John Ross Jesensky The Music of Life Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:08:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 John Ross Jesensky 32 32 Ismail Sirdah Discusses His Steez Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:08:44 +0000

Always try hard and do not give up. Also, I try to use fewer cliches when giving advice. In all seriousness, the only way that you can fail in this market is by giving up. Thus, make sure you fight hard and do your best until the very end!

Ismail Sirdah on Interview
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Colby Burke Discusses 3 of the Best Places for Musicians to Hang Out in Hilton Head Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:37:49 +0000 Hilton Head, South Carolina is one of the musical hot spots of South Carolina. It is a location with numerous areas to play and shop for music. The island itself is hospitable to many musicians and can provide regular opportunities to play and be paid for playing music. The island’s music stores and music venues all have an inviting atmosphere and a broad variety of opportunities for musicians to spend time. 

John’s Music

John’s Music is definitely a hub for musicians who want to hang out and talk music. Colby Burke Hilton Headbelieves that this store is one of the largest that caters to music and musicians on the island. This store has a wide variety of instruments, amplifiers, and accessories including guitar picks and piano tuners. Many of these instruments are offered by the largest brands such as Fender and Elixir. The store also has areas where musicians can sit and talk about their craft. There are a few inside chairs where musicians and other customers can sit and play some of the instruments for sale. John’s Music is a great place for musicians to meet and talk about the latest instruments being released. 


Fretworks! is another store that sells everything an individual needs to make music. Colby Burke Hilton Head argues that it is similar to John’s Music in many ways. There are accessories and instruments that individuals can try out before making a purchase. The main difference is its close appreciation of education and lessons. Many individuals arrive at Fretworks! for all sorts of lessons. There are lessons for woodwind instruments, guitar, bass, and piano. 

Education ranges from rudimentary-level lessons for schoolchildren to the most demanding professional exercises. The education focus makes Fretworks! a great place for individuals of all talent levels. Younger apprentices can learn from experienced musicians and hear stories about famous gigs or youthful shenanigans. All of these experiences can be hand in a safe, fun environment for every variety of musician. 

The Boardroom

The Boardroom is one of Hilton Head’s most prestigious music venues. Musicians can sit at the club, have a drink, and take in one of a number of different acts every week. The venue allows for a number of different bands and has a large dance area for all forms of dance. Musicians often gather and discuss their craft either during shows or intermissions. Performing acts will often hold court with a number of local musicians before and after shows. The presence of music at all times makes The Boardroom a popular gathering spot for Hilton Head’s musicians. They can come together, trade ideas, and line up future gigs at these events. 


Hilton Head has a lot to offer its community of musicians. There are numerous areas where musicians can buy new accessories or new instruments. Several clubs are devoted to bringing in the hottest new musical acts on a nightly basis. Even some restaurants have regular musical offerings on weekend nights. Whatever the instrument or genre of music, musicians can take comfort in their many options for spending time and honing their craft in Hilton Head. 

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5 Things To Do Before Your Casting Audition Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:02:31 +0000 Have you been invited for an audition or have you stumbled into an open casting audition? Count yourself lucky because this might be the beginning of a successful journey as an actor or a musician. One thing you need to know is that an audition is like any other job interview and the only difference is that you will do the actual acting more than answering general questions during the audition. You need to know some of the things that are capable of pleasing your future directors and producers and therefore stand out from other aspiring actors. Here are some tips that will help you to be fully prepared for a casting audition.

Acknowledge Receipt of the Invitation

If you got an invitation to an audition after applying for an acting position, you need to acknowledge its receipt and accept it with enthusiasm. It shows that know the meaning of courtesy, respect and has a passion for acting. Again, in some cases, you may find that the people who replied to the email sent are the only people who will be allowed to take part in the actual auditioning. Even if it’s an open audition and the company has provided their contacts on their ad or flyers for auditioning, it is good to call and confirm the details as it shows your genuine interest in acting.

