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Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.
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Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

Nov 12, 2017
What you'll hear:
 
 - A conversation about completing a classical music career with a hat tip to Zeneba Bowers ("I'm planning on going out like Seinfeld, not like Happy Days")

- Why you must CREATE discomfort...before it shows up at at time you least expect it (and don't want it)

- What the ACTUAL "worst" time really is to make a change in your life (you'll recognize this)

- The real purpose of Crushing Classical and specifically the podcast interviews as it relates to your career journey

...and much more
 
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Nov 9, 2017

What you'll hear:

- How a precarious orchestral employment situation triggered the birth of a passion filled income producing side hustle

 

- Why classical musicians would be wise to draw inspiration from areas OUTSIDE music

 

- How a massive rejection by a publisher turned into the greatest opportunity imaginable...and how to turn misfortune into your greatest blessing

- The best way to avoid burnout in the the repetitive and competitive field of classical music

 

- Why being willing to get rejected is critically important in this field

 

...and much more

For more information about Little Roads, check them out here:

https://www.littleroadseurope.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LittleRoadsEurope/ 

And a link to their books on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Zeneba-Bowers/e/B00O68EB8E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1510195636&sr=8-1 

 
I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
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Nov 5, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The "truths" classical musicians live by that cut off possibility

- The ONLY reason why a non-music employer can't see your value

- What sells you and your value BETTER than a resume

- A frank conversation about every classical musician's dream...a $150K salary

- A fun little $150K game to expand your mind and imagination :)

...and much more

 

Join the Crushing Classical 7 Day Starting Line Challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crushingclassicalstartingline/

Starts MONDAY 11/6!

Also... here's the link to join the Classical Cats group on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crushingclassical/

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
Order now and use the discount code CRUSH to get 10% off your order!
Oct 29, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The what, how and why of "rules" and their impact on the classical world

- How the Permission Triangle stops you from pursuing "Plan A"

- The #1 reason why a unique career is actually EASIER to pursue than a job

- Why you (and anyone) can be a public figure TODAY

...and much more

Join the Crushing Classical Starting Line Challenge and explore what a unique career can look like for you. Whether you've started something already or you're not sure what to do, this is the place to start. The Challenge starts November 6th. Click the link to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crushingclassicalstartingline/

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
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Oct 26, 2017

What you'll hear:

 

- How to determine content design when creating a course, program, workshop or retreat

 

- The exact question to ask yourself in order to know who is the "right" customer for whatever you are creating

 

- Why your resume is the LAST thing you should rely on when trying to sell something (hint: there's something else people respond to much more readily)

 

- A detailed walkthrough for how to conduct a sales conversation by phone (if you get nothing else from this conversation...this is GOLD)

 

- How to construct a game that is tied to a specific result you want to achieve

 

...and much more

 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
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Oct 22, 2017

What you'll hear:

- Invitation to join the upcoming 7-Day Starting Line Challenge on 11/6/17

- A recap of our most recent 30 day challenge and what we walked away with

- The real reason we continue doing challenges (and an invitation for you to join us in them)

- A conversation about purpose vs. goals and why it matters


...and more

 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
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Oct 19, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The #1 reason why people buy from you (for anyone who has ever considered selling a course, program, retreat, etc.)
- The difference between marketing and selling a “hard topic” vs. a “soft topic” and why it matters

- Why all the people who sell vague terminology like “success” are totally missing the mark

- Why waiting until your thing is “perfect” before launching is a mistake...and what to have your eye on instead
- The #1 thing your program or course must deliver on (it’s not what you think)

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
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Oct 15, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The greatest misunderstanding that exists concerning life insurance and how it tangibly impacts you (and your family if you have one)

- Why how you THINK about money is infinitely more important than any financial vehicle you buy into

- The top 4 things you should address in your will (yes, you need one and here's why)

- Why being debt free and living on a cash basis should NOT be your ultimate goal (despite all you've heard, read and believe)

...and much more

 

For more information and to work with Mike Beausay, you can email him at Mike@beausayfinancial.com

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical.

Use the code CRUSH and receive 10% off your order NOW!

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Oct 8, 2017

What you'll hear:

- How to initially assess a unique career idea to determine if it's likely to "work"

- The #1 thing you need to START doing if you truly want to evolve both classical music AND your career

- Why moving classical music into a different venue (i.e. a bar or club) is backwards thinking

- The biggest thing standing in the way of the evolution of classical music (hint: it's not the music

...and much more

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
Order now and use the discount code CRUSH to get 10% off your order!

