How Do You 'Unleash' Your Musical Talent?
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Let's talk about one of my favorite topics: artist
Several weeks ago I presented one of my first "Unleash
the Artist Within" workshops. While promoting the event, I discovered
that different people have different interpretations of what it
means to "unleash" themselves as an artist.
Many people assumed at first that the workshop was
about developing your creativity, along the lines of Julia Cameron's
book, "The Artist's Way." Some of what I talk about does relate
to giving yourself permission to create and feeling worthy to do
so, but my definition of "unleash" is more far-reaching than that.
What do I mean by "Unleash the Artist Within"? Well,
I believe that to be a successful musician, you must be willing
- Unleash your creative leanings, artistic inclinations
and natural talents. Yes, exercising your creativity has many benefits.
For one, it's personally rewarding. Denying yourself the opportunity
to write, perform and record music can lead to stagnation and frustration.
By feeding and answering the call of your creative urges, you improve
the quality of your own life while enriching the world with your
- Unleash your potential to create something of beauty
or significance. When you take action on your musical interests,
you bring your ideas to life. Too many people only dream about their
creative desires and never see their talents materialize. When you
"unleash the artist within," you transform your music into a tangible
form that can be enjoyed, experienced and shared. And that's a powerful
- Unleash your belief in yourself. While you're busy
unleashing, be sure to set free your confidence, desire, optimism
and enthusiasm. Many creative people are plagued by fear and doubt.
It's no wonder, with all the misguided "struggling artist" advice
heaped on creative people. Don't buy into it. Your fears are self-imposed.
So brush the self-doubt aside and choose to let your belief in yourself
- Unleash your creative gifts and your artistic contribution
to the world. Playing music and being recognized for your talents
feels good. It's this personal reward that draws most people to
music in the first place. However, I believe the most successful
musicians quickly evolve and begin putting more emphasis on the
benefits they deliver to fans. Making an artistic contribution and
sharing your unique brand of music should be the ultimate thing
that drives you. And, interestingly, putting a priority on your
fans leads to more personal satisfaction for you.
- Unleash your worthiness to receive and be rewarded
for your creative contributions. I also believe that empowered musicians
go through three stages:
1) Playing music for themselves.
2) Playing music for the benefit of others. And ...
3) Playing music for profit.
But many people get hung up on #3. To truly "unleash
the artist within" you must know that making money with your talents
is not only acceptable, it's part of the abundant nature of the
universe. You have something of value to offer, and you deserve
to be rewarded for your contribution to the world.
To hammer home these thoughts on why it's important
to "unleash," let me share a great quote from Patanjali, who is
credited with founding the philosophy of yoga more than 2,000 years
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some
extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your
mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every
direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover
yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself
Think about that as you contemplate your rightful
place in music.
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