Do a Research on the Audition

Get to know more about your future casting directors, the casting office, and what you will be auditioning for because it can be a movie, a play, a skit or an advert. You should do extensive research on what they will ask for during the audition. For instance, they can ask you to give a monologue, and in such a case, you have to prepare and have two or more monologues at heart before going for the audition. In case you will be reading from a script, ask for the script and memorize your lines and if you can do this correctly, the casting directors will know the level of your preparedness and readiness to become an actor. Wood Harris says that having the script in advance will also help you to understand the role you are playing and therefore equip yourself with this person.

Rehearse Your Audition

Once you memorize the line of the script or prepared the monologues, start practicing them in the same way you will do during the audition. For perfection or close to perfection act, you would be required to go over them several times until you feel comfortable to do it in front of other people. You can do these practices in front of a mirror or consider rehearsing your lines with your friends and family members to overcome any chance of shyness or anxiety. All this will boost your confidence compared to doing it for the first time in front of the casting directors.

Carry Few Copies of Your Resume and Head-shot

When going for an audition, it is good to take advantage and sell your talent to as many people as you can. According to wood Harris, you will never know who you will meet during the audition and therefore it is good to have your documents ready with you because a chance may present itself. Also, your casting director will need a copy of the same, and therefore you must be prepared with your acting testimonials such as a resume and a head-shot.

Arrive Early Enough

If you want to arrive early, you must be sure with details such as date, location and time you are required to be at the casting office. This way, you will not get lost during the due date, and you will arrive on time. Also, make sure you get prepared for the day on the night or day before, and this includes deciding what you will wear, confirming the documents and setting the alarm to avoid waking up late. Arriving late in an audition like any other interview is a deal breaker, and you might end being restless and unprepared and perform poorly.

Every time you are called for interview feels like the very time you went for one. Going for a casting audition is not different, but with these preparation tips, it is easier to stand out from other aspiring actors.

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Tax Tips for Musicians Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:20:02 +0000
The arrival of the New Year brings with it the usual advertisements from tax preparation services requesting the business of everybody who must file taxes in the U.S. Not all of us can use the skills of investment planning and financial services, expert Rusty Tweed to complete our taxes but we can follow a few of his tips and advice on social media Sites such as Twitter. Whether using the services of a qualified professional such as Rusty Tweed or looking to use home software to complete taxes should make little difference as the need for high-quality books and paperwork is something every tax professional will support as musicians look to file properly as a self-employed person or part of a partnership.

What is your business?

As a musician, the chances are an individual will be self-employed or classed as a freelancer by those they work for over the course of a year. Taxes must be filed on all earnings over $400 so it is important to make a decision about whether a determined effort is being made to earn a living or to simply have fun with friends. If a musician is looking to carve out a career it is important to classify the position of the musician in terms of being a sole proprietor as a session musician or part of a partnership if in a band. Music Biz Academy reports the main reasons for setting out the tax position of a musician early in their career is the need to complete different tax forms for different tax positions.

Getting the maximum deductions

It is easy to misunderstand the many different deductions on offer to an individual when they are living as a working musician but the chance to reclaim some of the money owed to taxes is always important. The obvious deductions of equipment such as instruments, strings and supplies, and manuals are always going to lower the tax burden but a number of other deductions can also be found in the guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service; music lessons and the production of promotional materials can all be written off as deductions as long as receipts can be produced to support any claim made.

Keep good business records

Keeping excellent records is just one aspect of the life and career of any musician who may have set out on their musical journey dreaming of stardom and international success. Records are not only played but also kept to make sure filing taxes is made as simple as possible for those working on their own or with a financial services company; one simple answer often taken by musicians is to keep hold of their monthly receipts in an envelope before stapling it to the corresponding month’s bank statement.

