I Am Not An Expert.

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” – Denis WaitleyBut-Im-not-an-expert-lo

This post was originally supposed to go up months ago, but I let someone convince me not to put it up.  I think it’s time to start a conversation.  Thank you in advance for reading this.

One of the things I strive for on MBWK is a certain (high) level of transparency.  So I believe this needs to be said in plain English – I am NOT an Expert.  Take that how you will, but please understand I am not claiming to be something I am not.  Taking that one step further, MusicBizWizKids will not claim to be something it’s not.

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We will be a destination and a resource for young people who are starting on their path to success and assist in their educating them about the new music industry.

 

 

Yes, this will change and adapt as time goes on, but this site is most likely not for people that have been in the industry for many years.  I do not write for an audience but my own – if others find the information interesting and would like to continue to peruse the site, that is great.  The point I’m trying to get at is one that can be turned into a lesson for MBWK readers – Be honest with yourself at all times and be true to yourself.  Be Yourself.

This is something that unfortunately far too many people forget.  They turn outward- looking at others and asking why others can’t be more like their expectations of them.  These same people don’t realize that not only are their expectations of others getting in the way of moving forwards themselves, but that they have already made one fatal flaw.  By turning outward, instead of inward they ignore the only thing person that really matters!  Themselves.  A lot of the challenges we face in the music industry now are a result of people simply not being themselves.  Or atleast taking a good look at who they are, what they do best, and why they exist on this tiny rock in space we call home.

This leads to another thought that I believe many miss about knowledge.  Some of the most basic concepts (common sense) are the most valuable– to everyone, but especially to those who are just starting out.  Yes, many may want to hear the specifics that will impact exactly what they’re working on now, but in the big picture – the common sense things that people have been hearing for years can oftentimes be the most valuable.  These seemingly generic pieces of wisdom can take on new meaning when put in a different perspective or heard at a different time in your life or finally understood and used to take action and progress.

MusicBizWizKids is about educating people about the music industry, but it is now, was from the beginning, and will always be about more than that.

It is about making an impact and taking a different look at how people have been educated in the past and how they will be educated in the future.  It is about questioning everything.  It is about experimentation, killing the sacred cow that is the status quo.

It is about not asking “What do you want to do or be when you grow up?” but about “Where are you NOW?”  Start here and now- in this moment.  Take action, gain skills and knowledge, and figure it out as you go along.

My name is Glenn MacRae and I am NOT an Expert.

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12 Ways Bands & Brands Are Standing Out On @vanswarpedtour [via Hypebot and Kosha Dillz]

Just wanted to share this insightful post from indie rapper Kosha Dillz (@koshadillz) and the friendly folks at @Hypebot.

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It’s Warped Tour season again, which means your favorite band you never heard of will be hustling amongst over 100 other bands in parking lots all across the country. Since I was on the beloved tour last year on a side stage and sitting in with various kick ass bands like BallyHoo! and Captain Capa, I have learned that this place is the best world to figure out your own DIY tactics.

Here are a list of 12 things bands/brands are doing to stand out!

1. Sell it for $1 dollar. – Why not sell something for $1? Everyone wants something to take home. If you sell it for $1, you work an exchange of income and they also remember you selling something for $1.

2. Have a little boom box stuffed animal named Pickles – MC LARS is crushing the game with his future kids show, and if you ever get to see someone with a stuffed animal rapping, or even skunking on stage (the ska version of dancing). If you don’t have a stuffed animal make another make shift device that grabs people’s attention. I would probably have a stuffed animal pickle named Kosha Dillz Jr. or something. But mind you, the youth really attract to soft and cuddly. I think we all do. Continue reading