 

 

Oct 5, 2017

What you'll hear:

  • Why your obsession with what you want to be “known as” in the world is actually a purpose killer AND a career killer
  • What kinds of social media posts make you instantly valuable to your audience
  • How to state your opinion and take a position publicly without starting a conflict or a fight with the audience
  • A behind-the-scenes discussion about planning out your social media to hit the audience you’re intending

 

...and much more

 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/
Order now and use the discount code CRUSH to get 10% off your order!
Oct 1, 2017

What you'll hear:

- A simple method to gauge whether or not a decision you're about to make is right for you

- How to exit a situation gracefully, ease the burden of guilt and leave your reputation intact

- What is actually MORE important than other people's opinions of you (this will likely surprise you)

- The thing you need to stop doing if you truly want to get in tune with what you KNOW

...and much more

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. For high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Just for Crushing Classical listeners, use the code CRUSH for 10% off your order!

Sep 28, 2017

What you'll hear:

  • A simple and practical method for furthering a particular point of view you have as a classical musician...without ruining your reputation in the process

  • The real reason why selfies and instrument practice videos aren’t pulling an audience in your direction...and what you should be publishing instead
  • What your audience is TRULY interested in when they find you for the first time (and every day thereafter)

 

  • A straightforward method for establishing what kinds of content to post on social media (everyone is asking us about this)

...and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical podcast. For high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Order now and use the code CRUSH to get 10% off your order!

Sep 24, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The critical shift you have to make in your mind to begin building an audience...and why it matters even if you have a symphony job right now

- The surefire solution for generating both ideas and content that works for ANYONE who wasn't blessed with the creativity gene (some of us simply aren't...Eileen included)

- Why asking all your friends to like and follow your artist/band/business social media accounts is among the worst ideas you've ever had

- Two totally unorthodox (yet truthful) characterizations of Instagram and Facebook as promotion platforms that are sure to shift how you relate to them (and promote on them) moving forward

- The #1 reason why you struggle to come up with new ideas for promoting yourself and your work and how to solve it TODAY

...and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. For high quality sheet music at great prices, look no further than Ficks Music! 

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Just for Crushing Classical listeners, use the code CRUSH for 10% off your order.

Sep 21, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The biggest consequence of having classical music's main role models come from the top 5 orchestras...and the effect it's having on your career

 

- Why "do what you love and it will never feel like work" is a myth...and how it applies to classical musicians

 

- The deep rooted conversation that begins with "I'm not a REAL musician unless..." and how to begin dismantling your one dimensional view and approach

 

- How to stop waiting by the phone for your career to call (hint: it's not gonna) and begin moving in a direction that excites you

 

...and much more

 

Mentioned on the podcast:

Project 440:

http://project440.org/

All City Orchestra program in Philadelphia:

http://allcityphiladelphia.org/

Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival

http://www.pikesfallschambermusicfestival.com/

Inscape New Music Ensemble

http://www.inscape.org/

Yo-Yo Ma: Art For Life's Sake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJSoEewfvYM

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. For high quality sheet music at affordable prices, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Just for Crushing Classical listeners, use the code CRUSH to receive 10% off your order

Sep 17, 2017

What you'll hear:

- The #1 thing preventing you from being SEEN by your intended audience

- Where and how to start if you don't know what you want to create

- The very first step to "standing out"

- Where "what's next for you" is ACTUALLY found

...and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Order now and use the code CRUSH to get 10% off your order

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

 

Sep 10, 2017

 What you'll hear:

- Why this is the last 100 day challenge either one of us will be doing (and what we're doing instead)

- The clarity we got by Day 12 that had us both discontinue our public figure pages (and what happened as a result)

- How repeated misses and failures over this period of time helped us embrace the act of making mistakes (rather than avoiding them entirely)

- The unexpected and unplanned surprises that were a direct result of simply being *consistent* for 100 days

...and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Get 10% off your order now, use the discount code CRUSH

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

 

Sep 7, 2017

What you'll hear:

- How speaking his mind led to a gig following and observing Georg Solti around Europe

- The real world impact of striving for perfection (and what the real goal should be)

- How to determine who the "best" people are for YOU personally to stay connected with to help build your career

- Why you should be observing "the greats" in your field (and the surprising career side benefits)

 

...and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Use the code CRUSH to receive 10% off your order.

Mentioned in the interview:

About David's orchestra:

https://youtu.be/GrX2fP_qjlc

Nicolas Harnoncourt videos:

Mozart, with LangLang:
http://www.dw.com/en/mission-mozart-lang-lang-nikolaus-harnoncourt/av-18183984
 
Beethoven:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9Mrk62TyI4
 
Haydn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf86daFyk9g

 

Sep 3, 2017

What you'll hear today:

- The difference between "having" debt and "being in" debt (one of these two actually BENEFITS you)

- Why paying off your home quickly is one of the worst things you can do (this will turn your head upside down)

- The 4 rules of the financial institutions that are actually RULING your financial life (and how to take back control of it)

- How to begin applying the same principles banks use (that makes them rich) to your own financial life so you can benefit the same way they do

...and much more

For more information and to work with Mike Beausay, you can email him at Mike@beausayfinancial.com 

 

If you're not signed up yet and you know you want a UNIQUE classical music career by your own design, sign up for our upcoming 7 Day Challenge! It's FREE to join and it starts TUESDAY September 5th!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crushingclassicalstartingline/

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical.

