Your Year in Music: A Review

Dec 03, 2013

Today I want to talk about the benefit of a yearly review and outline the process for you. This might bring up notions of corporate culture and assessments from a boss, but really, doing this for yourself will force you to learn from your victories and mistakes as well as allow you to maximize the new year like never before! Your ... Continue

5 Things To Not Be Grateful For in the Music Biz

Nov 26, 2013

You know me, I’m all about a positive mindset - and gratitude is a HUGE part of that. But as an independent artist today, you’re facing some situations that you absolutely DO NOT have to be grateful for. In fact, you should run away from. Keep on reading for the 5 things you better be careful about listing at the ... Continue

Does Your Music Video Have These 5 Secret Weapons?

Nov 19, 2013

You get back what you put in. It’s the law of physics. Are you leaving your art / craft half-baked? Do you get so excited to release something that you rush to put it out there knowing it could have been better if you had more time + money? But you do it anyway just to see what happens? Well, it’s ... Continue

Do You Have Musician Gambler Phobia?

Nov 12, 2013

Money! The bane of your existence as a musician, right? Thing is - you’re not in it just for the money. If you were, you’d have been a lawyer or doctor or accountant like Aunt Mary, right? But you’re not a lawyer, you’re a musician. An artist. A creator. You make music out of thin air. An idea turns into a melody, produces ... Continue

10 Steps to Fast Forward Your Music Now

Nov 05, 2013

Over here at Cari Cole Voice and Music we know that the base of a music career lies in systems. You need a system for training the voice. A system for practicing your instrument. A calendar system to manage your time. A system to consistently reach out to your fans. A system to keep up with your industry connections. A ... Continue

Trying To Do Everything and Doing Nothing Well? 6 Ways to Stop Splattering!

Oct 29, 2013

In my 1-on-1 coaching sessions I often hear artist’s saying, “I’m so overwhelmed trying to do everything that I end up not doing anything well.” I hear you! The unending list of tasks on the to do list and massive amount of information we consume on a daily basis about how to get better, do more, and learn new skills ... Continue

Musician MD ~ A Disorder That Can Take Over Your Life

Oct 22, 2013

Ever notice how your music is a love-hate thing? One moment you’re on top of the world after writing your best song ever, and one week later you’re in the dumps wondering how you’re ever going to make a dent. Yep - know it well. It’s part of what I call the Musician’s MD Disorder (Manic-Depressive). It’s a specific up ... Continue

Are You a Smart Musician?

Oct 16, 2013

In the past, the music industry wanted artists they could take advantage of. Why? Money. Managers and labels were constantly gouging artists and convincing them to sign deals with fine print that took away rights to their music. Even in the 1930s labels were taking advantage of folk and blues musicians like Robert Johnson, leaving them penniless at the end ... Continue

The Five Marketing Traps Every Musician Falls For

Oct 08, 2013

1. Hiring A Publicist Too Soon

A publicist can’t do a thing for you if you don’t already have momentum with your music - period. I know, I too, fell victim to the tune of 5000 whopping dollars. And what did I get? A big fat - zero. And it’s not unfamiliar - probably with a lot of ... Continue

The Artistic Process of Making An Exceptional Record

Oct 01, 2013

This week I’m bringing you a very special blog in the form of a video interview with Jay Stolar, one of my former students who has a new record out that is phenomenal! I am so proud of Jay and all that he’s been through as a musician to get to this point. We get into his story, his process, the ... Continue