. Be True to Yourself- Ask yourself questions like “What type of Artist do I want to be?” Align your beliefs and values with your vision and actions. Live as www.lifeofanartist.nl though the world is always watching. If you have nothing to hide – you have nothing to fear. as Kurt Cobain said, “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” This gives you the credibility of authentic and is manifested in the actions you promise AND deliver. Do what you say you’ll do – fulfill promises. When people observe what you do and know who you really are, they’ll be able to tell if you’re an honourable and trusted Artist who deserves their respect or a self-serving one who doesn’t. This will energize your fans and motivate them to follow your vision. If no one believes in you or cares about what you say, your career is dead in the water. Work hard to maintain your credibility while you develop a great reputation. Be kind, courteous, and respectful to everyone.
8. Cooperate with Others- An Artist does not and cannot work in a vacuum. Everything you accomplish is associated with other people in some way. Do not be a diva – build and work with a team. Your ability to meet and select key people to work with is essential. Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves. You need to ensure that all parts of your team work together in harmony to achieve the results you desire.
9. Monitor and Review Your Progress- Not only do you need to perform and get results, you need to measure and evaluate your progress as you work on your plan. Find a way to track your progress that makes sense to you, but don’t micromanage your work. Periodically ask yourself “What did I do right?” or “What would I do differently?” Look for the good and the bad so you can adjust your approach. It’s best if you set up a regular schedule to check your progress. One thing I find that works well is working on the plan daily but checking progress weekly.
10. Simplify Your Life- Your plans need to be easily understood so that they can be easily executed. You must put high value on simplicity in order to achieve it. You need to be able to cut through arguments, debates, and doubts and get to solutions that anyone and everyone can easily understand.