BEST ADVICE FROM 5 FEMALE MUSIC BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS
By Ariel Hyatt, Cyber PR – September 24, 2013
Google image search “Females in the Music Industry” or “Women Entrepreneurs in the Music Business” and, as a female in the music biz, you’ll find a broken-heart healthy dose of incongruity to unease any curiosity you had. After you hit search you’ll find images of Gaga, Beyonce and every other female singer with a producer, personal trainer, and an airbrushed figure. Of course the internet is not the be all end all of truth. We know there are women out there who are fully supporting themselves off their talent, while not stripping for the latest mag cover. Industry professionals who have some genuine advice that isn’t masked by having to keep up with some media image or obligation of contract. There are women out there kicking butt completely solo. This isn’t the 1970s. But how come so many are faceless within a quick Google search?
Well, that’s the exact question I asked myself a few months ago. Around the time of this past year’s SXSW, an article was published online called “30 Pieces Of Advice From Music Industry Entrepreneurs”. I was the only woman featured in the piece. This didn’t sit well with me. Especially since most of my beloved female friends are power houses in the industry. So, on my birthday this year, I wrote an article called “51 Female Music Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Advice (Part 1)”.
Not only are the women featured in this article strong, innovative role models who are prospering by doing what they love, but they are women who were courageous enough to respond to my request for a contribution to this article. Surprisingly, I found that there were a great number of women whom I asked that did not wish to be included in the piece. They didn’t want that in their professional persona an emphasis be placed on the fact that they were a woman. I think that it is wrong to glaze over the fact that we still live in a vastly male dominated industry (Just do the Google search test). It’s our responsibility as women to support and encourage one another.
So here are insights from some of the female musicians featured in my article I published this past summer. Wisdom from women who have been where you are and, more importantly, remember it. So without further ado, here are the lovely ladies and their top advice:
Canadian-born cellist Zoe Keating performed from 2002 to 2006 as second chair cellist in the cello rock band Rasputina. Her self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma has received wide critical acclaim.
“Remember that the world does not revolve around you. Be patient, be forgiving and be nice to everyone. Say thank you. Be prepared to hear “no” more than you hear “yes” and don’t lose sleep over it. When every door is closed you can always just make your own damn building.”
Artist – @zoecello
Founding member of the influential pop rock group, October Project, Julie Flanders is the lyricist for successful independent recording artist, Sylvia Tosun.
“I encourage my consulting clients to change one phrase “I have to do this” to “I GET to do this”! Remembering that you are powerful and you have choice is the key to creative leadership. While others complain, you can be creating and accomplishing your dreams.”
Artist & Creative Leadership and Success Coach – @julieflanders
Canadian actress, dancer, singer/songwriter, and cartoon voice-over artist Janyse Jaud has received awards for her songwriting from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Independent Music Awards, and others. Her most recent endeavor is the Magic of Think™. A children’s CD designed to help and encourage children to develop important lessons in self-esteem and problem solving.
“Think of the impossible. What if… Yes I know, obstacles and doubt will challenge you and people will believe that you are out of your mind but just smile. Create that new path for others to follow, surround yourself with the best people, never give up, and that passionate “what if” will suddenly become a reality.”
President, The Magic of Think – @janysejaud
Singer/songwriter and Youtube sensation (“20 Things to do with Matzah” or “Rosh Hashanah Girl”) Michelle Citrin’s songwriting has won her titles such as Billboard Music’s “Top Songwriters”, VH-1’s Song of the Year finalist, Great American Songwriting Honor, and finalist in Sony Music’s Future Rock Competition.
“Let people show you who they are as opposed to you making them out to be who you are looking for. Pay close attention to how you feel when you meet someone for the first time, it’s a great indication of what you really feel about the person. As they say…First impressions are everything”.
Singer/Songwriter & Producer/Composer – @MichelleCitrin
Ilyana is the co-founder of Lythion Music. With her partner James Harrell she writes, produces and performs music and sound for television, film, and stage while maintaining a successful acting and voice-over career.
“My top advice would be, to use your Intuition and never underestimate it’s powerful assistance when advocating for your self and your company. Also super important, is to reconnect everyday with why you created your company, your passion and connection to it, is KEY to keep it growing.”
Partner, LythionMusic – @IlyanaKadushin