings starting in April.
Ready to say “YES”? Great—to make sure you’re a fit for the program, let’s schedule a quick call HERE.
Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well