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5 Artistic Personalities That Can Curse a Collaboration

Collaboration is an awesome tool when executed effectively. The benefits to the parties involved can make a huge impact on their individual careers but occasionally, they can go wrong. Sometimes things just happen that can throw off planning, other times people just happen.

When “people” happen, it is not due to anomalies but rather reoccurring habitual actions that lead to expectations not being met. Some of these characteristics can leave a bad taste in the mouths of collaborating artists, producers and promoters, potentially causing social backlash.

If you recognize these traits in anyone you have worked with, are working with or desire to work with you can make adjustments accordingly to spare yourself some headache. If you recognize any of these traits in yourself, reflect on it and take the opportunity to become a person people love to collaborate with.

1) The Unintentional Absentee
It seems as if this person has an excuse for everything and nothing is ever their fault. Somehow circumstances always tend to get in the way of their good intentions and the only thing you can count on them for is their inconsistency, be it accidental or willingly. They haven’t written their verse yet because they worked 33 hours a day for 9 days at their job last week. They missed the studio session because they had to take their aging grandmother to the casino for her birthday and they were the only one that could do it. They haven’t come up with their portion of the money yet because they gave their check to a lady in need in the grocery store parking lot. They missed sound check because the cable guy didn’t show up when he said he would, etc.
 No matter how legit or far fetched the excuse is, the fact is the job didn’t get done. Curve-balls do get thrown in life, that’s undeniable, but reliability is important if you wish for your business relationships to flourish.

Know This Artist? Cover yourself with conversations and contracts or simply work around them.

Are You This Artist? Evaluate what’s happening. Is there a reason why everything else takes precedence over the task at hand? Bad timing? Fear or anxiety? Is your heart really in it? Reflect on it and be upfront about it when you are discussing collaborations.

2) The Self Admirer
This person is rarely on time for anything and when they do come through, they act as if you should be honored they chose to do what they said they would do. Though this person is extremely talented, often it feels like the headache included doesn’t make the end result worth it. People may deal with this temporarily, but patience is likely to wear thin, negatively impacting career longevity.

Know This Artist? Decide exactly what it is that you are trying to achieve. In the long run, you may be better off working with someone who understands the value of what you’re trying to do as opposed to someone who is only concerned about their personal agenda. If you feel you must work with this person, cover yourself with conversations and contracts to be sure you can keep things moving.

Are You This Artist? Know your worth, but remember your humble beginnings. Be sure to remain professional so that you don't alienate the people who can help you maintain the level of success that you presently have or desire to achieve.

3) The Perpetual Procrastinator
This person acts as if everything is a big surprise. As if you hadn’t asked them to be ready months or weeks prior. They didn’t write or practice before the studio session. They didn’t bring their CD or flash drive to the show, wasting precious time and/or money.

Know This Artist? Check with them ahead of time to see how they’re coming along. Arrange a meeting and/or rehearsal to check their progress at which time you can also collect any CDs or flash drives you may need from them.

Are You This Artist? Do everything you can to stop. Procrastination is a real issue for many people, but if you wish to continue to be contacted for opportunities, you must put forth your best effort. Be mindful that bad experiences travel rapidly, so if you have unsatisfied clients your reputation could be quickly damaged. Give attention to detail to everything you’ve been asked to do as if your career depends on it because in reality, it does.

4) The Project Snatcher
Even though It is not their project or show, this person knows exactly how everything should go down. While input can be helpful, this person takes it upon themselves to insert their views into every aspect of the collaboration whether it fits the originator’s artistic vision or not.

Know This Artist? Be upfront that you do not wish to stray from your original plan. You know exactly how you want things to go and although you appreciate their experience, they can just come along for the ride, focus on their art and not worry themselves with planning.

Are You This Artist? Understand that the person you are working with has a specific goal. This is something they have dedicated time to and have asked you to be a part of, not plan. If you have suggestions, ask if you may offer them. They may be receptive to listen, or they may wish to stick with the original’s their choice.

5) The Dream Dealer
This person has tons of brilliant ideas that never seem to come to fruition. They know all the right things to say to get you high on the possibility of what may be before they fade away into one of the aforementioned personalities or simply off the map.

Know This Artist? Talk is not cheap when you start putting money behind someone’s ideas and they’re not serious about making it happen.  Cover yourself with a contract before you move into anything serious with this person so that you’re not left trying to pick up the pieces alone.

Are You This Artist? Be open and upfront. Let the person know if you’ve got a lot going on and you’re just throwing ideas out. There’s no benefit to you to get someone’s hopes up to let them down. Perhaps work out a deal for them to collaborate with someone who can help carry out your ideas and just get a percentage of the action.

Whether you’re working with any of these personalities or happen to be one of them, honest communication from start to finish will make it a much more pleasant experience for all parties involved. Are there any personalities you’ve come across that have caused challenges in the collaboration process?

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How Unemployment Forced Me To Become Creative

You constantly repeat the same routine. You wake up. You spend time searching for new jobs and you apply to those jobs. You have a strategy in place. You call the employers after three days pass.

The day arrives and you are nervous. You pick up the telephone with sweaty palms and a perplexed mentality. You try not to "Lose Yourself" and project a sense of confidence as you talk to the operator.

The employer gives you the same pitch that you are accustomed to, stating that "they will contact you if your resume matches the job description."

Depression begins to set in.

Being Unemployed is Depressing

There is nothing like being a starving artist that does not have a job. On December 23rd, 2013, my family and I decided to move to Florida to be closer to family. I knew that this move would test my faith, my patience and most notably my ability to persevere.

I knew right away that it would be difficult for me to get a job right quickly regardless of my education. My wife, who is a nurse, struggled for 2 months before she found a job. The stress of everyday life and the added stress of bills, buying a house and raising a toddler made me feel like a failure.

I felt like I was doing everything that I needed to do to obtain a job. I researched companies, I devised personal cover letters and I committed time to contact the employers, but still no luck.

I began to feel like a complete failure. I could not look my son in the eye without thinking of my miserable situation. I distanced myself from friends and family because of this unsightly sense of pride that I had. I started to lose hope and reading the word became an afterthought.

How I Found My Creative Energy

One day I sat in silence for a few moments and asked God, "Why me?" I wanted to know why he was picking on me. Why my prayers were falling on deaf ears.

A last ditch effort was made to generate some funds, I decided to file for Unemployment. Naturally I was declined unemployment wages due to a bogus FMLA finding (go figure). I had enough I decided to stop searching for work.

Days went by, my beard began to resemble Anthony Hamilton's haha. I lost the drive to do anything productive. Naturally I stumbled onto music again.