Understand the taxation regulations

One of the main problems musicians fall foul of is a lack of understanding of the specific requirements of the taxation law when it comes to making deductions and filing a correct claim. Musicians and performers should not attempt to make any deductions for a home office as the IRS tend to look at the location of any performance as being the primary place of employment for a performer.

Set up separate accounts

A lack of preparation and understanding of the business world often sees a musician find themselves being scrutinized by the IRS because of the tangled accounts often created when a business owner fails to keep their private and commercial funds separate. An easy step to take is to open a business account dedicated solely to accepting payments and paying bills related to the work of a musician. Taking this step will often make it easy for any individual to avoid the dangers of being questioned by the IRS when April 15 has passed by and all taxes are filed.

Over the course of any career as a freelancer or self-employed person, the chances are an audit will take place over the taxes of any individual. It is important to remember to keep excellent records at all times and only input an accurate representation of the state of the individual’s finances when completing IRS taxation forms. A little preparation can make a difference when dealing with the IRS as a solid response to an initial inquiry can make it easy to avoid an audit and its associated problems.

Firstly, an individual should make sure they have defined their position within the music industry as performer, songwriter, producer, or any other of the myriad of employment opportunities. Each business an individual musician takes part in should be declared separately and form the basis of the correct individual form a musician should complete each year.

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How Will The Music Industry Shape Up In The Next Decade? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:31:38 +0000

Up to the early 90s, the music industry was relatively uniform. The way we accessed music remained the same before the 90s. However, from then, the madness seems to know no boundaries. Immediately the technological explosion kicked in, music because ubiquitous. Once you release your song, it is no longer yours to keep. This article will only look at how music is expected to shape up in the next decade.

  1. a) Convergence of music streams

A musician today is not required to release his or her music through the conventional channels. Instead, all you need is one media stream like YouTube to go live for the world to see your talent. Long ago, you needed to convince a recording label to produce music for you. If you did not have the big labels backing you, your talent was already wilting before you even started.

The emergence of new streams will cause even mainstream record labels to produce without inserting their labels on products, as labels no longer carry much appreciation. Also, we saw fortune 500 companies like Amazon, Google, Sony, and others join the bandwagon to try and take up a slice of the music pie. This will only make the musician’s chances of making his music global and his talent paying increase.

  1. b) Copyright and royalties

There is an explosion for the way we access music, which means, a person can get your music anywhere in the world. In the past, people would take inspiration from other people’s songs from elsewhere and use them in their music somehow. Well, that is about to change. It is now easier to scan the web through social media to know when someone is infringing on your copyrights.

Even big artist like Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke found themselves with a copyright infringement slap on their hands for using a 15-second hook from Marvin Gaye song.

  1. c) Resurgence of global languages for music

First, it was Gangnam Style, and then followed by Despacito and more will follow. The world music dominance was seen as largely an English language affair until Psy happened. The South Korean sensation broke the internet and even Google when his music hit the billion mark views on YouTube. The surged to 2 billion soon after. This song left a legacy that good music is good music no matter what language it is in.

Luis Fonsi’s Despacito is another turbocharged game-changer that surged to close to four billion in months. Other songs that have had decent showing include Chantaje, Bailando and many others that have taken inspiration from the big hitters. More and more artists from around the world will look at the content and not the language and still play at the biggest stage.

  1. d) Changing face of performances

Live holographs will bring Tupac, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and others to life, but more importantly is the live band and music that may never change. Recently, live bands playing on the advanced concrete Tioga are rekindling the love we fell in with magical nights. It is not likely to change anytime soon.

We seem to have improved massively in terms of technology to an extent that we don’t expect radical changes anymore. We expect now maturity, crazy competition, and global infiltration of the existing technologies mostly in music recording, music marketing, music streams and others.


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7 PR Ideas for Women and Their Small Businesses Mon, 08 May 2017 10:42:57 +0000

In a world that is constantly dominated by men, it gets harder and harder for a woman to make it. Women have always been given the short-end of the stick.