Use the code CRUSH and receive 10% off your order NOW!

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

 

Aug 31, 2017

What you'll hear:

- Why the very BEST time to introduce your idea/project/movement to the world is when it's BRAND NEW (and you don't know what you're doing yet)

 

- How and why being the HUB of where the conversation is happening is one of the smartest things you can do (and how to go about it)

 

- Why having pre-determined "content" is no longer necessary...and what to share instead

 

- The very BEST way for your audience to find you (this will excite and scare you all at once)

 

...and much more

 

Join the Crushing Classical 7 Day Starting Line Challenge!

Click here to find out more: http://bit.ly/2iJQHqz

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Use the code CRUSH to receive 10% off your order now!

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

 

 

Aug 27, 2017

During this episode, you will learn:

- Why making yourself happy FIRST should be your #1 goal every day

- Why you should say NO twice as much as you say yes...and how to know when to say yes

- How your obsession with accommodating others is actually an obstacle to reaching your goals

- Why ALL conventional wisdom is complete nonsense (i.e. "go the the gym first thing in the morning")

- and much more

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. For high quality sheet music, order from https://www.ficksmusic.com/ 

Use the code CRUSH for 10% off your order

Aug 24, 2017

On this episode, you will learn:

 

  • The multiple ways you are likely "winging it" in your approach to music making (and the impact it's having on your results AND your career)

  • Why undergraduate music majors who desire a unique career should strongly consider pursuing a different type of music degree (this will surprise you)

  • How to prepare *completely* as a conductor before rehearsal (and why you should never "run a piece down" with an orchestra out of the gate)

  • The very BEST way to correct mistakes that empowers and enables those around you

  • The #1 concept almost no one employs in lessons, rehearsals and performances...that comes directly from your own LIFE

...and much more

 

If you have any questions for Cliff Colnot, you can email him directly at cliffccm@aol.com

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Order NOW using the code CRUSH and receive 10% off your order.

https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Aug 20, 2017

On this episode, you will learn:


- The #1 thing that is *continuously* in the way of all the things you truly want to accomplish (and it's not going away until you confront it)

- Why food/eating is such a huge deal as you are pursuing your goals (no, this isn't a diet lesson)

- The true source of stress, overwhelm and confusion (and how you can eliminate it right now)

- How and where to use visual cues so you know for SURE if you are *actually* on a track toward pursuing your goals and dreams (this is simple and effective and you can start immediately)

...and much more
Aug 13, 2017

What you'll hear:

 

- How a single text message sent the two of us into a tailspin...and what we took away from it (we filet ourselves just for you)

 

- Why we strongly resist being labeled, defined or shoved into a box here at Crushing Classical (and why you should too)

 

- Why Tracy hasn't published a book yet despite her promise to do so back in January (if you've ever made a public promise and failed, you will appreciate this)
- The #1 thing you can do to help others who are doing great work that is directly impacting your life (and it helps you right back)

 

...and more obviously. Because there's always more.


This was a tough Fireside Chat for us. We debated about doing it at all. We're human. We struggle. That's what this conversation reveals.

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Order now and receive 10% off your order with the code CRUSH:

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Aug 10, 2017

Here is what you’ll learn:

 

The #1 thing you keep hoping for that literally STOPS the possibility of building a career you truly want (Hint: it isn’t fear)

 

Why starting an ensemble while you’re still in school is actually smart...and the many advantages you’ll have if you do

 

The incredible importance of ditching the “volunteer” and “do it for free” mindset as quickly as possible...and how to make that shift for yourself

 

Why it’s critical to create a MUCH larger vision for an ensemble other than “playing gigs and making money”

 

...and much more

 

http://www.kineticensemble.org/

https://www.facebook.com/kinetictheensemble/

 

Thank you to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical

When you need high quality sheet music, look no further than https://www.ficksmusic.com/

Use the code CRUSH to receive 10% off your order

Aug 6, 2017

What you'll hear on today's show:

- The biggest reason why you haven't yet achieved that thing you say you want MOST

- The BEST thing to do any time you experience setbacks on your journey (this can actually help turn things around for you)

- Why you should consider keeping your biggest goals and intentions mostly to yourself

- The ONLY reason why failure is such a problem for human beings...and how to immediately reframe it for yourself

- How to engineer ENJOYMENT from the (often) painful and unpredictable process of pursuing and achieving a goal

...and much more

 

Thanks to Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. Order now and get 10% off your order. Use the code CRUSH

https://www.ficksmusic.com/ 

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