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Why does health matter in my music career? I’ll sleep when I die! YOLO. [Product Development]
Written by:
Emily Plazek

You were probably just reading Product Development Laneway, right? Well, continue on...

Hit the snooze button, down a macchiato, nurse a pulled hamstring, rehydrate during a hangover, eat a treat to numb your stress, pop an ibuprofen for a headache, smoke for a buzz, lick a popsicle to cool down, sip wine to feel luxurious, gulp down a green smoothie to feel organic, sleep, shower, scratch, sweat, crack your neck -- we live in these bodies, and they either elevate or put a damper on all the activities we try to accomplish.

Yum, buns. (Behind-the-scenes at a music video shoot with Tyler AM)

It’s not a luxury to take care of your physical and mental health -- it’s the only way you can drive your machine through life and do what you wanna do (especially music careers). Otherwise, you’re in pain or exhausted or anxious or sad or distracted or annoyed and you just don’t get work done. (The IMBM writer is human too, and knows from experience -- we can all pretty much agree on this.)

Optimizing your health isn’t necessarily only about eating vegetables, logging hours on the elliptical, going to a therapist, or reading self-help books. Sure, those can all be part of your equation  -- but they all feed into the part of health that the IMBM cares about most: self-awareness. It’s the running dialogue in your mind. Your mind can either be strong or weak-- it’s a muscle in that way

Dialogue in your head?

Meditation and yoga are pretty hot culture topics lately, so you might already get it. If you don’t understand, let’s use an example:

Imagine the marathon runner, (somehow) galloping along steadily with a tiny smirk on her face, just enough that you could guess at the dialogue in her head: “Lah dee dah …. [silence]... don’t trip on that stick, dodged it, nailed it …. [silence] perhaps a swig of H20? Yes please and thank you…. [silence]... noice, hill coming up, okay…[silence]... that hill is now over…. aw, a yellow finch, cool...” and hours pass and 26.2 miles are accomplished in her toes.

Compare that to the newbie, who signed up for the marathon because it sounded impressive (most of us do stuff like this at some point, it’s okay, we’re human) and kinda-sorta trained for it, but come race day at the buzzer-start the inner dialogue goes more like this: “YEAH BABY, I GOT THIS, we got this. I’m suited up, I’m loose, I’m ready! Look at that sucker, hey you, your form is WEAK, I’ma pass you--gah my ankle! shake it out it’s fine, ok here comes the first marker, I’m feeling good, feeling good I’m feeling good good good-- crap. Wait. Did I ever email Jenna back about that progress report? That makes me look so bad. Why do I do this to myself, this is why I’m single I don’t have my sh*t together, why can’t I get a grip, oh my gosh I am so tired--NOPE nope! I’m cool, I’m fine, I got this, I paid to do this my god I’m not even past mile 1 yet…”

If you had to describe one mind as weak and one as strong, which would be which?

Passion = A well-paced marathon

“The word passion comes from the Latin root pati-, meaning suffering, or enduring.” Passion is usually talked about in a more dreamy way, especially when it comes to music careers (romance is another good example). Passion really means that you’ve got stamina, endurance, grit. Not so much a “fire” inside, but a very efficient and fueled furnace.

The more self-loathing and out-of-control the dialogue in your head, or the less peak in condition your body feels, the harder the marathon becomes. The work involved in a self-led, emotionally-based career can be extensive, so here's some more equipment to add to your arsenal, to help you pace your marathon:

Of course, always remember to treat yo'self.
  • Pay attention to the dialogue in your head, and when it turns from an “ally” into a “predator”, take notice.
  • Practice mental exercises for that brain muscle, like meditation, or another simple idea: focus on 1 thing for a song’s length, and if you notice your mind wandered, laugh it off and snap right back to the focus. Over time this will get easier as your mind gets stronger.
  • Set up routines, like dedicating time to write music or take voice lessons, and trust in the process that it will build up over time.
  • Take care of your physical health in your own way, be it taking walks or pumping iron, drinking smoothies or cutting down on pop.
  • Seek mental health support systems like friends, therapy, or books when you feel a need.
  • Live your life….

Go back and pick up where you left off: click here to read Product Development for more on why living your life in general is critical to your music's success.

