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Top 4 Painstakingly SIMPLE Time Management Tips for Musicians

Depending on your musical poison of choice, your family can be competing with the time you need to practice, play gigs, song write, sing in a choir, direct a music ensemble, teach music, or even schmooze with other musicians.

Music Pro Tip 1: Be realistic
Sure, you might want to play drums in the punk band, direct the church choir, AND give private music lessons, but you also have a spouse and three kids that need you. If you have a spouse that is helpful or you can afford quality sitters to watch your children and clean your home, then by all means, take on two dozen gigs, write the next Pulitzer-prize winning symphony, and go on a whirlwind solo tour of Europe.
For the rest of us who have limited means (and time), limiting the number of commitments you have will ensure that the time you spend with your family and music is quality time not hampered by the hectic.

Music ProTip 2:Balance
You cannot take care of your family and be a good musician if you cannot take care of yourself.…

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Top 5 Crazy Easy Tips for Making Time for Your Music, Art, Film, and Writing

I'm always asked, "How do you do so much?" 

Of course, my first answer is that I'm an insomniac, but seriously, being able to accomplish my goals can be daunting. Right now I am finishing my second sci-fi novel, am in preproduction for a video game opera, am working on a short animated film, all while homeschooling our young daughter, teaching online humanities courses, and freelancing. I'm in a film club, writer's club, and am active in our church. And yeah, I manage a social life, or as much as one any parent can muster.

So how do I do it? Here are my Top 5 Crazy Easy Tips for Making Time for Your Music, Art, Film, and Writing

1. Avoid Screentime
Seriously, you need to do this. What's more important? Binging on Netflix or banging out the next set of lyrics for your song? The average American watches 4-6 hours of TV a day. That's almost a full-time job...just watching TV (not to mention Facebook, Tweeting, surfing Youtube). So the TV at our house is off …

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Female:Pressure Rojava Solidarity Campaign and the Question of the Role of the Artist in the World

Female:pressure, an international enclave of female electronica artist,  has launched an awareness and solidarity campaign for the cantons of #Rojava (located in northern Syria), where women participate on all levels of decision making and building a new society from scratch, with built-in social, racial and ethnic justice, religious freedom, ecological principles and gender equality.

Yet, even as members of female:pressure discussed how they as artists flung far across the globe could do more to help the Kurdish community of women, disheartening news of invasion and death brought about a discussion on the role of the artist in world events. After all, how could a simple soundcloud page with songs written by women who are not of the Rojava community enact real change when a global political tsunami hits? 

And that is probably one of the greatest questions of the artist today. In a world where tweets matter more than action, the media glorifying hatred and sensationalism and celebrity ov…

#UnFollowHate - A PSA for Your Sanity, Save a Friendship and Stop Facebo...

Today you have a choice. You can be bombarded by anger on Facebook and social media or you can choose to live your life without hate speech.

How can you do this?

We all have them on our Facebook, Twitter, and social media feeds. Friends, groups, and politicians posting angry memes and hate speech each day. But you don't have to listen to this anymore.

All you have to do is UNFOLLOW.

We don't want to lose our friends over differences. Then we'd just be lemmings, or clones. And who wants to be a lemming? Not me.

But we can choose to UnfollowHate speech today.

So next time a friend or politician or group posts up something that you know is hateful and untrue, go to their page and UNfollow them. This way you can save your friendship and stop the abuse.

Because you have better things to do with your time than be a part of the hate.


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