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January 21, 2012

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January 4, 2012

Telling Your Story

If you are like most artists, or if you have ever applied for a job...writing about "YOU" can be a daunting task. Whether it's for a mailing piece to be included in a press kit, the famous "bio" page on your website, or your cover letter on your resume, Your Story, can be a tough one to present....and ultimately sell.

Today we have so many things battling for our attention. We see information in small tidbits and process that information in quick increments of time. This can make your bio page tough to create as you invite someone in to your life, and your story....keeping them engaged with YOU.

SoloPiano.com recommends a few simple things to consider when composing your bio, (musician or not). These bullet points translate into anyone lookins to pitch themselves.

1) Be true to who you are. Don't tell someone else's story, Tell your story! Yes, always consider your target market on who your story is being told to...but avoid talking about your leather chaps, when you drive a Honda. (unless you do in fact like to wear leather chaps driving your Honda...there's nothing wrong with that!) People know when they are reading something not "genuine". Be You! 

2) Get to the point. That's great that you won the spelling bee contest in first grade and all (I was actually beat in the final round as I spelled "right" when I was supposed to spell "write"...but thats' another story)...What does your audience need to know about you? Like a job interview, you only have a "small window" of time. Get to the point and be sure you let people know what YOU want them to know.

3) Quotes and reviews. Just like job references, "quotes from notable people in your industry" are powerful! What do movie trailers use on a "highly paid" TV spot?...Hard to find one that doesn't have a quote flashing on the screen. They mix Quotes with the Story...in a matter of seconds. They know they have only seconds to "sell" you into that movie theater. Think about if your story was a "trailer"...what does it look and sound like?

For more information on writing a bio, check out this article from Discmakers.com blog. It's focus is writing a bio on a press kit, but has some good info. Good Luck!

http://blog.discmakers.com/2011/12/press-kit-fundamentals-bio/?utm_source=DMAudio&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=EA1201 

Matthew Mayer, SoloPiano.com Editor 

Blog Archives: January 2012

January 2, 2012

Action

It's a simple word, but sometimes the hardest thing to do in a creative work. Act.  Put your creativity into action. One step, one action at a time....and enjoy what comes of it!

Blog Archives: January 2012

January 1, 2012

2012 is Here!

The new year is here..it's 2012!

Some people may look at today to be just another day...another "day in the life" of your life. However, what a great time to take a moment for you, and think about the direction you are going. For many, having goals are a great compass to steer you in the direction you want to go. SoloPiano.com recommends 3 simple things for you to think about in 2012:

1) Set some goals: Have you written down your goals?... and put them to paper? Sounds like a simple thing to do, but writing down your goals substantially increases the likelihood of achieving them. If you have something in your mind, get that paper out now, and write them down!!

2) Let your creativity breath: Have you wanted to complete a creative project? Start a book...produce an album....start that diary, or put that song to paper? Now's your time to start. Let your creativity breath a little bit, and put your ideas in motion. One note, one word, one action, starts the entire journey!

3) Be kind to YOU! Again, sounds simple, but the person who is in control of your destiny is YOU. Thus, be kind to yourself, treat yourself, and enjoy life. It's a great one!

SoloPiano.com, wishes for your goals and success to come true in 2012! 

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

SoloPiano.com wishes you and your loved ones the best as we start a new year in 2012.

2011 was another great year, another successful year, for solo piano music. The solo artists, and the new solo piano albums released were among some of the best we have received in the past decade. Be sure to check out the solo piano album of the year nominations for SoloPiano.com's Best of 2011!

Live your dreams in 2012... be bold.... and let your creativity shine!!!