How to market yourself in the music business

Please welcome a new contributor to HTWB, Milton Keynes (England) based film maker and thought leader Farai Chirimuuta. Here Farai shares his advice on marketing for up and coming musicians – gained from his extensive experience of making music videos and guiding performers through this competitive and often cut-throat industry.

How to market yourself in the music business

First and foremost, it is essential to have branding sorted.

Aspiring musical artists of the modern climate, serious about pursuing a musical career, have so much more to consider before getting signed by record labels than in previous generations. [Read more…]

How to look your best on live streaming video

Yet again please welcome the multi-talented Steve Crawford who, in addition to being an ace performance poet and expert in sign-making and allied skills, until recently ran a very successful video production company. In the light of our increasing focus on both pre-recorded and also live streaming video, Steve has kindly shared with us the tips he put across to his video clients to ensure they looked their best on camera … whether there was time to prepare or not (much.)

How to look your best on live streaming video

If your hair is dark, stick to the medium range to dark colours, still taking care ideally to avoid black. ©ITU/ I.Wood

So you’re scheduled to appear on camera and really want you to look your best. This is especially important if you’re representing your business or an organization. You can improve the results, by following the simple guidelines I’ve listed below. [Read more…]

The Machines Have Won – a scary short story for Christmas

Today we welcome American author and family history expert writer / researcher Tom Bartlett. Originally from Boston MA he now lives with his family in Milton Keynes (my UK home town) and very kindly has shared this funny-yet-slightly-scary original story … a writer’s perfect nightmare. And if you know the Boston MA area, you will recognize some of the places Tom names.

The Machines Have Won - a scary short story for Christmas

The machines have won … but have they, really?

Cameron tilted his head forward from its reclined position in the driver’s seat, and lifted the remote in his left hand up to his line of vision. With unhurried ease, he moved his right hand to the remote and punched the blue button. [Read more…]

The Nativity with a modern twist…

Welcome back to roller banner supremo and performance poet extraordinaire Steve Crawford, who has penned his own version of the Nativity story for us in verse…enjoy!

The Nativity with a modern twist

“Nowadays a call to social services, means they would take that baby away.”

On Christmas night apparently, baby Jesus had been put in a manger.

There were horses and cows and some sheep there too, sounds to me like he could be in danger. [Read more…]

Some, er, music and poetry writing for a change

Recently someone pointed out that despite our having a category on HTWB for music and poetry, posts on these topics have been thin on the ground recently. Grovelling apologies.

Some, er, music and poetry writing for a change

This is dedicated to the victims of the UK’s Cumbria floods and I hope it might give you a small smile, despite the terrible experience you have had just before Christmas. xx

To make up for it I thought – given the time of year – I should re-write the lyrics to a few favorite Christmas songs which I think count as (basic) poetry and can be sung to these popular tunes. Having got started on these three I was longing to keep going, and I have to say I love writing funny poetry, but I stopped at this selection…  [Read more…]

“I’m a business writer and business writing trainer. Questions, kids?”

OK, that’s what I am … but who understands what it means, especially when you’re a teenager?

Recently I have been doing some (voluntary) work here in Milton Keynes, England, helping secondary/high school kids learn more about the realpolitik  of the business world. We’re very lucky to have two organisations running schemes where business people go into these schools and talk to students: one is ProActive Education, and the other is the charity Worktree.

Teaching high school students about business and business writing

Students need to know that no matter how boring it may seem, correct grammar/spelling/punctuation in job applications and CVs/résumés can make the difference between getting a job … and not getting it.

So what exactly does this entail, and how much do these teenagers know – if anything – about the importance that business writing will have in their future careers? [Read more…]

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