Apologies to anyone who took offence to the heading of my last blog “You’re Crap!”. It wasn’t a personal attack, but an opportunity to trigger some reactions which I hoped would help you to see how you may react to other people’s opinions. From the emails I received – it worked!
And whilst I got a few angry emails, at the same time, many buskers who read it, contacted me to let me know just how beneficial my rant was. Some of them captured their sentiments in the comments section under the blog…. check them out – their words may help bring this message home.
I found it interesting seeing how many people reacted in a negative way – which gave me more ammo for this blog. Of course, I can have a chuckle about it now, but once upon a time, I was just the same!
So how do you ignore all the negative shite? Looking back, what I needed to do was let it go – instead of hanging on to other people’s words and letting their opinions slow me down. So how do you let go when someone calls you ‘crap’ or throws some negative opinion at you? It can take time to find your own personal solution to this, but I find that the best way of letting go is to take every criticism as ‘constructive’. I’ve taught myself to accept that it is only an opinion based on their own set of circumstances which could be very different to the next person who walks on by. I learn from it and move on as quick as possible.
When I was told “you’re crap” by my (ex) girlfriend many years ago, even though I was gutted by her comments, it made me more determined to prove her wrong. Thankfully I did exactly that and now I can say I’m grateful for her honesty. Believe it or not, she’s a big fan now!
The tip that I wanted to emphasise here is – no matter what you do out on the street, or even on stage – let go of any negative comments – make it a personal goal not to react. Another thing that helped me – is reminding myself that I can never make EVERYONE happy – as the saying goes… You can never make all of the people happy, all of the time - so I keep my focus on the ones who enjoy what I do and quickly forget about the ones who bitch, whinge and complain.
Once I mastered this – and it took a while – I really started to soar. Pushing through those obstacles has brought me to a point where just about to launch my first solo album in a very different, quite rebellious way. If I had listened to the opinions of others, I would have simply organised a well promoted gig in the city and maybe sold a couple of hundred cd’s on the night. But I just can’t help myself…
I believe that worldwide success is possible – independently and I’m going to have a go at proving that anyone is capable of doing it – even a busker! I want to show other unsigned artists that the big agents, managers, publishers, record companies don’t have to hold the key to your success.
It’s been a long journey for me to reach this mindset – this self belief – but I’m happy I’ve persisted because I’m now at a point in my career where my CD is in the hands of Billboard magazine, a few of the songs have been posted on the New York Times website and tomorrow I’ll be launching my album all over the world – not just at the nearest city venue. There’s no turning back now, but I tell ya, I wish someone had told me this stuff when I first started… I can safely say that things would have happened a hellova lot sooner.
So before I sign off, I should let you in on the big rebellion album launch. And why not, I don’t have a record company doing it for me – this is something I need to promote myself and I’ve made sure that everyone who gets involved wins!
I’ve talked to a bunch of great people and have put together a free gift package valued at over $5000 for everyone who buys an album.
I’ve also added in a great prize valued at $21,000
So the aim of my game from midnight Wednesday 19th May thru to midnight Thursday 20th May – is to get a quick sharp spike in album sales which will help it shoot up the Amazon and Billboard charts. This is no mean feat for an unsigned, independent Aussie artist, with sporadic radio play who is only playing occasional live stage shows.
Here’s how the Only Australian Music website put it,
You can visit my website where you can see the full story
Remember this online album launch runs from midnight Wed (tomorrow) through to midnight Thursday.
If you want to help spread the word about this great win-win opportunity and help make history for a fellow busker whose more than happy to show you how to do the same, then please direct your friends to this link – www.johnniemac.com/album-launch
Until next time
Here’s to constructive criticism!
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