Your 2014 Performing Resolutions

Want to make 2014 a better Year? Get a handle on one or more of the following top ten performers’ challenges in 2014!

1. Performance anxiety. Is performance anxiety an issue for you? Really learn and own at least one anxiety management technique that works for you.

2. Rehearsal and practice. Do you have trouble maintaining discipline around rehearsing and practicing? Make this the year you commit to a regular, daily, even sacred rehearsal routine.

3. Collaborations. Do you have lots of “relationship issues” with your fellow musicians, with studio producers, with club owners? Make 2014 the year you work on your relationship skills! Maybe you need to compromise more or maybe you need to assert yourself more—time to figure that out!

4. Gigs. Want and need to work more? If no one is getting you gigs, you’ve got to get them yourself! Make 2014 the year you reach out more, call in favors, do more research, and get more gigs!

5. Recordings. Keep saying that you’re going to make a recording of your music? And keep putting that off? Make 2014 the year that you get that done, whether it’s a single song, a demo of three or four songs, or a full album! Work out the details, get organized, manage your anxiety, and get it done!

6. Create. Harbor the desire to write your own songs? Want to put together a solo performance piece? Want to create as well as perform? Designate 2014 as the year to start doing that!

7. Reviews. Do criticism, rejection, negative reviews, and even mildly unpleasant feedback knock you for a loop? Grow a thicker skin in 2014!

8. Network. Need to know more people if you’re to have successes? Get to know them! Reach out via email, list serves, and in person! Make “networking” a 2014 mantra.

9. Repertoire. Been saying for the longest time that you need to increase your repertoire? Choose 2014 as the year to grow, grow, grow that repertoire!

10. Personal style. Notes alone don’t make music. Do you want to acquire and master a personal style? Pin that up as a 2014 high priority intention!

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Choose one or more of the above ten and 2014 will be a better year for you!
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  • Alex De Hoyos Jr

    This is a great list of suggestions. I had already decided for a goal of doubling my solo performances from last year’s 50 to 100. Last year was my first year singing solo – I was a drummer before that (still play drums in a band, too). I also want to work on #6 and #9 – always! I started my show with about 50 songs to pick from and I’m over 100 now. Just need to keep adding.