Who Inspires The Influencers?

A funny detail that some forget is that whenever you see a public person there are usually other people who are part of the package as well.

A professional artist or musician doesn’t just materialise out of thin air without inspiration or guidance.

Likewise an online influencer who is pushing some sort of product is probably doing so due to brand deals, endorsement deals or could be creating positive, un-paid for propaganda content in the hopes of landing a sponsorship deal.

There is always more than what meets the eye.

My reason for writing this tonight is that I’m currently compiling a couple of new blog books. The entries have been published on the internet anyway so I see no wrong in transforming them into books and putting them up for sale. In fact that will probably look way more orderly, especially with explanatory introductions, etc;

I have already one blog book under my belt with entries written in 2015 & 2016, and there is way more to come.

By simply looking at my fist year of keeping a blog there are four categories that present themselves:

  1. Super fun entries about what I do professionally together with my mom/manager covering: award shows, travelling, lesson learnt as a musician and career highlights.
  2. The everyday toil of being a creative, independent musician with all its ups and downs
  3. Well written (or ok written) opinion pieces, thought experiments and book reviews. Inspired by current events, history, life, and topics discussed within the home.
  4. Filler content or what would become outtakes when compiling a book.

It is a good idea to get some sort of an overview as a blogger. In total I’ve written over 624 WordPress entries, a great deal of them with a 10k + word count, some have been deleted since I thought of them as silly or pointless. In addition to that I write by hand all of the time + that I’m a songwriter and constantly find myself in a creative process.

I’m currently playing with the idea of shutting down my blog next year or at least radically change it, since I have other things that I would like to prioritize time wise. This has been my hobby ever since 2015 and I’m not quite sure which label would be the most accurate one: habit or “online addiction.”

My first brush with opinion pieces was back when I was 17 years old and had to have a guitar break. My most productive blog year was 2017 when I was ill and down for the count. So I always turn to writing if I’m not doing well health wise + that it is a very accessible medium since no recording studio or art supplies are needed.

I’ve run a bit out of steam this year when it comes to “The Daily Walk” which I also did at the age of 18 when I was co-running a political zine. At a certain point I just flagged out and didn’t follow the news for 7-8 years.

Being a creative artist is a bit more fulfilling and interesting to me than commenting on destructive people starting wars and ruining the planet.

I will organise everything that I’ve written here on WordPress so far and then I’ll see where I’ll go from there. Whenever I start a chapter I also enjoy concluding it.

I’m a bit more excited by the idea of making more picture books for children & a new illustrated lyric book for my latest album! That will mean more art & less words!

IMG_4591IMG_6035IMG_6040IMG_6042IMG_6047IMG_6049IMG_6036

11 Ways To Improve Your Skin.

At the beginning of the year I announced that I would probably be moving in a different direction here on my blog in order to cater to the popularity of self-help articles and skin-care related entries here on my site.

As it turns out it was easier said than done.

I only use make-up whenever I’m shooting videos, performing or creating content. In fact I let my skin rest most of the time because I’ve had this theory that that is better long-term. Whenever I leave the house to take care of an errand I’ll normally just put on some foundation, so I always end up with a very natural look.

During a podcast I listened to yesterday it was said that the average woman leaves her house with a 120 chemicals on her body! The greatest offender is apparently perfume since this can cause headaches, etc;

After listening to this very girly conversation I understood why my Skin Care. Red Flag Alert. is so very popular. Women are waking up to a cleaner lifestyle and are not interested in being poisoned long-term by the beauty products that they use!

It was an interesting episode which reminded me of the moment that my song “Toxic” came to me. Originally it was inspired by beauty products but I changed the topic since I didn’t think that it was very “rock’n’roll.”

As more and more women are becoming sceptical of what they put on their skin (which I also read in an article a while back), then maybe my 11 “beauty tips” below will become increasingly relevant.

My tips would be:

  1. Avoid prescription drugs unless you cannot.
  2. Don’t use make-up regularly.
  3. Don’t drink alcohol regularly.
  4. Don’t smoke.
  5. Don’t do drugs.
  6. Try to get hold of good quality food.
  7. Don’t eat ready meals.
  8. Only use what you have to use in terms of beauty products.
  9. Try to establish a routine of doing a face-massage. You can do this yourself. There are plenty of good tutorials on YouTube. Just go on there and do a quick search!
  10. Try to avoid what makes you emotionally upset.
  11. Create. If you are not artistic then I would recommend buying a colouring book or puzzles, anything that can get your mind off your troubles and the problems of the world. Journaling is something that is commonly recommended in wellness articles.

Another obvious advice would be to go to bed early, but I’m not very good at this!

In terms of self-help I hope that my upcoming faith-journey videos will help people find happiness. The other day I was listening to a guy who proclaimed that “pain was good for business.” Why? Because you can then offer people a solution to their suffering and make a profit.

What if you could get hold of a solution that was free of charge?

Stay tuned – my faith journey videos will be released soon!

In the meantime: take care!

Lots of love! ❤

WordPress Problems…

So I have this re-occurring problem here on WordPress where I sometimes cannot access the “new editor” since I only get up a white page with the WordPress logo.

The upside is that you can still edit inside the “old editor,” the downside is that if you want to contact tech-support you will be directed to the blank page in the “new editor” … which means that tech-support is useless unless you can access the “new editor.”

The same thing goes for the management of your payments. If you fear that you are having problems since your payment is due you cannot even check your status or payment plan since this will also direct you to the “new editor.”

Tech-support on WordPress is stellar and instant whenever you need it, or it is, if everything is up and running and working.

