I really enjoy your blogs and articles. I am an aspiring songwriter and musician and I am in awe of all the famous people you have played for. I would like to get out there just like you and I want to know if there is any advice you can give me. I am young but I want to get myself known, and I would appreciate it if you could help me.
I have one saying that goes like this: “A performer who performs in the middle of the woods is useless.” The reason for this is straightforward: “No one knows that you are there.” “Promotion” is the key to just about “anything” you do in life. You could be the best doctor, lawyer, music producer or businessman, but if no one knows about you then your talents (as well as your efforts) are wasted. There are several promotional tools that that can help you get out there musically. There are music sites like WWW.Reverbnation.com that feature original music. There is also a site known as WWW.CDbaby.com that is very helpful. Finally, there is one avenue that is free but is possibly the best promotional tool you can find, and that is WWW.Youtube.com. It is important for EVERY performer to have a package. Normally a package will consist of your songs, your videos and your pictures (The music industry is a VERY visual industry). If you don’t have a package then you need to “get” one. I help new and aspiring artists by putting their packages together for them, and if you would like to know more feel free to email me at Brettjolly@aol.com or contact me by phone at 215-900-9022. The “train of opportunity” is a train that has “no” set time for pulling into your station. Whenever that train arrives, you need to have your “bags” packed with everything you need to ride that train. If you don’t have it, then you will have to tell that train to move on and “hope” that it will come back into your station again. People know of me through my own promotional endeavors. Each gig I have done has brought me notoriety and people remember that. I still get people who recognize me from some of the television shows and big events that I have performed for, and it only helps to add to my marketability. While I am still striving for even bigger gains, I cannot be more thankful for the opportunities that have already been established for me. You can do the same. It is NOT just about talent, but how you handle yourself business-wise. Do your homework and promote yourself so that people will know who you are, and the rest will take care of itself. I would love to check out some of the things you are doing, so please feel free to send me a link. Thank you for reaching out to me and I wish you the very best of luck.
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The Delfonics and Brett Jolly in concert