Celebrate Yourself!

© 2010 Vinny Ribas 

With all of the ‘don’t do this’ and ‘don’t do thats’ that we are deluged with daily regarding your career in music, it is easy to become overwhelmed. The truth is that, if you are serious about your music, you most likely do a lot of things right every day. For that you need to be applauded. Most importantly, YOU need to applaud yourself for the things you do right, no matter how small each step is! Without recognizing the good things you do every day, you can become overburdened with guilt over the things you haven’t gotten to yet! 

Here are some small steps to celebrate. Add your own, based on your personal role: 

  1. Adding a new fan to your fanbase
  2. Updating your online calendar(s)
  3. Making a call to book a gig, regardless of the result
  4. Booking a gig
  5. Making a good connection with someone from the industry online
  6. Attending a music industry networking meeting
  7. Reading this magazine and any other educational material
  8. Signing up for a workshop or seminar
  9. Attending a workshop or seminar
  10. Learning a new song
  11. Sitting down to write a song (whether you finish one or not)
  12. Writing a new song
  13. Adding to your ‘song ideas’ list
  14. Practicing your instrument
  15. Doing your vocal exercises
  16. Taking a lesson (voice or instrument)
  17. Updating your blog
  18. Selling a CD or EP
  19. Selling a digital download
  20. Writing/sending a newsletter
  21. Posting a new song online
  22. Making a video (even a home video)
  23. Posting a video
  24. Setting up a co-writing appointment
  25. Rehearsing with the band
  26. Co-writing
  27. Taking new pictures for your website
  28. Posting new pictures online
  29. Writing a new set list
  30. Changing the strings on your guitar
  31. Cleaning your instrument
  32. Buying new equipment
  33. Learning how to use your equipment better
  34. Pitching a song
  35. Making a good new contact to add to your personal network
  36. Friending people who really like and listen to your music
  37. Writing a press release
  38. Sending out a press release
  39. Putting together a hard-copy promo package
  40. Putting an EPK (electronic press kit) together
  41. Updating your EPK
  42. Communicating with your fans (email, chat, IM etc.)
  43. Posting fliers or other announcements about your next gigs
  44. Texting your fan base regarding your gig
  45. Selling merchandise
  46. Adding someone to your street team
  47. Recording a song
  48. Checking your supply inventory (batteries, CDs, merch, strings etc.)
  49. Adding a useful widget to your website or social network
  50. Purposely listening to music outside your genre to find new influences 

As you can see, if you have a plan for your career and you are working it, you have a LOT to be happy about. But notice that I don’t suggest that you just pick 10 of these to do. That is because it is easy to fall into the trap of getting complacent doing ‘busy work’, and not doing the things that really move your career forward. Every one of the things on this list that applies to your career is equally as important as the next!

About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.