Singer-songwriter Tom Meny knows a thing or two about dealing with rejection and staying creative. In this repeat engagement, Tom and I chat about what to do when faced with rejection, his new podcast, and more.
In Tom’s previous appearance on the podcast, we talked at length about house concerts. This time around our conversation continues with Tom’s thoughts on:
- His forthcoming podcast
- Dealing with rejection as a musician
- On quitting your day job versus paying your bills
- Idea generation through writing a song every week
- Low-tech ideas for growing your mailing list
- Increasing your tips at live events
3 Key Points
- Rejection is part of the process. It’s okay to grieve, but keep going.
- Finish the bad songs; they are a bridge to the great ones.
- Learn to employ low-tech creative ways to grow your audience, your mailing list, and your revenue.
- “When you’re getting a rejection, it is okay to grieve about it for a while. There’s no way to get past that, but just know that others are also experiencing it, and eventually you get something great.” –Tom Meny
- “You write a hundred songs and four of them might be great. And so, you need to write another hundred to get another four, and that’s the way it works. It’s like going to the gym for the part of your brain that creates songs.” –Tom Meny
Mentioned in this Episode
- Tom Meny Music
- Singer Songwriter with Tom Meny podcast coming July 2019
- Love and Pay by Tom Meny (“Hours” is the featured song in this episode)
- Art List – Licensed music for video use (annual fee!)
- Bill Burr Podcast
- Conan podcast
- The Best Advice Cyndi Lauper Ever Got (video)
- RodeCaster Pro
- Unstarving Musician Patreon page
- Shannon Curtis episode that talks about being consistent with writing
- Texas American Festival and Concert
- Episode 65 – Creating Music to Discover Who He Is – Chris Taylor
- Episode 97 – Secrets of Creativity–Chris Taylor
- Episode 52 – Why musician Ray Prim has a day job, and loves it!
- Episode 54 – House Concert Ambassador Tom Meny
- Episode 76 – House Concert Tours & Community – Shannon Curtis
- The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs, by Robonzo
- BandZoogle – The all-in-one platform that makes it easy to build a beautiful website for your music
- The Musician’s Profit Path: The 5-Stage Blueprint To Create Massive Growth In Your Fan Base and Sustainable Income For Your Music Career, by Bree Noble
- No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour, by Shannon Curtis
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