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How Do You
'Unleash' Your Talents ?
Let's talk about artist empowerment -- one of my
favorite topics lately ...
long ago I presented one of my first Unleash the
Artist Within workshops. While promoting the
event, I discovered that different people have different
interpretations of what it means to "unleash" themselves
as an artist.
people assumed at first that the workshop was about
developing your creativity, along the lines of Julia
Cameron's book, "The Artist's Way." Some of what I talk
about does relate to giving yourself permission to
create and feeling worthy to do so, but my definition of
"unleash" is more far-reaching than
do I mean by "Unleash the Artist Within"? Well, I
believe that to be a successful musician, you must be
willing to ...
- Unleash your creative leanings, artistic
inclinations and natural talents. Yes, exercising your
creativity has many benefits. For one, it's personally
rewarding. Denying yourself the opportunity to write,
perform and record music can lead to stagnation and
frustration. By feeding and answering the call of your
creative urges, you improve the quality of your own
life while enriching the world with your talents.
- Unleash your potential to
create something of beauty or significance. When you
take action on your musical interests, you bring your
ideas to life. Too many people only dream about their
creative desires and never see their talents
materialize. When you "unleash the artist within," you
transform your music into a tangible form that can be
enjoyed, experienced and shared. And that's a powerful
- Unleash your belief in yourself. While
you're busy unleashing, be sure to set free your
confidence, desire, optimism and enthusiasm. Many
creative people are plagued by fear and doubt. It's no
wonder, with all the misguided "struggling artist"
advice heaped on creative people. Don't buy into it.
Your fears are self-imposed. So brush the self-doubt
aside and choose to let your belief in yourself shine
- Unleash your creative gifts and your
artistic contribution to the world. Playing music and
being recognized for your talents feels good. It's
this personal reward that draws most people to music
in the first place. However, I believe the most
successful musicians quickly evolve and begin putting
more emphasis on the benefits they deliver to fans.
Making an artistic contribution and sharing your
unique brand of music should be the ultimate thing
that drives you. And, interestingly, putting a
priority on your fans leads to more personal
satisfaction for you.
- Unleash your worthiness to receive and
be rewarded for your creative contributions. I also
believe that empowered musicians go through three
Four Weeks to
Your Creative Talents into More
Recognition, More Profit and More
Playing music for themselves.
2) Playing music
for the benefit of others. And ...
many people get hung up on #3. To truly "unleash the
artist within" you must know that making money with your
talents is not only acceptable, it's part of the
abundant nature of the universe. You have something of
value to offer, and you deserve to be rewarded for your
contribution to the world.
hammer home these thoughts on why it's important to
"unleash," let me share a great quote from Patanjali,
who is credited with founding the philosophy of yoga
more than 2,000 years ago:
"When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break
their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your
consciousness expands in every direction and you find
yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant
forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you
discover yourself to be a greater person by far than
you ever dreamed yourself to
about that as you contemplate your rightful place in
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about the author >>
Bob Baker is
the author of "Guerrilla Music Marketing
"Unleash the Artist Within" and "Branding
Yourself Online." He also publishes The Buzz Factor, a
web site and e-zine that deliver marketing tips,
self-promotion ideas and other empowering messages to
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