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Friday, June 20, 2008 

You Get Out What You Put In

by Madalyn Sklar

This is reposted from my 9-13-07 blog post. Yes, it's so good I wanted to share it again...

Have you ever wondered why sometimes things just don't work out. You are not selling enough CDs or getting people out to your show. Sometimes you should think about what you are putting out there... what are you doing for others. We all know, people like to help people they like. Are you getting yourself out there? Are you making the most of your connections.

I've met many indie musicians who exhibit a "gimme" attitude. They think they deserve so much when they are not doing anything for others.
Why not set up a benefit show? Or offer a % of CD sales to your favorite charity?

You Get Out What You Put In.

I feel strongly that when you are a giver, great things will come back to you. It may not be right away. It could take months, even years. But it's a nice feeling when others return what you put out.

Here's an example:

Veronica is a hard working indie artist in Houston. She supports many local bands. Even though she has a family at home - husband and kids, she makes it a point to get out and support the local music scene. She gives up a lot but in return she gets so much! Every year she produces an amazing benefit show. You should see the support she gets! It's because she devotes a great deal of time with no expectations. She is a giver and in the process gets so much in return.

Another example:

I'm in Atlanta right now. Last night something amazing happened. A benefit show for ME! Because of my giving, someone wanted to give back. Her name is Ronnda. She is an indie artist and a huge giver. When she found out that I was going into the hospital back in January and would be racking up large medical bills, she wanted to do something about it. She has been planning this benefit all year. She secured a great headliner and asked other supporters of mine to participate. It was truly a memorable night. It wasn't about the money for me. Yes, it helps. But it was about the true nature of giving. It's a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that people care and want to support you.

Are you a giver or a taker?

I'm a giver. I give so much of my time to help indie musicians. It's become a way of life for me. I wouldn't have it any other way. In the early years when I had more time, I offered to help bands with their web sites. Some would ask what I wanted in return. I was boggled by this. I would say that I simply wanted to help. There are so many people who don't know what to do with that. I say accept help from all sources and then give back.

Pay It Forward.

Do something nice for someone with no strings attached. You've heard the stories. Someone stops at the toll booth and decides to not only pay for themselves, but they pay for several cars after them. Paying it forward.

You Get Out What You Put In.

Give me your two cents on this. I would love your comments!

Copyright © 2007 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach, consultant and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world - U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan thus far. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out http://www.indiemusiccoach.com for more info.

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I am a Mom of 4 children, so at night I work furiously to do marketing. You are so right on. you do reap what you sew. So I don't get backlogged with the social networks, I post a blog on each of them, answer my mail every day, keep in contact with everyone as much as I can. Its been the best thing for my music because I do keep in contact. I not only enjoy that, I like people anyway. So its never been a problem for me to connect on that level.

I also think that if you keep yourself balanced, your musical work will pan out better than you realized it could. Setting goals really work too... so try that as well.


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