I’ve figured out that everything is operational when I’m using a different browser, so if you are experiencing the same you know what to do!

Screenshot 2019-03-04 at 10.39.05 1

 

 

Having A Consistent Schedule For Your Posts.

Hi there to everyone and anyone who reads my blog “The Daily Walk.”

This is an announcement that I’ll try something new:

  1. I will now try to publish entries at the same time every single day or every other day in order to have a consistent and predictable blog-schedule. This is recommended everywhere when it comes to uploading content, so I’ll try to be more predictable since most people enjoy routines. My current bet is that it will be smart for me to share blog entries at around 01:00 AM my time, so you can expect an entry from me at: 01:11 every night. It could be that I’m wrong it could be that I’m right, but I will now try one week of scheduled posts with all of them being published at the same hour. That will take away some of the spontaneity, but it might prove to be a success!
  2. Some of my entries will from now on be “spoken entries.” This is an extremely convenient way for me to create blog-content, it’s quick and easy and will diversify my blog! I don’t know what people thought about my two previous entries that were both spoken, but they did attract a lot of traffic to my site, so I take that as a good sign.

Thanks a lot for being a reader of my blog! Keep in mind that this is an “organic-blog” where my entries are updated and eventually turned to private after a couple of years. If you enjoy my blog and my writing then make sure that you check out my first blog-book: Thoughts.

My 2nd blog-book will be released this year as I’ve previously mentioned.

Finally some sponsored YouTube content! Find out how you can do the same!

So this morning I woke up to the beautiful sight of my account looking like this:

sponsorship notification

This is how it looks like when you have made an approved sponsored video! It will show up in your content section and automatically become part of your “commercial-cv.”

If you want to know more about the site and my experience so far then make sure that you join my LIVE stream on Patreon for only 1$ on the 28th this month! I do minimum two update videos every month and have turned these into live streams in 2019 which means that not only will you get all sorts of tips and advice relevant to being an indie-musician you can also ask me questions and interact with me!

Obviously I’m very excited about my first sponsored content and I hope that I will get hired to make many more videos in the future! I’ve only contacted brands that are related to interests that I’ve expressed on my social media, which is an important detail when it comes to sponsored content! You have to aim for products that genuinely interests you or that you think that your fans/followers will have an interest in!

Whenever you create a video that features sponsored content you are obliged by law to notify the viewer, which means that none of the videos that I’ve made in the past for brands were sponsored! The standard for a video with 100.000 views on YouTube is 10.000$ for a featured product. That’s quite something to find out, especially when you are creating content that is in perpetuity, which obviously is the case whenever an artist makes a music video!

I wish that there was an organisation for independent musicians that could notify creatives of these things! As it is you just have to find out things on your own which means that you’ll miss out on financial opportunities!

The secretive nature of musicians also makes it difficult to “unionise” if you get what I’m trying to say. When I was offered to do my very 1st clinic some years back I tried to shop around and ask musicians who only do clinics what an average rate might be. Nobody wanted to help me with this so I was never able to figure out what a standard industry rate might look like. Likewise; when I was ill and injured I couldn’t find any averages for injuries or an estimated retirement age which meant that I had to resort to online forums which is not representative due to limited sample sizes! 

The music industry is so murky that it leaves a lot of people fumbling in the darkness when it comes to: technique, health & money! 

I think most aspiring musicians will have come across people who play amazing licks and runs only to receive a note with a scale written on it if asking about said lick!

I took lessons with a very difficult (but well-respected) guitar teacher some years back who waited until my hand was hurting so much that I had to take a break before he shared health-related knowledge with me. He literally waited until I could have gotten injured. That is not acceptable tutoring. Nor is it acceptable to shower students in sarcasm which I guess is common with miserable musicians. Envy is apparently rampant in this business which is not a good thing.

The secrecy that guitar players shroud themselves in is ridiculous as well since it only makes it harder for musicians as a demographic. The general atomised culture makes it easier to take advantage of performers or creative artists in show biz!

If you are looking for a mentor or a teacher who doesn’t hold anything back then you should get in touch with me! Not only do I customise my music lessons to fit whatever individual needs, I also share my knowledge. Obviously I don’t do this for free! In order to have a one-hour customised private lesson with me over SKYPE or in person you’ll have to pay 30GBP, I will also expect that I’m mentioned or thanked if I aid you when it comes to your recordings, etc; It is a bit silly to seek out expertise only to pretend that you came up with everything on your own afterwards!

I always give credit to Ramon Ortiz even though I didn’t take that many lessons with him, because he had a great influence on my heavy metal guitar playing. I also mention Steve Smyth even though I only had one masterclass with him. He is a great teacher and if anything, he  boosted my confidence as a player before I recorded my Evolution EP!

And of course I always thank my mother Elisabeth who taught me how to sing opera by using the bel canto technique, not to forget that she is also my manager!

Letting people know that you appreciate their help and support by giving them credit or by officially thanking them should become more commonplace in showbiz!

There is always a generation of musicians coming after you and it is the duty of those who are more experienced to pass their knowledge on, especially if you know how to sing or play classical music.

This is part of our irreplaceable European heritage and it can never be allowed to get lost!

My 1st SPONSORED YouTube Video Is Here!

In this video I launch my MERCH STORE & also show other UK based content creators how easy it is to set up a Merch Store with Teespring & Youtube Merch Shelf!

Please check it out & share – & remember to go to MY NEW STORE to get your affordable Commander-In-Chief Merch! Never before has it been this easy to get hold of a Commander-In-Chief t-shirt! Run & buy! 😀 It looks really cool!