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For 2013 I'm planning to exponentially grow as an artist in a way that I've yet to achieve. I plan to grow, artistically, financially, in popularity, in marketability and as a person overall. I plan on interacting with the right people in order to grow in each one of these facets. Artistically I'll be taking lessons, doing workshops and addressing other areas that I need to strengthen in order to succeed. Financially, I am partnering up with my manager who is now also an investor and business partner, in order to collaborate, combine our strengths and take our careers to the next level. As far as popularity and marketability, I plan creating more material then ever before, booking strategic performances and tapping into resources that until this year financially were unavailable e.g. creating a website, SEO, SEM, financing shows, purchasing marketing material and tools etc. I believe 2014 is my year because I've been strategically, relentlessly and intelligently working on a creative breakthrough for a decade plus. 2013 was my most accomplished year as an artist as far as monetarily, creatively, and artistically. I plan on progressing with an ever more intensified pace until I achieve my ultimate goal as far as a creative, artistic and financial breakthrough. Good luck to everyone who is tirelessly pursuing your dream, never give up and never give in.

Evan McCulloch

Hello! My goals for 2014 are to grow my fan base and my business team for my band Thousand Faces. As a result, I want to start earning income based on my original music, cd sales, merchandise, touring, etc. Another goal I have is to learn the skills that it takes to build that audience and communicate with them effectively on deeper level. I don't want to just collect their money, I want to inspire them! I have been a musician my entire life and their is absolutely no doubt that I can succeed at this next phase of my career. I know I can crush it 2014 because I've made it this far! I moved to NY with no money and have made it as a musician for the last 13 years! I have learned the craft of singing, playing guitar, producing, mixing, performing, and I have an album of 11 original songs to show for it. I organized all the musicians, got the art work together, recorded, produced, performed, and mixed the whole thing mostly on my own. I've had the help of some tremendous friends and musicians to play other instruments on the record. So, if I can do all of that, then I should be able to apply this work ethic to making a business out of it!! The things that I will do different this year will be my focus on learning these new skills to promote and market my music to attain financial success! Networking is also a key area that I intend on focusing on to broaden my horizons. I feel through the process of networking it will inspire me to learn things I never thought of and to meet some great people along the way that can launch the music into an area of making money. For next year I would like be more knowledgeable about the process of doing business as an artist and to see real dividends! I expect to have a 2nd album recorded and to have made some connections with the people that are inspiring and involved in the music industry on higher level than I currently am. I know with the right mindset and skill set, as mentioned in the article, I can be as successful as I dream of!!

Pat Arp

Hi, Jamie. Thank you very much for this opportunity, and, moreover, for your generous contribution to our community.

In 2013--after falling apart and into a deep, dark depression--I accepted physical disability, and that I couldn't continue to work with the Special Kids that had become the light of my life. As I wait for a decision regarding my SSDI case, I continue to struggle with my circumstances (being dependent upon my family).

The good news is, I think I have a real gift, and, after making it secondary to other "more practical" pursuits ("that's fine, son, but you know you gotta get a REAL JOB"), I'm left with nothing to do BUT develop my talents and share the Love.

My goals for 2014 are to make a good record (or two--I've got the material and a modest home studio, and I've started navigating the Pro Tools learning curve--again), and put a band together. Meanwhile, I intend to record a simple "Pat Unplugged" demo, and hustle up some paying restaurant gigs along the gulf coast (Rockport, Port Aransas, Padre Island).

I refer to myself as a songcatcher, rather than songwriter, because all I can do is wait for the next one to come. On the one hand, I think of this as a blessing; diverse influences show up in my songs when they come, when I have something to say, and some feeling to convey. I never know what's gonna pop out, and the songs are all special so I don't get tired of playing them. I wonder sometimes if I ought to think of this as a problem and see about developing some ability to actually WRITE songs. I dunno...

Thank you very very much!

(I just killed a ReverbNation page because I'd created it thinking I would be recording new stuff, and ran into PC issues... I'll put up a video on YouTube so you can check that out if you want. And I'll put some songs up on SoundCloud ASAP. : )


I apologize in advance for my demeanor because I'm not normally like this, but a few recent comments by some industry players have made 20 years of suppressed frustration boil over...

My goals for this year are (1) To stop listening to the typical BS that the industry "gatekeepers" have been telling people for years, messages designed to get rid of the annoying herd, and (2) To start scoring for film/tv/commercials and working with established artists as a musician/writer/producer. 1994-2013 had the same theme, the theme being "Go away so that we can make room for others."

I was a scholarship student at Juilliard for six years and also studied at UCLA in the film scoring program. Not wanting to approach the industry like a drugged out hipster scumbag, I have always taken an honest approach. I was respectful and considerate of the gatekeepers since they are inundated with material on a daily basis. The few times I did approach them, they either ignored me or refused to listen to my music. My background was somehow irrelevant. At the same time, I see all these new faces while I'm sitting on the sidelines for 20 years. I'm tired of it. In the end, it's simply a war.

I do feel very happy when I hear that talented people have had their music placed or have been recognized to some extent because they deserve it. However, I have nothing but venom for people that discovered Garage Band on their laptop, come up with some garbage, and then do whatever it takes in LA to get some money out of it. Music should be more about the music and less about how much cocaine you have to offer to your industry contact. And for those of you who think that the coke thing is an exaggeration, you have another thought coming. Actions like that redefine the word "success."

In the end, I decided that I'm not going to have my life dictated to me by a bunch of people who have never even met me or listened to my music.

Logan Gritton

My Name is Logan
aka LoWGritt

My goal for 2014 is to continue becoming a more well-rounded player in the music industry. In 2013 I suffered from SAS. Throughout the course of this year I have slowly battled out my thinking, expanded on how to run my business and take control of my creative career. I intend to partner with artists and businesses that share common goals, continue to create new and exciting content that people can connect with emotionally. I aim to increase my viability on social media marketing and maintaining my fan relationships. This year I will become financially independent through available income streams such as licensing/publishing, performance, and production work. I intend to utilize my current resources to help other artists achieve what they'd like to do. This year I will lay the foundation for my newly established recording company so that in one to two years it shall be a thriving business dedicated to content creation and artist services. The most important thing to me is to continue having fun doing what I love to do, being grateful for what I already have, and being present in the moment to properly conduct my business and creations. I will work everyday forward so that one day I will have succeeded in creating a legacy for others to follow.

Sam James

Haven't most artists always starved?

Maybe it's the wrong belief that everybody can make it. That isn't the case. It takes talent, work, contacts and luck.

To my knowledge it has always taken these four things. And talent and luck cannot be acquired.

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