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! ❤

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!

“Be Yourself” they said!!! :O

The number one advice spewed out into the social media world by successful “influencers” is: “Be Yourself!”

Just the other day I was looking for some information regarding music gear and stumbled upon a music vlog where the host was sitting bare-chested, clearly intoxicated, mumbling barely audible instructions into his microphone.

I’ve been in the receiving end of links to brand new YouTube channels featuring hosts doing everything in their power to come across as hyperactive, frantic and basically crazy.

Advising people to just be themselves makes it easier for smooth talking charlatans or brand aware entrepreneurs to gain even more ground while their potential competitors self-sabotage by simply “being themselves.”

Let’s take a look at the way that I’ve used Instagram in the past for an instance.

I did my first post on the social media site in 2014 after receiving my first smart phone.

What did I post? A photo of the Ancient Aliens box set I received for Christmas. Currently my like count on the picture stands at: 22

Now Instagram was never our number one marketing tool. I did not have much of a following on there, had other pages that were our main focus and was never consistently  active on the site.

Fast forward to 2019 and so far this year I’ve posted 51 posts with:

  • 38 of them falling into the “self-promotion“ category (since they are photos/videos of me),
  • 2 of the pictures are still of me but they are joke posts, (so that’s 40 out of 51 pictures being of me),
  • 3 are of fans (pictures sent to me from my followers posing with my CD)
  • 5 are of personal objects including artwork for sale and
  • 3 features written text (a giveaway instruction, a thank you flier and a screenshot of my Twitter)

Any picture of me whether professional or self-taken has over a 100 likes with many going into the 200 likes category etc;

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Thanks a lot to those of you who are following me here on #instagram 😘 The last few months I've been following everyone who follows me on here, today however I started unfollowing bands, musicians, etc; I'll keep following those of you who interact a lot with my content! Tomorrow at 8pm (UK time) I'm going #live on my @youtube so make sure that you join me if you want to hear some #music 😊 #musician #musicians #youtube #youtuber #femalesinger #artist #soloartist #guitar #vocals #piano #producer #singersongwriter #livemusic #originalmusic #songwriter #opera #operasinger #soprano #coloratura #shred #virtuoso #guitarist #guitarplayer #creative #artist #newmusic #newalbum #album

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Music posts with clips from my music videos + pictures of me = awesome.

Pictures of personal objects and/or text/quote posts = not so much.

Which is what I observed when going through my Instagram posts from previous years and why I made a conscious decision to change things.

The irony of course is that someone might look at all of this drawing the conclusion that this “commander-in-chief chick” must surely be a narcissist!

Several years ago I remember that a photo of me rehearsing with a bare belly was uploaded to Facebook and the reaction was of course very positive.

This was not done to fish for compliments or to boost a fragile ego, it was put out there to increase buzz and social media reach!

This is why online-profiling can be so very inaccurate, because what is more important to you? Posting a picture from your favourite passage of a book receiving maybe 30 likes or posting a photo that gets you 300 likes and lots of engagement from your followers? The more people engage the more your content spreads which is why it is wrong to claim that “unfiltered-be-yourself“ content seals the deal!

Likewise I love writing on my blog. It is my number one favourite hobby yet even though I’m not a beauty blogger I find that my number one most popular entry of all times is the one that I wrote about skincare!

Blog posts where I write about myself or posts featuring pictures of me even if there is no interesting content in the post itself gets lots of buzz.

Self-help is also high on the list along with “how to“ articles.

What do I prefer to write about? The world, society, ideas, thoughts, books. I like to think about ideas and concepts so if I was to be myself I would just write about this while bombarding my Instagram page with all sorts of nonsense that wouldn’t mean anything to anybody else but myself!

What do I like more than anything else?

To sell music because this is ultimately what I’m all about and what I know!

This is my passion, my craft and my talent!

So keep this in mind next time someone tells you to just be yourself on the internet! ❤

 

A few quick thoughts on Millennials and Burnout

This is a great post! I strongly recommend reading it!

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How Millennials became the Burnout Generation, a recent Buzzfeed article, makes some very good points:

In Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Malcolm Harris lays out the myriad ways in which our generation has been trained, tailored, primed, and optimized for the workplace — first in school, then through secondary education — starting as very young children. “Risk management used to be a business practice,” Harris writes, “now it’s our dominant child-rearing strategy.” …

Harris points to practices that we now see as standard as a means of “optimizing” children’s play, an attitude often described as “intensive parenting.” Running around the neighborhood has become supervised playdates. Unstructured day care has become pre-preschool. Neighborhood Kick the Can or pickup games have transformed into highly regulated organized league play that spans the year. Unchanneled energy (diagnosed as hyperactivity) became medicated and disciplined.

