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MIC & Millaze Battle the #1 Cause of a Lost Music Career
Written by:
Emily Plazek

If you're not enjoying your music career, you're not doing it right. But if you're like the rest of us indie musicians, odds are you haven't been hunky-dory happy the whole time you've pursued (or considered pursuing) it. Well, you're not alone.

Welcome to MIC, and meet Millaze.

We're here to lessen the mental burden of going after your music passion. It's not about inspirational quotes or high-fives, we actually think those inspo-self-help things can get kinda yucky and eye-roll-worthy. 

It's more realistic than that: we're experts on the art of balancing music passion with business -- and we exist to make you an expert in it, too.

We started MIC in 2013 thinking we could give you specific music business guidance, but gosh there are enough people doing that (ones we'll recommend to you btw). No no, we conducted a crap ton of research for years and ended up stumbling into something unexpected -- through our journey developing the IMBM, we found a bigger need out there: our perspectives and physical brain health.

Every single one of us indie musicians suffer inside of our heads. Whether it's with diagnosed mental health issues like depression or PTSD, or the general human strain to feel important enough or talented enough -- losing the battle in your mind is the #1 cause of a lost music career. 

So, since our minds are "where music careers begin", MIC's mission is to help you get your mind right, and your brain physically healthy. Otherwise, your music career will always feel out of your reach.

If you follow Millaze and MIC on social media and here at our website (all free$, mind you), you'll see through example how to balance your music career's reality checks with its dreams by observing: 

1) Millaze and the up-keeping of a human being who balances having a life with a music passion (and a ton of human life things we all deal with, like mental health issues, insecurities, health maintenance and personal life setbacks)

2) and MIC's IMBM: Indie Music Business Model, the business framework with best strategies to achieve your career goals, simply (we admit, we're hella good at teaching music business basics and hacks).

It's all in our minds.

We know how to do the business side *just enough* so that your music still takes the wheel. We know how paralyzing it feels to sift through all the hoards of your googled research only to end up broke and feeling ignored because "no one liked your music", etc - but that's not the end of your story. 

We'll show you, through example of Millaze, that you can keep going -- and you should keep going. Plus, we already have proven in our research that the fan market for your music is out there waiting for you, so we already believe in your music for you (if you don't yet). So now, a word from Millaze:

The whole point of me, Millaze, is to show how the MIC founder Emily Plazek lived through the struggle that her company MIC was created to fix. Kind of one of those "put your money where your mouth is" things, right? Here's the story:

-        Emily obsessed daily for the past 10 years over the balance of being an artist, hauled up hiding it all inside, and sifting through the hoards of business information on how to be a career musician. 

-       She founded MIC in 2013 because she didn't want anyone else to give up on their dreams, while she was also fighting not to give up on her own.

-        It took many years but she created the IMBM as a framework to lay out the music industry simply. She hated the overwhelming feeling of missing chunks of the industry in her head, and she hated that other people probably suffered that feeling, too. (Also, it helped to see the little details + bigger picture of how you don't stop being a human if you're a musician, too, so you gotta balance everything or you'll get derailed and frustrated.)

-        I, Millaze, was created a while back as a coping mechanism to deal with Em's fears of sharing music. Although it took her hundreds of songs to get them to be as great as they are now (the upside of hiding your music for years), her mind still wasn't right about it. 

-        It took a long time, but now, through me, she lives a full-time independent musician's career -- and our music is freaking baller (finally. There were so many humiliations along the way, my gosh), and the way I live this productive, independent life is pretty chill and unique. So, my hope is that through sharing how I do it, you'll start to give yourself permission to go after your music career without being so god-awful hard on yourself.

Your brain physically suffers from all this self-defeating and overwhelmed thinking you're doing -- and you won't be able to get to your dream music career with a damaged brain. We're not making this up, let us into your life to go on the journey with you, inch by inch.

...can you imagine a greater journey than the one for your music?

Your next steps:

1) Sign up for the mailing list at the top or bottom of this page,

2) Explore the IMBM here,

3) Follow us everywhere you want:

instagram.com/iammillaze

instagram.com/musicindustryconnected

facebook.com/millazemusic

facebook.com/musicindustryconnected

twitter.com/iammillaze

twitter.com/micpgh

4) and share your indie music struggles with us on those platforms -- it'll help our IMBM research. (Also, we want you included in our MVMT of indie musicians, because we're really starting to work with them on this, so check that out, too.)

Now get ready to stop giving up, with reality checks not cheesiness.

