The Music Business – Mind Your Manners

In my travels I have been fortunate enough to be-friend some amazing people that were heavily involved in the music industry. One of those became a good friend of mine and she introduced me to some guys who were looking to put a band together.

They asked her if she would join and she said yes, but on one condition, and that condition was that she could bring me along too. I had never played live in a band before, I had never had a guitar or singing lesson, but luckily for me, she obviously had enough confidence in me. Her name is MaryAnne Rex, a very talented guitarist with a wicked sense of humour and is a great friend that would do anything for you. I will never forget what she did for me all those years ago because without her, I may never have achieved the things that I have.

The most important thing I remember she taught me was the discipline needed to work in the music industry.

  • How to dress when you are on stage
  • How to be reliable and not let anyone down
  • How important it was to be there no matter what
  • How to run your band as a business.    

How many times do you hear about successful bands that are now broke?, and usually it is because no-one really bothered to keep an eye on the money side of things.

The most important aspect of the discipline is ‘The Gig’. No matter what, you must be there. Rain, hail or shine, in sickness or in health, you must turn up to play.

You must also be respectful of the times set out by the venue manager when it comes to

  • loading in the sound and lighting gear
  • when they want the sound checks done
  • when your performance times are.

There is nothing worse than ticking off a venue manager which will lead to ticking off your agent, which will then lead to never working in the industry again. It is that simple.

You need to be professional at all times, but remember to have some fun too. I remember some of the most fun I have ever had is when we went on the road to do some mini tours around New South Wales. We did not get much sleep but we had heaps of fun.

Be prepared to make some sacrifices to achieve things in your band. The worst times are when you are dog tired or even sick. It does not matter, you have to be there. That is the type of discipline you will need.

My worst nightmare was having to ask the boss if I could leave early from work. He was the boss from hell and made things really challenging for me. One day, I had had enough and I resigned! There were a few other reasons at the time but I was positive I was making the right decision. A little risky? Yeah sure, but I was not going to fulfill my dream working full time in a post office.

Have you ever heard about the ladder of success? The music business is no different. Start at the bottom, even if it is against your better judgment, and work your way up. You never know who is in the audience at the worst gig in the worst little pub.

Working behind the scenes of a band is exciting too. There are many opportunities and lots of things to learn working as a sound engineer or lighting technician. What about as a tour manager or publicist?

I was lucky enough to get a job in the agency that represented my first band, ‘Backchat’ in Sydney. (The band my friend helped me get into). I had resigned from my government job and started at the agency two days a week rolling posters and doing the banking. Over a period of about 18 months, I was practically running the place. From that job, I joined another band, and in that band, I met my future husband. Just as well I resigned from that government job eh?

Just a little tip for you to remember. If you ever meet anyone that is even slightly famous, and they just happen to compliment you and strike up a conversation with you, don not forget to swap contact details. You never know where that could take you. I have kicked myself in the butt so many times over the years for letting an opportunity like that get away. The guy just happened to be a popular session musician who had many friendships with a lot of famous people. Big mistake!

Anyway, I hope you have a lot of fun, and learn everything you need to achieve your goals.

Forever Living Leads – How To Get Good Leads For A Forever Living Business

Forever Living Products is a health and wellness company that was founded by Rex Maughan in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1978. It now operates in 145 countries around the world, and has more than 9 million Distributors who can build their own business by selling the products and earning commissions. As well as commissions for retail sales Distributors can also earn bonuses on the sales of other people that they have personally added into the business.

Why Do I Need Leads When I Could Just Sell To My Friends And Family?

The nature of the Forever Living business means that you will have to become good at sales and marketing if you want to succeed. This means generating good free leads, prospecting, and closing. These are essential skills if you are serious about growing a big network marketing business.

Most people who join Forever Living Products will NOT have the skills to do this properly, and that is the main reason that the majority of people fail. If you want to be a success and grow a serious business you need to learn the basics of internet marketing, including how to find great free leads, so let’s take a look at these skills and how they can benefit you.

What NOT To Do

Before we look at the skills that you will need to learn if you are to be successful with Forever Living, let’s look at what NOT to do.

Traditionally network marketers are encouraged to approach their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and to use marketing techniques that are designed to help you grow your business locally. This could mean handing out flyers, business cards, CDs, DVDs, catalogues and free samples, putting adverts in shop windows or in the local newspaper, holding sales parties, giving presentations in your garage, or leading sales parties.