Music has always been the equalizer in my life. When my mom died, I turned to music. When I got married, I turned to music. When I had my son, I turned to music. The past few years I tried to establish myself as a taste-maker and decided to suppress my songwriting prowess.

Do this sound like something you can relate to?

I started everyday with this affirmation: I am a creative beast. I began to use other creative affirmations and relied on God to get me through.

I focused on the Power of I AM and started focusing on what I attached to it.

I Am a Creative Beast

I started using this affirmation more and more. I found that my creativity was flourishing because I stated to the universe what I was and not what I was not. I started being thankful for the things that I had as opposed to what I didn't have.

Finally I started living and doing what I was affirming.

▲ I write music consistently because I Am a Songwriter.
▲ I pitch music because I Am a Publicist.
▲ I come up with marketing ideas because I Am a Marketing Genius.
▲ I spend time with God because I Am One with God.

You Are What You Repeatedly Do

Unemployment can hamper your vision. It can have a big impact on your health, soul and relationships. It can even affect your creative output.

The good thing is you do not have to accept and internalize the rejection that you receive from employers. Remember that you are what you repeatedly do.

Continue to showcase your creative power and show people what you can do.

6 months later. I am in a better place. I am doing what I love (still searching for a job but I am thankful that I do PR work). I am stressing less and living more. I am truly blessed.

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Have you ever been Unemployed? How did you keep your sanity and stay creative? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

3 Methods to Perfect Your Musical Craft like a Scientist

On the homepage of my website, I lay out (in very broad terms) what I've observed is the 4-step system to success in the music business: Have a great product (song/album/live show), build an audience around it, monetize their interest, and multiply your results. I warn my readers, though, that I don't talk much about the "great product" aspect of things- although I play drums/piano and produce music myself, there are amazing musicians and teachers much more qualified to instruct you on that area than I. However, when Praverb asked me to write on that very topic, I realized that I could bring a unique angle to the discussion, in keeping with my backgrounds in entrepreneurship and startups.

Great music is the foundation for the three steps that follow it. If you've honed your craft and created truly remarkable music, your audience and monetization stands on a solid concrete structure. You'll be able to build exponentially and an almost-karmic multiplication will take place. If you half-heartedly scramble to assemble an album just because you think you should, or put out your first attempt at making a track and think that you now deserve to be famous, well... with a lot of hustling you could build a small audience and make a few bucks, but it's a weak foundation. There's no way to grow off of it, and you'll always have to force, coerce, and spam people into listening or paying, and even then they probably won't care at the end of the day.

A good entrepreneur knows that the same thing goes for the product or service they're creating. Facebook is still the world's #1 social network because they created a truly amazing product, not because they hit people over the head with promotional tactics to force them into joining. On the flipside, think about the hundreds of wannabes who have tried to build mediocre social networks, put thousands of hours and dollars into hustling, spamming, and coercing people to join, only to ultimately fail. I personally know several people who have attempted that same feat and suffered the same fate.

Because of this, entrepreneurs become product scientists, obsessively collecting user feedback, testing new features and designs, and constantly tweaking their product. Musicians, bands, and DJs can, and should, do the same with their music. Here are 3 ideas on approaching and improving your musical craft with this same mindset:

1. Proactively seek criticism from fans and professionals alike

And no, that random guy on Soundcloud commenting "nice track bro" doesn't count. I'm not suggesting you kill your self-esteem seeking out haters, rather, get feedback from your biggest fans and music industry professionals on things that they love and would change about your latest track(s). Ask your fans over social media- maybe some really like when you write love songs but you've only ever made one or two, maybe some are imploring you to work with that great saxaphone player again. Head onto a site like Music Xray where you can actually hire producers, managers, A&Rs, and engineers to offer detailed critiques on your music. One of those professional critiques will offer insight that you could never give yourself!

2. Use open mics, private shows, and other low-risk live venues to test new material

I got this idea from a rapper that I've DJed for a couple times. He pays close attention to crowd reaction during his songs, and after 1-3 performances of any given version of a song, he'll go back and tweak the arrangement, the form, or things he does to interact with the crowd during the song. I've done the same track with him multiple times, and each time the crowd loves it more and more, because he's been adding more of what they respond to, and cutting down on the less interesting moments that kill the vibe.

3. Check the stats!

Nowadays we have a wealth of statistics available to us as musicians, stats we can get from Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Next Big Sound, or our distributor. Go beyond which of your songs are getting played the most often- which of your Soundcloud uploads has the highest ratio of favorites to plays? What track on Bandcamp has the highest % of complete plays, and which has the highest % of less than 10 percent played? You can draw inferences from this data as to what interests your listeners and catches their ear, and what they constantly hit "skip" on.

I hope these three ideas will get you started on taking an objective look at your music and further honing your craft. Remember- amazing music is the solid foundation that you need in order for the effort you put into audience building, monetization, and multiplication to be worth it. Then once you have a product you truly believe in, check out the Music Biz Systems website or my free eBook and hop onto my email list to learn more about the next three steps!

Ryan Lucht is the founder and author of, where he teaches artists the 4-step system to making music their career. With years of experience in everything from online marketing consulting to running cult-favorite beats label HEY WTF Records, Ryan started Music Biz Systems to adapt ideas from the worlds of entrepreneurship and startup companies into actionable guides and tactics for musicians, helping them create an amazing product, build an audience, monetize their interest, and multiply each factor. Get familiar with the Music Biz System in the Free 4-Week Guide to Power Up Your Music Career, and follow him @musicbizsystem.

Why Is It Important To Connect With Your Customers?

If you are looking for more ways to do more with your business, the secret could lie in your ability to make more connections. This article sheds light on why you need to do this – and the more often you do it the better the results will be.

The worst thing a business can do is to look for sales with no thought as to what their customer might want. Sales are important, certainly – they are the continued reason why your business is afloat. However it is the way you approach those sales that makes the difference.

If all you focus on is selling you will miss what is right in front of your eyes – your customers. It’s easy when you’re in business to look at customers as just that and nothing else. However you should remember they are real people with real problems and as such they will have more interest in your business if you can provide them with a service they will use.

Businesses that manage to connect with their customers on this level typically achieve far more sales than if they concentrate on sales alone. Think of it as a reverse psychology. Instead of focusing on what you want, focus on what your customers want – then you will receive what you want as well, and probably more of it than you would have done before.

You should always make your primary target the customer. This means you should always have them in mind, whether you are thinking about the pricing of your new product or which new product you should stock. You should also consider what else you can do for them to make the experience better.

