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February 2018

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February 26, 2018

My #1 piece of advice for creatives

Growing up in hardcore is a double-edged sword: you learn how to stand up for yourself, speak up, and tell the people standing in your way to fuck off. This is great when it fuels you to believe in yourself and take chances that others are too timid to take, but it's not so great when it makes you think that your opinion is way more important than it actually is. The place where this most often rears its head for creatives is in getting feedback on your work during the creative process-- when your boss, the client, your team members, etc says something you think is dumb and you lose your cool, open your big mouth, and say something you shouldn't. It's kinda like in that movie "Alien" where the little alien worm thing bursts out of their chests, only instead of an alien worm, it's a middle finger.…
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February 20, 2018

How to introduce yourself to people you want to work with

So after months of hard work, you finally have your chance - you're about to introduce yourself to that person you've always dreamed of working with. "Great to meet you," s/he says, "So what do you do?" That moment is CRUCIAL!!¬†The reality is that you have ONE CHANCE to make a first impression, and careers are made (or destroyed) in those moments. The right answer could open the door to all kinds of opportunities - all it takes is the right words, to the right person at the right time to get that big break that changes everything! Which is why it's SUPER important that you know exactly how to describe yourself and your work in a single sentence - because when we're talking about VIPs, you oftentimes only have a couple seconds of their attention. It sounds pretty simple, but for most of us it isn't! It's surprisingly hard…
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February 14, 2018

How to advertise a tour on Facebook

Getting people to show up to stuff is HARD!! And nothing is more of a bummer than putting in a ton of effort into planning an event, working yourself halfway to death getting everything set up, only to have 14 people turn out (12 of which are your friends and their roommates who were all on the guest list). I've been there, and I'd love to help you avoid that pain if I can :) Now, I'm not a promoter and don't want to be one, but I have run some ads promoting tours for¬†Periphery, A Day To Remember, Intervals, and Self Help Fest among others, and wanted to share what's worked for me with them. To keep this from being a million words long I'm leaving out some details, but this is the basic approach. And although I titled this article "How to advertise a tour," this applies to…
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