These methods are very time-consuming, very expensive, and will have little effect. How many times have you been handed a flyer for something and just put it straight in the trash without even reading it, or how many times have you skipped past the ads page in the local paper to get to the more exciting bits? How many times have you hung up the telephone once you’ve realized that the person on the end is a cold-caller trying to sell you something?

Selling in this way might get you a few sales but it will also cost you a lot of money and your profits will be small. You will also find that you quickly run out of people to sell to, because nobody has an infinite supply of family and friends.

The Best Way To Find Amazing Forever Living Leads

In order to see quick and lasting success with Forever Living Products you will need to learn better marketing skills. In the 21st century the key to success and financial freedom for you and your family is the internet. Every single day all over the world, from Australia to Canada, and from England to the Philippines, people are logging on to their computers and using the search engines like Google to look for health and wellness products that could benefit them. These are your leads, all you need to do is learn the art of making sure that these people find YOU.

If you can do this, you will have hundreds of people every single week contacting you, asking you for advice, and desperate to invest in you and your products. Your business will explode, and you will reap the rewards of having taken the time to train yourself in key marketing skills.

To find out more about how internet marketing could explode your revolutionize your approach to home-based business, see Forever Living Success.

How to Survive in an Alternative World at Roughly the 19th Century of Development – Rex Knight Does

Nitro Wild – by David C. Brown. ISBN 978-0-9831907-9-0. Published by the author, 2017. ($12.99 from Barnes & Noble, paperback edition). Reviewer received book from Author as pdf-book.

David Brown has composed an epic alternative fantasy history tale of the 19th Century.

Rex Knight is the protagonist. From Rex’s mysterious transport from Earth through his first few years on Erden, the inhabitants’ name for their planet, he struggles to survive, thrive, and finally succeed in great ways. Most of the story is related from Rex’s viewpoint.

There are other transported races and groupings of people. The Wapiti spoke a lingua franca that was primarily English, German and some of the indigenous peoples’, the Clovis, own language. This could support other transports and some indigenous groups, but there is also an alien, non-human race called the Ichneumons who rule a substantial part of the continent that appear to be much like 19th century North and South America.

The details of the planet, civilizations and governments here are sprinkled sparingly throughout the story’s development. The Ichneumons are vying for control of the world with the mighty Prussian empire. The area that conforms roughly to the Eastern United States is controlled by the Prussian Empire. The remainder is largely controlled by the Ichnemons. These two empires are at constant conflict for control of this continent. Meanwhile, the European and Asian equivalent continents are split between the Prussians and their allies and the Mongol tribes that are constantly restless if not openly attacking on the eastern borders of Prussia.

Historically, the Ichnemons have conquered and obliterated most of the indigenous population. The Wapiti and the Clovis have avoided such a fate by aligning with the Prussians. That and the rugged wilderness terrain of their area made it much more difficult for the Ichneumons’ Emperor, Rakakonda, and his troops. Since most of the contact had been through attempts at conquest and other forms of war, there is no love lost between the groups. The third major power group here is the slave owners who usually held great cotton plantations and maintained them with slave labor.

The Prussians are entering an Abolitionist time and many established institutions are upset, but specifically the slave trade has been discouraged and then outlawed throughout the empire. This creates another group fighting to control its own destiny. These plantation owners want to maintain the status quo for slavery, fearing that they will be bankrupted with any change.

The plots and the intrigues rival any power in 19th century Earth for sure. This all contributes to the complexity and different perspectives of the narrators. It also makes for a very intense and complex plot.

The format is chapters broken into sections where perspective changes between several narrators.

There are too many characters to describe here, but the most prominent are Rex Knight and his partner, Amy Caroom. Amy is wanted, dead or alive, by her own father, Purnell. From this humble beginning, there are characters numerous and varied. Most do not warrant mention as they pass in and out of the narrative, but they come in, are developed enough to be believable and then move on out of the perspective of the particular narrator.

One of the main difficulties is the incorporation of the alien race as main personnel involved in all the war, the political intrigues and even the antipathy between the slave owners and the Prussian Empire that holds sway over their area.

The plot weaves in and out of focus. The characters move on and off stage. The leaders of the groups and such, keep busy with political and actual problems while interacting well making the plot even stronger.

For lovers of alternative reality and historical adaptations of culture, science and creatures would love this book and it is easy to maintain interest. Since this is the first of a series of books from a relatively prolific author as Brown, all can look forward to more coming from this fertile mind.

5 Stars.

Review by Chris Phillips