In short, even when your business is doing well you should think about how you can make it better for your customer. Pay attention to what they tell you – and perhaps just as importantly, what they don’t tell you. How can you make things better? What else could you do that would lead you to provide a better customer experience?

Connecting with customers can be done in a variety of ways. You can send regular emails to the people on your mailing list. You could hire recording studios to make a professionally recorded message to put on your website. You could send a surprise free gift as an extra thank you to everyone who places an order with you in the next month (without telling them about it in advance). Whatever you can do to separate yourself from the competition makes you stand out, and when you can provide even better customer service as a result, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to your business.

From recording studios for your video messages to simple gestures like free gifts, customers appreciate all kinds of things that make them feel like you’re looking out for their best interests. Brainstorming this particular idea could give you some of the best developments in your business you have ever seen. If you are serious about selling more and achieving more, bring the focus back onto your customer now. The more you can do to achieve this the better your business will be. You’ll get more customers via word of mouth too, which is the best deal of all.

Making Music on a Budget [Infographic]

You've rocked the mic at shows, wowed the crowds and gained fans. Now the fans are hungry for more and can’t wait for you to release music they can get their hands on and/or into their iPods.

You want to give them what they want, but when you sit back and think about the costs that goes into recording and releasing an album, you feel a bit overwhelmed. There's a slew of bills and financial obligations coming at you from what feels like every angle. So you wonder…"how am I going to make this work?"

You are not alone and it is something you can accomplish with patience and the right planning. Don't stress, many of us are far from waking up in luxury cars and popping expensive bottles of commonly mispronounced beverages. We need to be thrifty in our approach to create quality music. Here are some simple tips to make the process of budgeting for your project a less daunting task and easily attainable.

Inspirational Poem: How To Inspire Others

Inspire people with your thoughts
Inspire people with your success
Inspire people with your heart
Inspire people with your faults

Inspire people with your passion
Inspire people with your beliefs
Inspire people with your speech
Inspire people with your actions

Inspire people with your time
Because it is a sound investment
Inspire people with your mind
Show them your profound direction

Inspire people with your hope
Inspire people with your faith
Inspire people with your jokes
Inspire people with your face

Inspire people with your smile
Inspire people with your curiosity
Inspire people with your habits
Inspire people with your style

Inspire people with your compliments
Inspire people with your words
Inspire people with their accomplishments
Inspire people with your verbs

Inspire people with your composure
Be cool, calm and collected
Inspire people with your exposure
Be open, transparent and reflective

Inspire people with your ears
Inspire people with a closed mouth
Inspire people with your fears
Inspire people with your tears

How do you inspire others? Share your thoughts below.

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How To Build A Fan Base After You Perform Live

If you’re a musician at any stage of your career, performing live is often what you live for. If you’re a musician at the early stage of your career, then your live performance is the biggest opportunity you have to connect with your audience. Even in the modern age of social media where anyone, just ask Justin Bieber, can put themselves on YouTube or Instagram and try and build a following.

Think about the type of places you perform at when you start playing live. These tend to be intimate, even grimy and uncomfortable venues, but lend themselves to you getting to know the people who have come out to see you and give you a great platform to build a loyal following organically.

What can you do to build a following of fans when and after you perform live?

Publicize Your Social Media Presence

If possible, it would be great if you could do this on any promotional literature, such as flyers, that might be handed out prior to your performance. Whether you do this or not, be sure to somehow publicize your social media presence while performing. This might mean putting your Twitter profile on the front of your t-shirt or hoodie, or simply telling people to find you on social media after the gig. If you have a YouTube channel, you could use this to attract social media followers by saying you’ll share a private video of a performance with all your followers.

As a musician, you’ll already be using social media to try and get your name out there, and a live performance is a great opportunity to build a following. This can start a snowball effect, as a larger social following means better exposure for your next performance, which will gain you more social followers, and so it continues.

Hang Around After Performing

Many musicians who looked like they could have "made it" never did. Nothing new there, but the percentage of these who didn’t make it because of their own doing is alarmingly high. If we were paid each time a performer turned into a diva after a handful of gigs, we’d be able to retire and live it up in the Seychelles 365 days a year.

You have to hang around and meet and greet those who have attended the show. This is particularly important if you’re not the "headlining act" as the venue will get busier throughout the evening and you’ll get the opportunity to meet many people; those who weren’t there for your performance might even be inspired to come to your next show after meeting you.

Never underestimate the power of community within music, either, even at the very foundation of the industry. Bands and other performers will remember that you hung out after your own performance to support them, which could lead to you picking up additional fans later as they thank you and acknowledge the fact you stayed, both at the gig and online later.

Think of Ways to Make Them Come Back

In an ideal world, it is your performance that will inspire people to come back and see you again. However, what you cannot guarantee is that your fans will go away and tell 10 people how great you were. If you want to make a name for yourself, you should think of offering an unique proposition to your gig attendees from time to time. Something as simple as you’ll buy a drink for anyone that brings along five extra people to your next performance, or you’ll let them in free, for example, will work brilliantly and get your name out there.

Just remember that you will need to rein this in when your gig attendances move into the high double figures and hopefully into the hundreds and thousands.

There are many ways you can grow your following after a live performance, but ultimately they all come down to how you, as the musician and the person people have come to see, engage with your audience and use them to build a following.

Have you used any of these tips to build your fan base? Is there anything else that you would add? Share your tips below.

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This article was contributed by Pro Music Tutor, an online marketplace featuring guitar and saxophone tutorials for aspiring musicians to download and use at their leisure in order to improve their skills.

3 Networking Tips for the Relocated Recording Artist

You spent years building a fanbase for your music.

Your promo is on point. Your social media campaign is strategic and calculated.

Your merchandise always sells out. You truly control your own destiny.

Then you receive word from a family member about the health of your parents.

Do you, stay where you currently are or do you move closer to assist your parents?

When life strikes you have no choice but to react and usually reaction means packing up and moving.

Your music career is an afterthought at this time.

A few months go by and the situation is better. Suddenly you start feeling the itch to make music again, but you are faced with a dilemma, you do not know anyone.

Below I will detail 3 networking tips for recording artists on the move.

1. Reach out to Industry Tastemakers

When you are the new kid in town it is wise to research the area. Find out who the promoters are, find out who are the top artists in the area, find out who makes beats, etc and contact them.

Research the area with precision.

Contact tastemakers and let them know that you are new in the area. Learn from them, ask them questions. Set up meetings with these people.

2. Have Face-To-Face Meetings

There is nothing like face to face interaction. Face to face interaction gives you the opportunity to discuss things. You can also gain a friend. Knowing something that is familiar with the area with help you navigate the scene better.