Like most old millennials,

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The Most Important 10 Years Of Your Life – Part 1.

In January 2016 I started my blog year on a positive note linking to articles that I figured could help my readers.

One of the articles I linked to was this one: What are the most important years of your life?
The reason as to why I decided to revisit it now is that someone somewhere clicked on said article.
When reading it again I started thinking about my own life as an artist/musician and how that fits in with what the author/expert was saying.
I will break this blog post up into four individual ones since I’m trying to write smaller entries this year!
Support. 
According to the article it is crucial for kids to have support from their parents.
I agree.
As someone who started playing guitar late it wouldn’t have been possible for me to develop technically to the degree that I have without support.
I wouldn’t have gotten exposure and other good things either since they were/are the direct result of my mother’s work.
“Manager“ is in fact not a sufficient title to describe my mother’s involvement.
Self-promotion online, reaching out to professional industry people, not to forget self-educating about the ever-changing aspects of the music industry is a lot of work.
Building a brand, writing original music, acquiring technical skills; none of these things are easy, especially since different tasks require different mental wiring.
Few are genetically equipped to do it all, there is also a limit to the amount of hours available to a person in a 24hr day, not to forget individual needs in regards to sleep, etc;
There are so many aspects involved with being an artist that it can be dizzying. The clock tics, and you have to find out if you are placing your bets on the best project.
It doesn’t matter if you have lots of ideas for books if your brand is music and you are independent. There will not be enough hours to independently pursue both, because it will require reaching out to independent book-bloggers and people engaged in that field of work, rather than reaching out to music-industry people and brand a new release to an already existing fan base.
The network required to launch a fashion brand, several book series, art exhibitions, and music releases in several genres, would be nothing short of mad to build from scratch.
You would need many people involved with creating many different infrastructures.
Because of this, there are some pursuits that have to take the backseat, while the main focus is dedicated to one field, but even when narrowing things down, you’ll probably need help.
In the early years of my playing career I’ll admit that I was envious of those musicians who had supportive parents.
My dad told me that I would die of an overdose at the age of 27 and my mother was not exactly enthusiastic about heavy-metal or the idea of a woman playing the guitar.
Their reactions broke my heart back then and I seriously wondered if I would ever become a musician since parental support seemed a staple at the time when reading interviews with new up-and-coming rock-n-roll musicians.
The whole idea of rockers rebelling against their parents was a thing of the past.
Many Millennial rock-n-rollers got into the genre due to their parents being into it!
I felt like I was already beaten, but I still kept on going, and ended up being represented (and coached in opera) by my mother with my music turning into a family affair.
I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today if it hadn’t.

 

How Sexism Is Defined In The Western World.

In 2019 I plan on dedicating more blog-time to book reviews and distance myself even more from the negative “news-picture.“

I feel like I’ve said more than enough on this blog about current issues and problems and ultimately it isn’t really up to me to sort them all out.

After venturing down the rabbit hole of reading about politics and current challenges I registered myself to vote for the first time in 2017. I wanted to get involved with politics on the lowest level of government in my local area but found out that I was not eligible. Whatever involvement or help from me will therefore have to be philanthropic.

In 2018 I finished reading the entire Holy Bible which was something that I had declared that I would do on my Instagram page, it took me over a year! I’ve never spent more time going over a text! In addition I also read other texts such as “The Prose Edda“ by Snorri Sturluson. My spiritual journey culminated with my Confirmation. I also did two successful fundraisers for my local area which certainly was a first!

I’m not too sure yet how this blog will develop in the coming year, I will however add one last “red-flag“ entry in my PSA category.

This is taken from an article that I saw a good while back and it is of interest to note how Sexism is defined in the U.S.A. today:

“Sexism in a woman’s state of birth and in her current state of residence both lower her wages and likelihood of labour force participation and lead her to marry and bear her first child sooner,” they wrote. Read the full article here.

I’ll include this warning from a doctor at the NHS in England; I’ve read plenty of other articles about the same topic this year. It is alarming.

London NHS consultant warns of risks of delaying pregnancy.