MIC & Millaze Battle the #1 Cause of a Lost Music Career
MIC & Millaze Battle the #1 Cause of a Lost Music Career
MIC is my baby.

If you're not enjoying your music career, you're not doing it right. But if you're like the rest of us indie musicians, odds are you haven't been hunky-dory happy the whole time you've pursued (or considered pursuing) it. Well, you're not alone.

Welcome to MIC, and meet Millaze.

We're here to lessen the mental burden of going after your music passion. It's not about inspirational quotes or high-fives, we actually think those inspo-self-help things can get kinda yucky and eye-roll-worthy. 

It's more realistic than that: we're experts on the art of balancing music passion with business -- and we exist to make you an expert in it, too.

We started MIC in 2013 thinking we could give you specific music business guidance, but gosh there are enough people doing that (ones we'll recommend to you btw). No no, we conducted a crap ton of research for years and ended up stumbling into something unexpected -- through our journey developing the IMBM, we found a bigger need out there: our perspectives and physical brain health.

Every single one of us indie musicians suffer inside of our heads. Whether it's with diagnosed mental health issues like depression or PTSD, or the general human strain to feel important enough or talented enough -- losing the battle in your mind is the #1 cause of a lost music career. 

So, since our minds are "where music careers begin", MIC's mission is to help you get your mind right, and your brain physically healthy. Otherwise, your music career will always feel out of your reach.

If you follow Millaze and MIC on social media and here at our website (all free$, mind you), you'll see through example how to balance your music career's reality checks with its dreams by observing: 

1) Millaze and the up-keeping of a human being who balances having a life with a music passion (and a ton of human life things we all deal with, like mental health issues, insecurities, health maintenance and personal life setbacks)

2) and MIC's IMBM: Indie Music Business Model, the business framework with best strategies to achieve your career goals, simply (we admit, we're hella good at teaching music business basics and hacks).

It's all in our minds.

We know how to do the business side *just enough* so that your music still takes the wheel. We know how paralyzing it feels to sift through all the hoards of your googled research only to end up broke and feeling ignored because "no one liked your music", etc - but that's not the end of your story. 

We'll show you, through example of Millaze, that you can keep going -- and you should keep going. Plus, we already have proven in our research that the fan market for your music is out there waiting for you, so we already believe in your music for you (if you don't yet). So now, a word from Millaze:

The whole point of me, Millaze, is to show how the MIC founder Emily Plazek lived through the struggle that her company MIC was created to fix. Kind of one of those "put your money where your mouth is" things, right? Here's the story:

-        Emily obsessed daily for the past 10 years over the balance of being an artist, hauled up hiding it all inside, and sifting through the hoards of business information on how to be a career musician. 

-       She founded MIC in 2013 because she didn't want anyone else to give up on their dreams, while she was also fighting not to give up on her own.

-        It took many years but she created the IMBM as a framework to lay out the music industry simply. She hated the overwhelming feeling of missing chunks of the industry in her head, and she hated that other people probably suffered that feeling, too. (Also, it helped to see the little details + bigger picture of how you don't stop being a human if you're a musician, too, so you gotta balance everything or you'll get derailed and frustrated.)

-        I, Millaze, was created a while back as a coping mechanism to deal with Em's fears of sharing music. Although it took her hundreds of songs to get them to be as great as they are now (the upside of hiding your music for years), her mind still wasn't right about it. 

-        It took a long time, but now, through me, she lives a full-time independent musician's career -- and our music is freaking baller (finally. There were so many humiliations along the way, my gosh), and the way I live this productive, independent life is pretty chill and unique. So, my hope is that through sharing how I do it, you'll start to give yourself permission to go after your music career without being so god-awful hard on yourself.

Your brain physically suffers from all this self-defeating and overwhelmed thinking you're doing -- and you won't be able to get to your dream music career with a damaged brain. We're not making this up, let us into your life to go on the journey with you, inch by inch.

...can you imagine a greater journey than the one for your music?

Your next steps:

1) Sign up for the mailing list at the top or bottom of this page,

2) Explore the IMBM here,

3) Follow us everywhere you want:

instagram.com/iammillaze

instagram.com/musicindustryconnected

facebook.com/millazemusic

facebook.com/musicindustryconnected

twitter.com/iammillaze

twitter.com/micpgh

4) and share your indie music struggles with us on those platforms -- it'll help our IMBM research. (Also, we want you included in our MVMT of indie musicians, because we're really starting to work with them on this, so check that out, too.)

Now get ready to stop giving up, with reality checks not cheesiness.

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