3. Spread Your Ideas

You have built your confidence up after the face to face interaction. Time to spread ideas and share what is on your mind. Share what you learned in your previous destination.

Be a resource as opposed to a know it all.

Establishing a fanbase in a new location is very difficult. If you take the time to reach out and establish relationships with people the process will be a lot easier.

Have you recently moved to a new location? Do you have additional networking tips that will help out the masses? Please share your thoughts below.

5 Ways To Build Your YouTube Following (@delahayetv Interview)

Obscurity prevents a lot of artists from reaching their full potential.

There is nothing worse than being a no-name in an over saturated market.

Artists should strive towards ways to increase their exposure.

Artists should also gravitate towards establishing co-marketing alliances with bigger brands to extend their reach.

How should artists achieve this?

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to interview an upstart video production company called DLHTV. Visual or Video marketing is huge right now due to the technological boom and the accessibility of mobile devices.

This UK based company focuses solely on helping underground artists get noticed via their growing YouTube channel. In the interview you will learn about the origin of DLHTV, the platform that it provides, the importance of sound and more. DLHTV will also share 5 ways to build your youtube following.

First and foremost, what inspired you to create DLHTV?

It was natural progression from my love of hip hop and urban music. I wanted to help new and up-and-coming underground artists get noticed.

I love the platform that you have provided for UK artists. How does De La Haye typically reach out to artists? Do they contact you first?

Initially it was a struggle to find talent and I had to get the name out there. I approached artists and made freestyles and videos for them for virtually no money. Now-a-days I'm getting hit up all the time to produce videos, promos etc. Artists contact me directly and if I think that they're interesting to our audience I'll get involved. The DLHTV channel and website is our platform, calling card and showcase - it also has direct contact details for artists to get in touch.

I really gravitated to your videography expertise. I love the multi-cam approach that you utilize. How influential has cinematography been to your career as a videographer?

I was bought up during a revolution in Television and music video production. I was influenced by the shows where you didn't need a £50,000 - 16mm camera to make a broadcast quality video. Of course I like the production values of the big Hollywood set pieces but I was influenced more by the free form approach of shows like 'Jack Ass' and early skate videos - You grab a camera and see what happens.

Are you self-taught?

Yes I am.

I noticed recently that you are started to shoot music videos. Can you describe a typical video shoot with DLHTV?

We like to keep it informal with a minimal crew, keep the artist relaxed and have some fun. There's normally one camera but sometimes two with all the required rigs, we turn up, turn on the playback and catch the moment. Obviously we'll try a number of things and if the artist has any specific plan we'll work to that too. Basically I find the best results come from creating on the go and catching what's natural.

Would you mind detailing the differences between the Voodoo Collective, Meet the Elite, and your other spinoffs?

The Voodoo Collective are a performance group which I help promote. Meet the Elite was just a series of freestyles we shot off the back of the Elite League videos and live cyphers. I work a lot with Idiot Village and Legionnaires who are London based and we co-promote as a movement. I also have a recording deal with Lefty for the Leftside Story album and promote Rhymeskeemz a huge local talent. I also have a co-promote deal with Knowledge is Power promotions under the DelaHaye TV presents label.

Another original idea that you are using is recording the Beat Box Freestyle. Explain how important recording sound is to capturing this phenomenal talent.

We invested heavily in sound equipment prior to going big into freestyle - sound is vastly important as these are shot quickly and often in one take.

Do you have plans to extend your platform internationally?

Yes - We're looking for US artists to promote in the UK. Reaching out to the Russian market and always open to exploring new markets if there is a following.

How can the masses get in contact with you?

The website has a contact us button and I see all the emails. I also monitor the Twitter and FaceBook feeds (Twitter @delahayetv and

Can you detail 5 ways artists can build their following using YouTube?

1. Get your video onto DelahayeTV!

2. Build subscribers by pushing your channel at live gigs.

3. Social network like crazy!

4. Look for the influencers in the market and get them to recognize you.

5. Keep reminding people you are there and never give up.

Have you tried to partner with YouTube channels to build your following? How has the response been? Share your response below.

An Insider's Secret To Hip Hop Blog Coverage

Let me share something with you right quick. It is not your music.

Your music is a link within the email.

In order to truly captivate someone's attention you need to hook them. You need to get their attention first.

How do you get someone's attention when you are dealing with obscurity?

The subject line of the email, the person sending the email and the people on the track play a huge role in the recipient's response.

Descriptive subject lines work!

Bloggers love receiving songs from people that have a track record of pitching quality material. PR firms, publicists, music journalists and even artists become blog favorites by sending exclusive material.

Artists that bloggers already post and producers with name recognition stand out.

At the end of the day you want to be given a chance. Sometimes outsourcing the blog submission process will ease the process.

11 People that will help your music get noticed:

If you are an artist that is frustrated with the submission process, outsource the process.

Your music deserves to be heard.

Have you ever outsourced the blog submission process? Share your thoughts below.

15 Simple Ways to Market Your Music

Music plays with the heart and triumphs over the souls. It is considered one of the most effective pills to bring joy to people. When everything in life seems like a setting sun, a romantic or a raunchy track can really uplift your perspective. Composing music or writing it is even more exciting. You’re the one, who wants to please the audience. Recording music is stressful and so is releasing music.

It’s fine, but can you imagine yourself releasing an album without a buyer? No, never. How about recording each and every song with your heart? How about marketing an album without a plan or layout?

In this day and age, marketing your album is just as important as recording your album. Have you chalked out some marketing plans or are you still clueless over this issue? I suggest reading that you continue to read this post to discover 15 Simple Ways to Market Your Music.

1. Social Networking
We are living in a world where it is easy to reach out to an audience through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Whatsapp and so forth at the click of a mouse. So, tap into one of the safest and cheapest modes of marketing.

2. Brand Recognition
The company that is set to release your album must be recognizable since, some of the buyers look at the brand name first before shelling out money for an album.

If you are an independent artist than you are your brand. Everything you do, say, wear etc is a part of your brand.

3. Sponsors
They also play a crucial role in your musical success. Sponsorship can come from various levels. Corporate sponsorship, non-profit sponsorship, local sponsorship, etc. The goal is to build relationships with these sponsors. You never know what can happen.

4. Public Places
Nevertheless the world provides an great opportunity to market your music. Posters, placards and physical product haven’t lost their sheen yet. Placing these items in public places certainly leaves a positive imprint in the minds of onlookers.

5. Media
Print plus electronic media, both have their own impact on the society. Make sure, you’ve prepared a press release worth informing. Avoid mentioning pointless details that should be otherwise fitting to your current album.

6. Interviews
You need to make efforts to get your interview conducted with a famed TV channel, before you become a celeb. For the reason that then, chance of yours getting into the eyes of audiences enhances immensely.

Interviews with a local TV station works as well. Do not forget about the power of YouTube. You can interview yourself or conduct a Q&A session.

7. Live shows
Depending upon your popularity and demand in the market, you can choose the live show route. Interacting face-to-face with the audience is something one can’t experience in a four walled studio. Undeniably, it leaves an indelible mark in the listeners mind.

Don’t be shy either, performing for small crowds and promoting your album is the first step. It will be an ideal rehearsal for you to learn what do to during a jam packed concert.

8. Online Promotion
There are various online portals that offer advertising slots. Your goal is to own real estate on these sites. Yes, front page coverage always works. Research the sites carefully though.

9. Celebrity or Industry Endorsements
It can’t get better than this. The support of a celebrity or industry insider can yield huge results. Remember build relationships by being approachable, attentive and resourceful.

10. Highlight Content
Assessing your work can be a daunting task, but at the same time very beneficial too. Highlight your best content and allow it to stand out.

11. Run a Contest
Involving customers is very fruitful in regards to effective marketing. Offer gift hampers, free CD’s, merch, concert passes, etc to the winners of the contest.

12. Teamwork (Involve Family and Friends)
Working in a group is a great way to market your music. Distributing some of the marketing work to your family, close friends, and acquaintances, expands your market reach.

13. University/Colleges/Schools
Learn the art of keeping a finger on the pulse of youth. Most of the time, they are the cream buyers. Pass out content on campus. This includes promo cds, posters, flyers, etc. It is always good to recruit college students to be ambassadors of your brand.

14. Run videos on TV channels
Visual marketing is huge today. Take the time to pitch your content to TV Channels. This approach is very expensive though so be willing to shell out the big bucks.

15. Be Aware of Every Opportunity
Learn how to view every situation as an opportunity. Become a people person. Interact with people and just communicate with good intentions. Listen to people, be a problem solver. Be resourceful. Market your music by being yourself!

Never ever lose hope, you may be a beginner today but tomorrow is a different day. Once you succeed in carving a special place in the hearts of your fans, marketing your next album Won't be as difficult as it is now.

Have you utilized these marketing tips before? What have you learned from past marketing campaigns? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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How To Use Spotify To Promote Your Music

The age of the Internet has signalled the beginning of new and exciting opportunities for aspiring musicians. Where once only a recording contract with an established label would lead to chart success, anyone with the requisite talent can now ensure that their music is heard on a global stage. Spotify is the world's largest music streaming service of its kind in the world, and it allows users to listen to a huge catalogue of music for free, or with additional user options in exchange for a monthly subscription. You can now list your own compositions for streaming alongside those of the world's most successful recording artists, and it's probably easier than you think.

Enlist the help of nominated music distribution companies

Although it is not possible to directly upload music to the Spotify website, it is possible to do it through specialist music promotion companies. For a small charge, the service you choose will administer the royalties you receive from Spotify, as well as ensuring that your tracks are sent in the correct format.

During the sign-up process, it is important that you take the time to ensure that your biography and contact details are correct. You can't update them via the Spotify website, so any errors will need to be rectified through music distribution companies - a task that could take several weeks to complete.

Build a following

The key to success on Spotify is to accumulate a list of followers. As more people listen to your compositions, they will follow you - and hopefully persuade their friends to do the same. However, in order to give your presence on Spotify the required credibility, you will need to get verified.

Once your music has been uploaded to Spotify, you can create your own profile and link it to your Spotify discography. This is done through the verification form on the website. After supplying the URL of your discography, a profile name, an associated Twitter account and an acceptable photo, the verification process will begin - which can take up to three weeks. Verified artists can be identified by the 'blue tick' icon displayed next to their profile name.

When someone follows you, they will be instantly notified by email when you change your profile or add new tracks, so it's a great way of keeping your loyal fans in the loop. You can let them be the first to hear your new tracks - which they may share with other users. The Spotify activity feed will also keep your fans up to date with new material - and any songs you have added to your playlists recently.

Embrace Spotify playlists

Even the world's biggest recording artists are using Spotify playlists to engage with new fans and stay in touch with existing ones. Give your playlists appropriate names, and make them available to an audience of millions. Your fans and people looking for new artists in your genre will be able to access playlists on their mobiles and tablets too, which could further the reach of your own music.

Include Spotify on your own website

It is now easy to make your Spotify presence felt by fans through your own website. With the addition of some simple code, you can add a 'play' button to any page on your site. This will allow visitors to listen to your tracks with just one click. You can also place a link to your Spotify profile on your own website, which can grow your following quickly and organically.

Spotify allows you to sell music

As an artist on Spotify, you can now set up an online merchandise store with the help of artist link. Whether you want to sell CDs of your best work, branded clothing or signed photos, the automated, step-by-step process makes it easy. You can also direct listeners to your website, where you can sell to them directly.

Spotify is a convenient, easy-to-use and cheap way of giving your music a global audience. With the right help from music promotion companies, it can grow your legion of fans far quicker than you ever imagined.

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Have you used Spotify to promote your music? Does this post help you understand Spotify better? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ditto Music is an online music record label services and digital distribution company servicing over 50,000 artists across the world. Services include chart eligibility, royalty collection and online promotion.

5 Ways Recording Artists Can Use Smartphones to Reach Their Audience

Do you have a smartphone? Are you using your smartphone to stay engaged with your audience?

Technology has advanced at an alarming rate.

When I was younger, I wanted a beeper. When I got older, I craved a flip phone.

Do you remember beepers?

Today, you will find me with my iPhone. I use it for everything. Writing blog posts, writing rhymes, tweeting, Facebook, etc.

You can leverage technology and use it to your advantage.

I created this post to empower you to think outside the box. I want you to use your creativity to win the hearts of your fans.

You don't need an expensive DSLR to engage with your fans. You have to stop using this as an excuse.

A lack of resources should never be a barrier to connecting with your fans. Think about your fans.

Think about cultivating long lasting relationships. The information in this post will help you extend the reach of your posts on Facebook. This information will help you stay visible on YouTube.

This information will give you the power to personalize your tweets as well.

Below I have provided 5 Ways Recordings Artists Can Use Smartphones to Reach Their Audience.

1). Create Customized Videos for Your Fans

Why This Works: You are building a relationship with your fans that extends beyond a song. Cater to your fans, thank them for taking the time to listen or purchase your material.

People love to feel appreciated and this technique works. This technique also gives you the opportunity to let your guard down and talk about your life. Be Vulnerable! Be Transparent!

2). Take Pictures With Your Fans

Why This Works: You are building trust with this idea. You are giving your fans something that lasts a lifetime, a picture.

3). Share Studio Footage

Why This Works: This idea works because you are inviting fans into your world. You are giving them behind the scenes footage of the creative process. Your fans will appreciate this.

4). Share Your Talent With Your Fans

Why This Works: This idea works well if you pay attention to your audience. Ask your fanbase for ideas, gather the ideas and record videos.

You can ask your fanbase for topics, words, etc. Do an impromptu freestyle with topics from your fans.

Do a guitar solo or make a beat on the spot.

This idea also gives you a chance to share your talents OUTSIDE of your niche. If you are a talented chef, share cooking content with your fans. If you are an accomplished dancer, share your best dance moves.

You can also provide tips and offer feedback to other artists that look up to you. The possibilities are endless.

The goal is to cater to your fans and give them a reason to remain your fan.

5). Personalized Birthday Songs

Why This Works: Okay, people love to feel special on their day of birth. This idea gives you the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment with them. Refer to Idea 4 and really create some creative videos.

Be creative. Be caring. Be strong.

Your fans really matter. You can use free resources to stay engaged with your fanbase.

Remember that your smartphone is more than a device that you talk or text with. Stay engaged with your fans.

Stop letting Social Media conquer you, conquer Social Media (Tweet this Quote).

Have you tried to engage with your audience using your smartphone? What has the response been like? Please share in the comments.

3 Proven Ways to Gain the Attention of An Egotistical Music Blogger

No one man should have all that power!

The line above comes courtesy of Kanye West. I love using rap lyrics and applying them to everyday situations.

Do you like doing this?

I decided to use Kanye's line to talk about music bloggers. Music bloggers have a lot of influence because they have essentially replaced Djs.

In the past Djs broke records. Times have changed and Social Media has given POWER to new tastemakers, music bloggers (Djs still break records though).

Before you continue reading this I want to make something clear. I do not think all music bloggers are egotistical. I do believe that we have given some of them too much POWER and well this power leads to an inflated ego.

On the flipside, bloggers are bombarded with email submissions, Twitter mentions, Facebook messages, etc.

Have you ever thought about how much content a blogger has to listen to?

They usually work WITHOUT pay and invest a lot of time into listening to our content yet WE feel entitled.

YOU are not entitled to nothing. The music industry is saturated with artists trying to get on. Everyday new artists pop up and these artists want to be featured on music blogs.

Yes, we, music artists rely on bloggers to help spread our ideas and music bloggers rely on us to bring in traffic.

Why Blog Coverage Benefits Artists

Artists WANT to be featured on music blogs. The bigger the blog, the better! Now, I know that this is not necessarily true but you can't argue with the benefits (i.e., web traffic, SEO and name recognition).

I tell artists all the time to aim low then work their way up to bigger blogs.

Basically start with smaller blogs and build relationships with those bloggers. A lot of artists fail to understand that the music industry is based on relationships.

I even created a hip-hop blog directory because I was tired of submitting to the big blogs and being ignored.

Are you tired of being ignored when you know your content is good?

So am I! Below I have outlined 3 ways YOU can gain the attention of an egotistical music blogger.

1). Become A Part of Their Community

The easiest way to gain the attention of a music blogger is to become a part of their community (Tweet this Quote). Leave comments on their blog, Follow them on Twitter, Like them on Facebook, Subscribe to their YouTube channel. Leave valuable feedback. This will boost your name recogniton and maybe just maybe give you an edge over another artist.

2). Personalizing Your Pitch

Personalize your pitch. Personalize your pitch. Personalize your pitch. In order to stand out among the noise you have to create a personalized message. Effective email subject lines will help you get more blog coverage.

I use this subject line when I pitch music: Music Submission: [Artist Name] - [Title of the Song (produced by. X)]

You can use this approach. Create detailed headlines that tell the recipient what the email is about.

Personalize your pitch to stand out! This is why I preach individualized pitches as opposed to email blasts. Email blasts work when you have built up your brand.

3). Mentioning The Music Blogger

This is the most effective way to gain the attention of a music blogger. Mention them or their blog on Social Media. Share content that you love.

HINT: If they blog about your material then show your gratitude by sharing it with your audience.

Mention the blog or blogger in video content. Maybe you can send them a personalized video message where you introduce yourself and your music submission. If you decide to go this route remember to keep it brief.

The key revolves around mentioning the blog and then utilizing the second tip.

I guarantee that if you take the time to build relationships you will receive more blog coverage.

I can't guarantee that you will be famous or get posted but you might gain an ally in your corner, a supporter that can help spread your music.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you find the information valuable please share it and Subscribe to my RSS Feed.

So, how do YOU gain the attention of music bloggers? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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3 Simple Ways to Turn Your Fans Into Supporters

You love what you do. You have a gift and people are moved when you share it, but here’s the’re not alone. Thanks to technology, there's a much more level playing field for listeners to discover new music. This means that your fans have options and you are not the only one asking for a few of their discretionary dollars. So how do you turn a fan into a loyal supporter?

Take a look at the word "support". Independent artists tend to utilize the word often when promoting events, music and the like.

sup·port (sə-pôrt′, -pōrt′)
1. To bear the weight of, especially from below.
2. To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
3. To be capable of bearing; withstand: "His flaw'd heart ... too weak the conflict to support" (Shakespeare).
4. To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen: The letter supported him in his grief.
5. To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
6. To furnish corroborating evidence for: New facts supported her story.
7. a. To aid the cause, policy, or interests of: supported her in her election campaign.
b. To argue in favor of; advocate: supported lower taxes.
8. To endure; tolerate: "At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult" (Samuel Johnson).
9. To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
1. a. The act of supporting.
b. The state of being supported.
2. One that supports.
3. Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.

When you think about it, that's a huge request...why should your fans feel obligated to do so? I do not profess to have all the answers.  However, as a producer it is important for me to be a fan of artists before working with them, so these tips I offer from my perspective as a fan.

Don't Be a Bot
Promotion is key, but don't forget that your music is a part of you. If people connect with your music, they want to connect with YOU too. Don't use social networks solely to push your shows, music & business ventures on your fans. No one wants to be friends with someone who only reaches out to them when it's to reach into their pockets. It's annoying and a huge distraction from the talent that you are actually trying to share. Take the time to share thoughts, life experiences & interact with people as will get you a lot further.

Say Thank You
Unless you are in the position where you have thousands of actual fans constantly interacting with you, you CANNOT be too busy to say thank you. If someone purchases your product, shares your links or publicly acknowledges your talent, say thank you. That's simply good manners. Whether it's public or confidential, you need to let your fans know that you appreciate their support. There are other things that they could have done with their time and/or money, they didn't have to choose you but they did. When people feel you appreciate them, they are much more willing to support you.

Show the Support You Wish to Receive
Again, thanks to technology leveling the playing field, there are a lot more artists these days. Believe it or not, many of them can be your biggest advocates should you chose to correctly nurture those relationships. Show up every now and then to a show you or your team and/or label mates are NOT on the bill for. Occasionally share the work or events of an independent artist that you enjoy but don't stand to gain a direct benefit from. Let your fans know that you care about more than your own personal gain. This will make people more willing to contribute to your endeavors.

Achickwitbeatz is a female music producer/songwriter who hails from Michigan. Specializing in Hip Hop, R&B and Electronic genres she frequently ventures outside of anticipated norms to create vibes that evoke emotions and head nods. Her production style has earned her international airplay and the chance to work with independent artists throughout the Midwest and east coast regions. |

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How to Create Your Own Humans Of Movement In Your City

Recently I have gravitated towards the Humans of New York movement.

Humans of New York is a movement that captures the essence of the big Apple, the people. Brandon Stanton, the man behind the success of HONY, started Humans of New York after moving to New York.

You can tell that Brandon loves the city and the stories of the people that dwell in this city. He has only been photographing people for 3 years but his interpersonal skills are phenomenal. Brandon is a true inspiration to Street Photographers and Photographers in general.

He approaches people in a respectful manner and asks politely if he can take their picture, but it doesn't stop there. Taking a photograph is one thing but forging a bond is another thing.

Brandon interviews his subjects and most are comfortable enough to respond. Their responses usually accompany the pictures.

Check out the video below to witness his awesome interpersonal skills.

Humans of New York has grown rapidly as evidenced by the 2.5 million Facebook Followers that the page has amassed. Furthermore, Brandon was able to capitalize on his unique brand of Street Photography by creating the New York Times Bestselling book Humans of New York.

Brandon's innovation strategy has also inspired photographers around the world to create similar movements in their prospective city.

I made it my mission to ask other Humans of Pages if they could share tips for those looking to start a Humans of Page.

Some of them responded to this simple question. "I was wondering if could you please share one tip for those looking to start a Humans Of Page?" Their responses are below (this is an ongoing post).

"Hi. Thanks for your interest in Humans of Seoul. Each humans of page has own characteristics. For example, Humans of Amsterdam focuses more on diversity than others do. Humans of Seoul addresses more about humanity since Koreans are only known for hardworking attitude, in general.

Other than that, see some pages that deal with somewhere we normally don't know much about, for example, Humans of Tehran. I often get surprised, seeing the page. We've been with so many prejudices about people in the distinct culture." - Humans of Seoul

"Honestly, no tips. Just get out there and start talking to people first. Once the stories flow in, you'll start getting it. If you need any specific advice I'll be more than happy to help!" - Humans of Singapore

"My tip would be to create a place where all people are equally valued. For some that may be easy but others will have to push themselves out of their comfort zones to accomplish that. And remember you are no better and no worse than anyone you photograph.

And if you want to go the practical route...always carry business cards! (I should take my own advice. lol)" - Humans of Syracuse

"Be confident and kind, and always smile when approaching somebody" - Humans of Jerusalem

"Our advice would be to be brave and carious. And try to really listen what people have to say. Sometimes there is a magic in the smallest thing they say." - Humans of Zagreb

"I would suggest studying classical painting and photography so, when you go out to shoot, you have some good composition base. Another tip is smile when you approach people and don't go too deep into explaining the project. It is better to ask if they would allow you to take their picture and then, during the interview, you can explain. In this kind of page I think it is more powerful if the person looks at the camera.

Try to show background in every picture so it has geographical information. It is a good idea to change the style, so one picture can be more of a close up, another one middle perspective and others more open. What makes this project exciting for me is to keep learning, innovating and contributing to a better world with our art. I hope this helps." - Humans of Spain

"To be really honest, if you need tips, then don't do it. It's very simple: Go out and take pictures and make little stories. Don't try to copy other 'humans' pages, just do your own thing, make us look over your shoulder and show us your town." - Humans of Utrecht

"Be likable. Be respectful. Don't write down whatever they say when they say it. Memorize it. Memorize their faces. Look into their eyes. Be interested. Remember them. Be honest when you make your post." - Humans of Karachi

"I would say its important to be aware of people's vulnerabilities and especially one's own. When I reach out to people I have to put them first." - Humans of Oslo (MVBO)

"I would say don't be shy about taking a bit of time to set up a good shot. At first I just took a picture as fast as I could because I was afraid that the people would be annoyed, and the photos weren't very good. Now I try to take the time I need, and the photos are much better for it." - Humans of Ann Arbor

"Just do it! Start it." - Humans of Rio de Janeiro

"I'm not sure what tips I can give others except to say you have to really like doing it if you are going to be in it for the long haul." - Humans of the Fiji Islands

"I would suggest letting people know that rejection is normal and should not be taken personally. Keep pursuing people that seem interesting." - Humans of Los Angeles

"We're fairly new to this, so we're not sure how helpful our tip would be, but if we have learnt anything in the past few months we've been running this page, it is the importance of being a good listener. Sure, one needs to be a fairly decent photographer, but the Humans Of phenomenon transcends those boundaries, and that's where good listening skills will come in handy." - Humans of New Delhi

"I would say to use HONY as a guide but make the page your own. My page has evolved a lot since I created it a few months ago. I still take random photos of people on the street but if your city or town makes that difficult, you have to be creative. In my situation, I started taking photos of the interesting people I know and have now moved to small local businesses in town to give them some exposure." - Humans of Montgomery

"Master the craft of storytelling - in crazy winds, with impatient subjects, on quiet streets. When you tell a good story despite all the odds, you score a mini victory. Then you do it again." - Humans of Sackville

"1. Try to approach people from the front (rarely from their side) never from their back. Even if they agree to talk to you the level of unconscious stress induced by a total stranger stopping them from behind will surely create an emotional response that will damage the 'interview' in some way.

2. Be polite and smile.

3. I've noticed that the newly approached people are somewhat a mirror of myself, so if I am calm and collected with a deep and soothing voice when talking to them, they will be the same. On the contrary, if I am agitated and nervous this behavior will be transmitted onto them.

