I lightly touched upon the benefits of networking with local musicians at Open Mic nights in this previous post. Additionally, its important to like/follow their Facebook pages with your own page. From there you can access your pages feed, and get a nice view of what other artists you like are doing. Besides supporting them, there is a lot of lessons to be learned from this feed.
1. Divorce Yourself From Fantasy
Pop culture is littered with endless fables of fortune shining down upon an unsuspecting average Joe, lore of unworldly luck to keep the populace of hopefuls striving to attain a breed of archetypal cunning our icons must have innately possessed. In conjunction with feeling perpetually crestfallen by not being born on the “right side of the fence”, it’s implied that we must remain forever vigilant whilst metaphysically manipulating the universe the into presenting us with these one-in-a-trillion storylines that will eventually ferment into an oscar winning film with a Hanz Zimmer scored soundtrack. In the meantime, while we attempt to channel the governing forces of time and space with binaural beats and meditation tips we adopt from YouTube, a trail of hope is lit, albeit dimly, by the gargantuan landscape of social media. LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter…I need not recite the list. They’ve long since become integral parts of a societal structure, in both personal and professional contexts. In conjunction with online networking, there’s a plethora of annual conventions, conferences and the like that serve as viable forums for interaction. You’re more than welcome to explore every facet at your disposal. Leave no stone unturned, no prospect overlooked and no event unattended. There’s certainly no harm that can come of it and you may very well forge some favorable relationships in the interim. But you’ll be fooling yourself by thinking that would be anywhere near enough. With that in mind, remain repeat the following to yourself as many times as needed: