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Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 12 comments

Music Business: Goals For December 2013

 

Every month I layout my business goals for the month. This is not for bragging rights, it’s just a way to keep me moving forward and hold me accountable. Here the goals I have mapped out for December 2013.

Feel free to ask questions and leave comments in the comment section below the post.

1000 Tracks (Final Month)

This is the last month to get the rest of these tracks complete. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with the same formula this month. I might relax and do the bare minimum – just hit 1000 and leave it at that.

Am I slacking? Eh, yea maybe, but I hey, I think I’m entitled to it 🙂

 

Logic Pro X

I’m getting there, still lots to learn. I feel I’m becoming pretty fluent with the application. In fact, I’ll be making my last few tracks this month using nothing but Logic X.

I’m finally at a point where I can open logic and lay something down in 30 minutes. Might not be much to logic heads, but definitely a huge accomplishment for me because that’s the workflow I have with Reason. Open the program and Go!

 

Google+ Hangouts & Podcast

I’ve been having mixed feelings. I’m not sure if I should do a Podcast, Hangouts or both. I did some testing with a friend of mine, and I like what Google+ has to offer I just need to learn or test a few more things before I take the plunge.

As of right now I just use it for small group sessions I hold for my subscribers, but the goal is to host public meetings and hangouts in the near future. As far as the podcast goes. I’m looking for a good host and proper organization. I’m still recording sessions and hope to launch February 2014.

 

Sound Design Projects

Closed 2 deals on the 26th, and was contracted for another the exact same day. This new project will put me my comfort zone – subtractive synthesis. I can’t speak on much about the project or the company, but I’ll basically be creating patches for a few synth applications.

What’s cool about these projects is, not only do you get paid, but you also get to keep the applications. Well, most of the time you do. Some companies will confine you to a demo version, but most will give you all access.

 

Music Licensing 90 Day Challenge

Music placement updates – Oh my, do I have a lot to share. I’ve gotten a few emails asking about this challenge and placements I’ve landed. The updates are coming; I’ve just been a little busy with projects and what not. We’ll get back in the swing of things 1st week of December.

Ps – Follow the 90 Day Challenge here

 

MasterMind Meeting

This was not a good month for my master mind. I had a few issues with a relative and then Thanksgiving. So, we’re going to strive for a couple meetings in December.

I like masterminds, because it’s a good way to stay productive and it’s always nice to bounce ideas off someone and to have someone to rant with. Sure, you can rant to anyone, but it’s different when it’s with someone who’s in the same field.

 

What’s On Your Plate?

What do you have going on this month aside from Xmas and family?. Those along are a handful. Are you any closer to reaching your goals this month than you were last month?

Have you been able to meet your 2013 New Years Resolutions?

 

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  1. My goal is to start pursuing film/tv/gaming placements.

    • That’s a good goal to pursue 🙂

  2. Are you learning Logic Pro X because you intend to stop using Reason?

    • Hi Steve,

      I decided to go with Logic Pro x because reason doesn’t give me the option of composing to film/picture. I won’t stop using Reason, but I wont use it for projects where I need to work with film clips, hope that makes sense

      • It does, thanks. I’ll have to give Logic Pro X a try.

        • It’s a nice application. Any daw will allow you to work with picture/film (or it should). I chose Logic Pro X because of it’s price tag – $200, can’t beat that imo.

          • I just wish Apple offered a trial version of Logic Pro X. I have GarageBand so maybe working with video in that application is my next best option.

  3. My main goal is actually making some money…to that end, I’ve started doing freelance voiceover work, and am also looking for sound design / composition work as well. Seems like there’s a lot more opportunities for voiceovers, though, and not as much competition for the composition work. (At least, on the websites I’m using, anyway…)

    • Tim – what websites do you use for composition work? I have used elance.com from time to time but I have found that most music related jobs on that site tend not to be focused on composition but rather mobile application and/or website development. Some of the software engineering work I do in my day job is related to that, so they are gigs I could bid on, but I’d rather spend my time composing and producing.

      • I’ve been looking on Elance, as well as (mostly) Freelancer.com, and a little on Odesk. I notice the same as you – there’s not much composition work on there. If you know of others that might have more opportunity, I’m all ears.

    • Hi Tim,

      VO work is fun, I’ve done a little here and there, would like to do more of it. How do you plan to make money?

      • Just going to keep bidding on the projects that are posted on these freelance websites. Right now I’m working on a series of audio books about tennis. I really underbid for the amount of work it is, but I figure that’s ok for now since I need to establish my reputation.

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