The Little Known Reason There Isn’t A Famous “One Man Band”: And How It Can Teach You To Dial Up Your Output

What was the last one man band you heard of?

How famous were they?

Did they ever get a record deal?

Did they “make it,” by their definition?

Chances are you know about one or two people who play at local venues or cafes and consider themselves a “one man band,” playing drums, cymbals, harmonica, and guitar.

Maybe it doesn’t sound like all that much at first, but consider this:

This is the same person who books the gig, sets up the electronics, and pays taxes on earnings. 

This is the same person who has to write songs or transpose others into their unique format. 

This is the same person who has to respond to fan emails, create album art, and ship cd’s to customers. 

This is the same person fielding complaints and dealing with shipping errors, booking cancellations, and venues not paying on time.

You see my point?

Define success however you’d like, but I’d bet you any of these people wouldn’t say “no” to large scale popularity. 

What I mean is: this person wants person wants more people to hear and appreciate the musical output. 

Yet, by doing all of this alone, growth and impact are limited. 

2 Minute Action:

This is the part where the excuses appear (when it gets hard).

“Well, Chris, I don’t have the resources to pay for someone to help me.”

What if it was your mom?

What if it was your brother?

What if it was your biggest fan, who believes in you?

What if it was a music performance student who needs internship credits?

Getting around the excuse is called “making it happen,” and that’s totally up to you. 

Today, it will only take you about 2 minutes to think of an area where you’re holding yourself back. 

How much of the work are you doing?

What could you offload?

Pick one person who might be interested or available in helping (in some very small and specific way—at first).

Reach out. 

The height of the ceiling is more in your control than you think. 

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