Why does health matter in my music career? I’ll sleep when I die! YOLO. [Product Development]
Why does health matter in my music career? I’ll sleep when I die! YOLO. [Product Development]
MIC is my baby.

You were probably just reading Product Development Laneway, right? Well, continue on...

Hit the snooze button, down a macchiato, nurse a pulled hamstring, rehydrate during a hangover, eat a treat to numb your stress, pop an ibuprofen for a headache, smoke for a buzz, lick a popsicle to cool down, sip wine to feel luxurious, gulp down a green smoothie to feel organic, sleep, shower, scratch, sweat, crack your neck -- we live in these bodies, and they either elevate or put a damper on all the activities we try to accomplish.

Yum, buns. (Behind-the-scenes at a music video shoot with Tyler AM)

It’s not a luxury to take care of your physical and mental health -- it’s the only way you can drive your machine through life and do what you wanna do (especially music careers). Otherwise, you’re in pain or exhausted or anxious or sad or distracted or annoyed and you just don’t get work done. (The IMBM writer is human too, and knows from experience -- we can all pretty much agree on this.)

Optimizing your health isn’t necessarily only about eating vegetables, logging hours on the elliptical, going to a therapist, or reading self-help books. Sure, those can all be part of your equation  -- but they all feed into the part of health that the IMBM cares about most: self-awareness. It’s the running dialogue in your mind. Your mind can either be strong or weak-- it’s a muscle in that way

Dialogue in your head?

Meditation and yoga are pretty hot culture topics lately, so you might already get it. If you don’t understand, let’s use an example:

Imagine the marathon runner, (somehow) galloping along steadily with a tiny smirk on her face, just enough that you could guess at the dialogue in her head: “Lah dee dah …. [silence]... don’t trip on that stick, dodged it, nailed it …. [silence] perhaps a swig of H20? Yes please and thank you…. [silence]... noice, hill coming up, okay…[silence]... that hill is now over…. aw, a yellow finch, cool...” and hours pass and 26.2 miles are accomplished in her toes.

Compare that to the newbie, who signed up for the marathon because it sounded impressive (most of us do stuff like this at some point, it’s okay, we’re human) and kinda-sorta trained for it, but come race day at the buzzer-start the inner dialogue goes more like this: “YEAH BABY, I GOT THIS, we got this. I’m suited up, I’m loose, I’m ready! Look at that sucker, hey you, your form is WEAK, I’ma pass you--gah my ankle! shake it out it’s fine, ok here comes the first marker, I’m feeling good, feeling good I’m feeling good good good-- crap. Wait. Did I ever email Jenna back about that progress report? That makes me look so bad. Why do I do this to myself, this is why I’m single I don’t have my sh*t together, why can’t I get a grip, oh my gosh I am so tired--NOPE nope! I’m cool, I’m fine, I got this, I paid to do this my god I’m not even past mile 1 yet…”

If you had to describe one mind as weak and one as strong, which would be which?

Passion = A well-paced marathon

“The word passion comes from the Latin root pati-, meaning suffering, or enduring.” Passion is usually talked about in a more dreamy way, especially when it comes to music careers (romance is another good example). Passion really means that you’ve got stamina, endurance, grit. Not so much a “fire” inside, but a very efficient and fueled furnace.

The more self-loathing and out-of-control the dialogue in your head, or the less peak in condition your body feels, the harder the marathon becomes. The work involved in a self-led, emotionally-based career can be extensive, so here's some more equipment to add to your arsenal, to help you pace your marathon:

Of course, always remember to treat yo'self.
  • Pay attention to the dialogue in your head, and when it turns from an “ally” into a “predator”, take notice.
  • Practice mental exercises for that brain muscle, like meditation, or another simple idea: focus on 1 thing for a song’s length, and if you notice your mind wandered, laugh it off and snap right back to the focus. Over time this will get easier as your mind gets stronger.
  • Set up routines, like dedicating time to write music or take voice lessons, and trust in the process that it will build up over time.
  • Take care of your physical health in your own way, be it taking walks or pumping iron, drinking smoothies or cutting down on pop.
  • Seek mental health support systems like friends, therapy, or books when you feel a need.
  • Live your life….

Go back and pick up where you left off: click here to read Product Development for more on why living your life in general is critical to your music's success.

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