A Special Announcement

December 23rd, 2012

Hey everyone out there in FMO-land!

It was about 3 years ago when Joel Rendall and myself, Vivian Clement, first launched the Female Musician Online blog and podcast. Since then, we’ve been blown away by all the positive feedback we’ve received from our visitors from all over the world. We have learned a lot about the music industry from our podcast interviews and hopefully you have enjoyed them as well.

Due to our desire to pursue other exciting projects, we feel we can no longer give Female Musician Online the time and attention it deserves. The site will remain active so our visitors can still enjoy the content we’ve worked hard to provide, even if we no longer intend to post regular updates.

You can follow the music projects of Vivian Clement (FMO’s content writer, interviewer etc) at her artist website, VivianClement.com or connect with her on Facebook)

You can find Joel Rendall (FMO’s techincal support, podcast producer and web designer) at JoelRendall.com.

Keep practicing and learning, and never give up on your musical dreams!

 – Vivian Clement and Joel Rendall

 

Why You Should Become a Virtual Musician

December 11th, 2012

 

Today’s Quote: 

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow”. -Bill Gates

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Let’s face it. The Internet has changed the music world and it’s never going back to what it was…and that’s a good thing.

Recipe for Success or Distress?

 Yes there are a lot of things that were great in the good ol’ days, like lots of record companies, lots of money to go around, and many more artists getting signed. But there were also lots of artists getting ripped off.

 What many musicians today don’t realize is that artists who got signed really were signing their life away. Many of them signed on the dotted line only to find out that they had given away a lot of their rights. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips to Building Your Fanbase

November 6th, 2012

 

 

Today’s Quote

“With all my fans I got my family again”. – Tupac Shakur

 

We all need fans 

Fans are to your career as money is to your bills…you gotta have em if you wanna keep moving on. The bigger your fan base the more momentum you can create as a female musician.

Here are my top 5 fan building tips: Read the rest of this entry »

How To Avoid Music Burnout

October 9th, 2012

 

How To Avoid Music Burnout

Today’s Quote: “It’s better to burn out that it is to rust” – Neil Young.

 

In today’s stress-is-best mentality, musicians can easily find themselves burnt out. 

It doesn’t take much. (And female musicians, who tend to pour themselves out more emotionally into their music, are the most at risk).

There are many things that can bring on burnout for musicians: Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Career?…for Female Musicians

September 11th, 2012

 

Today’s Quote:

 

“No one is not greater than his master” – Jesus

Keep a lid on it.

 

A few years ago I read a great book by John Maxwell called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  I love to read and have tons of books in my library – which consists of a bookshelf from Walmart. Some books I keep and others I donate to the local library – these days I mostly buy digital books for my Kindle.

There were a lot of great pointers about leadership, which I have used in bands and other endeavors where I found myself in some form of leadership position.

One of the greatest revelations I got from this book was from Chapter One: The Law of the Lid.  This chapter alone was worth the purchase of the book. It answered a lot of questions I had had for years about people’s inability to move forward in their careers or life.

If this is the one area that determines how high you will rise, then understand that music is only a small part of your success.

The premise of the law of the lid is that your leadership skills determine your success in your career.  The lower your ability to lead, the lower your chances of success.

I can hear you right now saying, “what about big name stars”, their talent is what has caused them to succeed.  If that was the only thing causing them to succeed, there would be millions of stars – but we know there aren’t.

Many stars are discovered first of all because they are the cream of the crop. They probably have developed leadership skills on some level and are disciplined in other areas as well. Musicians that have poor leadership skills will always be at the mercy of those who know how to lead.

Cream Floats to the top

Maxwell states that if your leadership skills are an 8, than you can never rise higher than a 7 or if your skills are at a 4 you will be at a 3.

So how does this translate for you as a female musician and your music career? 

This is how:  don’t turn down opportunities to develop your leadership skills.  If this is the one area that determines how high you will rise, then understand that music is only a small part of your success.

Your talent may get you in the door, but it’s the intangible qualities that cause you to rise above others.

By Vivian Clement

“I am woman, I can do anything” – Helen Reddy

Should I Still Pursue Music?

August 7th, 2012

 

Today’s Quote:

“It’s choice not chance that determines your destiny”. – Jean Nidetch

I’m one of those people who are continually asking myself if I have made the right decisions in following music as a career.

After all, there are so many of us so-called professional musicians out there competing for the same gigs.  We study and practice and rehearse and prepare only to find that there aren’t as many opportunities as we originally imagined. Read the rest of this entry »

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