Your business brand begins with great content, according to Nancy Behrman. You need great content in order to be noticed. Those who cannot write should hire someone to do it. It is your message. No one can take that away from you. Good PR and branding begin with the message you wish to convey. The rest will take care of itself.

Your content has to come with instructions. More and more people are visual learners. You need to give them something to see and look at. You may have the greatest message in the world for your brand. It will mean nothing without something to instruct and guide your audience.

Get social. Use any sort of social media platform you can with your audience. Social media is the new landscape of our time.

You cannot repeat the same old same old. You have to breathe new life into what you have already done. Take an old message and make it relatable.

Recycle some of your old stuff. Our world is built on repetition these days. Not many come up with original ideas. When the idea is original, it has to be formulated into a pop formula. Use this to your advantage, ladies. Originality does not work anymore. Repetition is the new way of thinking.

Have some sort of referral thing going. This is where you give incentives to those who recommend people to you. Think outside of the box with it. Come up with a new way of offering the rewards. Everyone is doing it, so you have to be clever.

You have to engage your audience. It is the only way to succeed. Offer some contests to cultivate an interest level. Develop some sort of brand where the audience supplies feedback. People love to give their opinions. Why not put their opinions to good use?

Ladies, you have to come together in business. Have each other’s backs. Work with one another. Once you bring success to each other, you will have success for yourself.

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Karl Jobst DDS And Professionals Alike Explore The True Power of Music Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:19:30 +0000 Through the course of history, people have studied music and the affects it has on human beings and the world around us. Music alone has the power, according to recent research, to cure depression or feed it, improve productivity or hinder it, soothe anxiety or cause it, make a person dance or make a person think. As humans are emotional beings, music has always had a direct connection to us.

A few professionals, such as Karl Jobst DDS and other practitioners, are using music in their offices and operation rooms in order to soothe their patients. This technique has proven to be successful for the most part with an 86% success rate of keeping the patients comfortable, relaxed and calm of their anxieties when in the operation chair.

In other experiments, doctors have used music to bring to life deadened personalities

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Jared Londry on the Intersection of Music and Real Estate Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:15:56 +0000 jared londry music school real estateWriting music is a deeply personal experience that often requires a specific set of conditions conducive to the artist’s individual creative process. Every musician is unique in this way, with some preferring isolation in such a remote setting that it becomes something of a Spartan experience, while others prefer to make their home the permanent space in which they work. Having worked with all manner of clients throughout his career in commercial real estate, Jared Londry has shown a diverse array of properties to clients seeking an ideal creative space in which they can achieve peak productivity.

Londry has represented sellers in multi-million dollar property sales like the Accenture Credit Services Building ($7.4 million) and the office portion of the Arlington in Asheville ($7.5 million), so he has a clear understanding of how to go about working with a client with very specific needs for a workspace that will promote peak levels of productivity. Of course, the considerations for the space a musician might be seeking are quite different from the considerations a traditional commercial venture might seek, but the approach nevertheless remains quite similar.

Whether it is a group of musicians seeking a rural barn with the kind of acoustics needed to convert it into a recording studio or a solo artist seeking a property similar to Prince’s Paisley Park estate, the same principles that guide brokers in commercial real estate sales can be applied to musicians seeking a property that encourages creativity and consistent productivity. While the type of property the client is seeking may be radically different from most commercial real estate sales, the philosophy guiding the broker need not be adjusted to some radical degree.

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Investors Underground on the Similarities Between Music and Investing Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:13:56 +0000 country-946706_960_720It’s not often that an attempt is made to draw a comparison between the art of music and the practice of a specific form of investing, and it is even less often that the comparison that is drawn turns out to be quite apt. In a recent analysis offered by Investors Underground, one of its members noted the many similarities between day trading with the community the company had created and one of music’s great traditions: collaboration.

