Month: August 2017

Badass Bulldozer Profiles: Alyssa Jacey

Alyssa Jacey is a badass bulldozer. Let me explain. Several weeks ago I wrote a post about disruption in the entertainment industry and suggested that there are two camps: badasses (bulldozers) and buildings. The first camp are those artists who choose to move forward and the second are those who continue to try the same tired old routes and end up with the same results (I seem to remember that being a definition of insanity.) Alyssa is definitely in the former group. Badass She is bold. Alyssa moved from sunny San Diego to freezing Nashville in January 2012 and...

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What Time Is It!?!

This article about time originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox.   Hickory Time is money, time is tight, time is of the essence. Blah, blah, blah. I could go on but I just don’t have the time. This article about excuses originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and...

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Stop Whining – Start Winning

Here’s the topic: Stop whining and start winning. Whining takes a lot of energy. So does winning. Don’t get emotional. Talk amongst yourselves.  In fact, it takes the same amount of energy whining or winning. In his newsletter, The Lefsetz Letter , Bob Lefsetz addresses this topic in a similar manner which I am going to co-opt for this post. Want Some Cheese With That Whine? Whiners think they know everything. Winners are always learning. Whiners blame everyone else for their lack of success.  Winners blame no one and focus on moving forward. Whiners are worried about what others...

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More No More Excuses

This article about excuses originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox. More No More Excuses Yes, I meant to say that. Building on a recent theme, excuses are just another way to say, “I really don’t accomplish my goals.” Who? Hit songwriter Marty Dodson, for one. I borrowed some of his ideas for the blog and now I’d like to share a few more. Marty says there are generally two kinds...

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

I tried to get it done but I just didn’t have the time.  I meant to be there but the traffic was so bad. The dog ate my homework. The sun was in my eyes.  I had a rock in my shoe. Excuses. We’ve all heard them and, if we’re honest, we’ve all used them. What’s Your Excuse? I don’t know why the other people get all the breaks. What excuse will you use today? Come on, if you’re really going to be a songwriter why haven’t you pitched those songs? If you want your artist career to reach...

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Chris Keaton

Chris is a Nashville-based entertainment industry executive, award winning music publisher, artist management consultant and a 2016 Inductee in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

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