Getting past the quarantine inertia and anxiety

Last week I had a great time doing the Beyond Talent Master Class with a terrific group of inspiring, accomplished musicians. We had the opportunity to dive deep on how to manage time and emotional health during the quarantine—and how to focus on what matters most.

We each need to find the right balance for ourselves. But if what you’ve been doing isn’t working, it’s time to make a change.

And if, like me, you want to be able to look back on this time and feel proud of how you showed up for yourself and others during the crisis, then you need to take a hard look at the choices you’re making.

So when asked where do we go from here, I suggested 3 things . . .

#1 Re-connect with colleagues and mentors you’ve lost track of

Think of 3 connections you’ve dropped the ball on. Three people you’ve been meaning to check in on but haven’t made the time for—or have felt guilty about letting so much time go by.

Send them a thoughtful email or DM and see how they’re doing. Don’t push your career or any agenda. Just re-connect. Now is the time to reach out to others. See about scheduling a phone or Zoom call. Find out how these people are doing and wish them well. Together, you’ll most likely gather and spark fresh ideas. At the very least, the conversation will help you both feel better: re-connect and get re-charged.

#2 Lean into your “dream project”

I find musicians always have a “dream” project—something they’d love to make happen. From a set of works they’ve always wanted to perform, to a piece they always wanted to write, an organization they wanted to create, or a workshop they always wanted to give.

Too many of us keep these projects to ourselves, telling ourselves we’ll get to it “someday.” When we have the time, or when we’re “ready.”

But if we’ve learned nothing else from the pandemic, it’s that life is short. You have the time NOW to get that project going. And to feel proud of how you invested in yourself today and in the coming weeks and months. That “someday” is now.

#3 Get your promotional materials in great shape

I know, this can seem crazy when it’s unclear when we’ll be back to live in-person concert gatherings.

But as we’re all moving more and more of our work online you need to have your promo materials in top form.

Does your website convey who you really are and what your distinct strengths are as a musician?

Does it depict the real you?

Do you have a compelling, engaging, memorable performance bio AND a specific teaching bio?

If this is something you know you’re in need of, be on the lookout for an announcement in the coming week. I had been working on creating a new online musician Bio course before the crisis and was feeling unsure if/when to offer it. But what I realized is there are some folks for whom now would actually be a very good time for this. So be on the lookout.

Musicians — where do we go from here?

Let’s go forward together. You don’t have to do it alone.

To help you gain traction, join the weekly FB Live follow up discussion: Tuesdays at 12 noon ET. We’d love to have you: just click HERE to request to join the MusiciansMakingIt FB Group and we’ll get you set up!

And if you’ve got a question about working with me to help you create an action plan in these uncertain times, check here.

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best,

Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well

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