DEALING WITH FEAR
by Seth Jackson
A fellow writer recently told me about a friend of his whoís so afraid of somebody stealing his songs that he never plays them for anyone. By doing this, he guarantees his songs wonít get stolen, but he also guarantees he will never make a dime or feel the satisfaction of applause from an audience. This is one example of how we can allow our fears to paralyze us.
Fear of rejection is common among songwriters. Do you let fear prevent you from making the call to a publisher or potential co-writer?
I once read a self-help book called ďFeel the Fear and Do It AnywayĒ. Simply keeping the title of that book in mind has helped me many times to push on when Iíve been on the verge of giving in to fear-based paralysis.
How we handle fear can mean the difference in whether or not we succeed in our songwriting careers. Fear can be an obstacle to overcome, and it can also be a motivator. Sometimes, Iím motivated to write when I start feeling afraid Iím not progressing enough.
Fear is an emotion that can protect us from danger. Some dangers are only imagined. Sometimes, we only need to realize that.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 5-8 p.m. at Musician's Institute, 1655 McCadden Place, just off Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Admission is free for NSAI members and NAS members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call Bev Nelson at (714)733-2717, or Craig Lackey at (310)439-4069.
Jai Josefsí Annual Songwriters Showcase, Sunday, April 6, 7:30 PM, at American Pie, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, with special guest performer Harold Payne. Doors open at 6:30 PM for dinner. Featured songwriters are John Cantlay, Alex Del Zoppo, Seth Jackson, Anthony Juarez, Lew Lazarus, Sandra McKinney, Christie Oswald, Richard Petersen, Paul Reese, Glenn Rumbaoa, Larisa Stow, and Keith Widom.
Seth Jackson recently returned from a successful two weeks in Nashville where he did some demo recording, song pitching, and co-writing. He has received publishing offers on several of his new songs.
Nancy Leiviska, veteran Jobete writer, is now consulting for Jobete Publishing to promote their country catalog, including 10 country songs penned by Nancy. She is also writing with vocalist Charlene, known for her Ď80s hit ďIíve Never Been to MeĒ and Australian writer Stuart Jemesen. They are working on songs for the pop market and for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Larry Vail will be performing at the The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on Sunday night, March 9. Larry will also be making a two-week visit to Nashville to pitch songs and to co-write.
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