In order to provide a bit of context, the manner in which Investors Underground functions includes a significant focus on exchanging ideas and strategies with other community members on the subject of day trading. This is accomplished through a number of venues, including a live forum as well as live webinars and educational courses, and members of all ability and experience levels are encouraged to assist each other in improving the results they are able to generate through a day trading investment strategy.

In essence, Investors Underground is providing its community members with seemingly endless opportunities to collaborate with other investors in order to both sharpen and expand their skills as they pertain to day trading. This is very similar to a practice long beloved by musicians, many of whom cite collaborative experiences with other musicians from a wide range of genres as deeply influential and critical to their growth as an artist.

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How to Develop and Maintain an Extensive Musical Repertoire Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19:20:50 +0000 Over time, a professional musician will be exposed to countless compositions across a fairly broad range of circumstances. It may be a piece to be used in an upcoming concert performance or it may even be an informal request made during a small social gathering, and both of these situations clearly require different strategies for preparation. Obviously, it is of critical importance for a musician to develop a fairly extensive repertoire that they can call on in a wide variety of circumstances — professional or otherwise — yet even the most accomplished of musicians can find it difficult to expand their repertoire without sacrificing a great deal of the time needed to keep the other pieces already in the repertoire sharp enough to be considered ready for performance.

Though it may be something of a surprise, there are quite a few similarities between the practices used by 1 Stop Maintenance and the practices used by musicians with impressively extensive repertoires. In both circumstances the parties involved develop a highly efficient schedule that allows them to devote the time necessary to achieve the results expected of them. In the case of One Stop Maintenance, this means that the company is able to serve its vast array of clients incredibly well through its strategies for providing exceptional property management. For a musician, the orientation of their practice schedule has to consider similarly efficient strategies so that new pieces can be learned while others can be revisited and sharpened for an upcoming performance.

Musicians who work on implementing strategies for expanding their musical repertoire enjoy benefits that go well beyond the simple ability to play a broad range of compositions quite well. In addition to a clear improvement in playing ability, the skills needed to expand a repertoire also stimulate a greater degree of creativity that is beneficial in composing and arranging original music. With so many positive developments stemming from an expanded repertoire, it only makes sense for musicians to seriously consider including the following strategies into their daily routine.

The Benefits of a Well-Rounded Skill Set

Musicians often favor one style of learning over the other, with their personal preferences often resulting from the manner in which they originally learned to play. It is simply human nature to utilize that which is most familiar, and quite a few musicians are incredibly skilled at learning through one method but are merely passable when tasked with utilizing the other. To be able to thoroughly expand a repertoire in the most efficient way possible, musicians are best served by developing their ability to learn both by ear and by the page.

It is important to note the difference between merely being able to learn using both styles and being extremely proficient in both to the point that there is no longer any preference for one or the other. For those who learn by ear, the benefits of expert proficiency in reading music from the page are clearly evident, while those who utilize the page sometimes develop an almost psychological dependence on having the sheet music available at all times even when a piece is committed to memory. Those who are highly proficient in both styles often find that they have more memorization cues at their disposal and are therefore able to expand their repertoire by a significant degree.

Strategies for Encouraging Memorization

Committing a piece of music to memory is a critical part of building an extensive repertoire that can be accessed on relatively short notice. When musicians arrange their daily practice sessions, they often favor the pieces that are part of an upcoming performance and adopt what seems to be an efficient approach for preparation. While this is an intuitive strategy, it is actually an inefficient use of time in the long run. When other pieces are ignored in favor of those required for an impending concert performance, the musician will have to devote more time and energy in the future to sharpen the other pieces in their repertoire that were largely ignored in advance of a performance.

New pieces being added to a repertoire will require a greater investment of time at first, but that does not mean that a musician should drop everything else while learning something new. Instead, the pieces that are already included in the repertoire should be made part of the daily practice schedule using a rotating and overlapping approach. This means that the pieces are rotated into the practice schedule with enough frequency that they remain sharp and become firmly entrenched in the memory of the musician.

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