4. Background is as important as your subject. I've found that if a person agrees to have their photo taken, they will also in most cases agree for you to tell them where to sit. So move them around to your liking and put them in a scene that best reflects the environment.

5. Be genuinely interested in people. I know this one is subjective, but if you find your interest in what the person next to you has to say then your whole energy level will change and the response will be friendlier, more open, casual and positive. Just think about it this way - you have something to learn from every person you meet in your life.

6. When approaching someone try to make them feel like they are a part of something greater. I always tell them that I am trying to reveal the true face of the city by taking portraits of people that I meet along the way. Tell them that they are very expressive, that they caught your attention and that you would be delighted to take their picture. Refusal rate will drop heavily." - Humans of Bucharest

"Humans of Bangladesh focuses on 'crowd-sourcing' the content from different photographers. We call for compelling images from photographers who work in different district of the country. Since HoB is targeting to represent humans from an entire country, we think this approach is suitable. It's impossible for one/two photographers to travel to different parts of a country, and Bangladesh has a population of 160 millions!

So, our tip is, if you want to focus on a larger region than one single city (the entire country in our case), call for images from photographers all around the country." - Humans of Bangladesh

"Step into your subjects frequency (or world)" - Humans of K Road

"The hardest job in the world is not working in the mine, it's taking photographs of women in an Islamic country! with lots of religious beliefs and other funny ideas about photography. So try not to take photographs of women in a Islamic country..." - Humans of Shiraz

"The greatest tip I could give is something that a Human of Saint John herself told me and that's "Don't get comfortable". In other words, never let your comfort zone get in the way of you getting up every day and making images. Sharing stories is one of the most natural and beautiful things in the world, and you might not realize it at the time, but you can affect the people around you in a very positive way through storytelling." - Humans of Saint John

"When we post stories, it's always about the people we are talking to, not the photographer. We try never to say I." - Humans of Akureyi

"If ever you see someone you'd like to photograph, DON'T BE SHY AND GO ASK HIM OR HER, because you have nothing to lose and you may regret not having taken the picture afterwards." - Humans of Paris

"Don't hesitate, start now!" - Humans of Hong Kong 18

"The first step for me is to overcome the fear, the fear of the unknown of being misunderstood or rejected. All this becomes easier with experience, so the more you get out and shoot the easier it will be. You will gain more confidence and people will feel it and became more willing to be photographed.

The second step is to have time ... You will not be able to have a page similar to Brandon's (HONY) shooting only 1 or 2 times a week... It had to be a full-time "job", which is very difficult!

Try to be yourself, "humans of" are not expected to be all the same, what I find most important is to try to show your city through the people who live there or who pass there. Finally, and this is my case, if you do not have much time and have children etc, then you must accept collaborators with some few rules, and you will see how interesting it is to see other perspectives.

Remember, you can not be everywhere at the same time.

Go ahead and do it, the project "human of" makes us more human." - Humans of Lisbon

"Never judge a book by its cover, be confident, always be respectful." - Humans of Washington DC

"People you approach are somewhat the reflection of you and will tend to indirectly respond to how you carry yourself. If you are in a bad mood, people get that negative vibe and if you are in a good mood people respond positively. Dont rush through it if possible, take you time, get to know the person and smile, always smile!

Also treat those people around you as you'll want yourself to be treated. No one is more important that the other, everyone is equal. The next person's opinion, story or answers is as important as the other. Respect.

Most importantly is to not be discouraged if you do get declined or rejected, don't take it personally. there is always another great potrait/story out there." - Humans of Malaysia

"I started this page because it seemed like a lot of fun to approach random people and learn little things about them - but I'm a senior year high school student, preparing for I lack a very important thing to make a successful page- time! So my tip, is to make sure you have some time for it, time to interact with people and follow it up with the upload on your page!" - Humans of South India

"Be intuitive, extremely hearty and honest to whoever you talk to. Use your heart to capture that moment of their lives, things will turn out just fine." - Humans of Bangkok

"It is very important to capture the soul of the inhabitants, their variations and what makes them unique.

The Human movement is special because it is humanizing the places and highlighting how the people are the core of the place and they are the ones who make it special so you need to do enough research, avoid stereotypes, be gradual and keep the decorum." - Humans of Nubia

"As Humans of Australia is covering such a large continent and not a town I have began more to focus on collaboration. Getting all sorts of people to photograph all sorts of humans.

I feel like the important thing is to be kind. To approach every subject with an understanding and acceptance of where they're coming from. With a number of "Humans of" based on cities in Australia I wanted Humans of Australia to show an international audience how diverse our beautiful country is." - Humans of Australia

"When you take a photo, if you're doing it right, you are simply extending your ability to listen and telling the person that they are worth it. Just remember to really listen, this is something you'll get better at, and to be honest it is all you need." - Humans of Kingston

"For us, "Humans of Ahwaz" is more about people and their stories rather than pictures and their quality. So our tip would be to be affable and smile when you're approaching someone so that they feel free to share. Be respectful and polite.

You have to improve your social skills because you want people to trust you (hopefully with a secret of some sorts) and to do that you have to know what questions you should ask from each person. When telling them about where you're going to share their pictures try not to complicate things. Make them feel that they're a part of a greater group of people, that they belong. And remember everyone has something interesting to say.

So don't go only for the weird style and the colorful hair. And in the end it's important to set your goals straight. You know? "What do you want to achieve from this?" sort of thing. For example our take on Humans of was to show people that you can never judge a book by it's cover. We hope this helps." - Humans of Ahwaz

"I guess the best tip is photograph as many people as you can and really get to know them. People open up to you when you are interested in them and their stories." - Humans of Papua New Guinea

"Always look people in the eyes, smile, and say something you like about them. If you keep the attention on them you don't have to worry about being nervous." - Souls of San Francisco

"If someone is looking to start their own Humans project, I would suggest using what HONY and the rest of us have done as a starting point, but to be open to taking your own project in your own direction. There is no "code" saying that the process or the result has to look or feel a certain way. I love the different flavors and approaches each photographer and interviewer takes. Allow yourself room for the creative process. It sounds so cliche, but follow your heart to where the project takes you." - Humans of Portland

"Thank you for your interest in my party HUMANS OF WROCLAW. I was inspired by HONY and think it's a great project, approximates people, providing information on cities and populations. Wroclaw is one of the greatest Polish cities, there are more than a thousand years. It has about 800,000 people. It is their present to the world, I think the idea of Brandon Stanton's very good." - Humans of Wroclaw

"I guess the main thing I would say is don't be afraid to talk to people, most people want to tell their story." - Humans of Melbourne

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