The Persevering Artist

The Persevering Artist

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By Ben Union
This podcast is hosted by Ben Union, "The Persevering Artist". Topics include The New Music Business, Leadership and Life-By-Design. Ben Union is a recording artist, A&R expert, educator, author and dynamic live performer. He resides in Tacoma, WA, USA.
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Conversations: Kiva Geiger
This episode picks up in the middle of chicken wings and pizza at The Rock in Tacoma, WA. Kiva and I go in depth on chicken wings, who has the best and why, our secret recipes and we review the wings we’re in the middle of consuming... then we talk about the upcoming UFC and you’ll get my LHW prediction. * I keep saying Anthony Pettis but what I mean is Anthony Smith. Just in case anyone wants to correct me. My apologies… I was drinking beer for cryin’ out loud.
26:31
March 1, 2019
Random Conversations: My wife, Anjelica
Here’s the first ever Random Conversations. I take the maiden voyage with my beautiful, awesome wife.
24:25
July 26, 2018
Innovation
Success is looking for four things from you... today, I’m talking about no. 2: Innovation
06:38
July 23, 2018
Expertise
Of the four things success is seeking from us, here’s No. 1.
15:01
July 19, 2018
Routine
Success requires an effective, daily routine from you.
11:22
July 18, 2018
Shifting Sand, or Solid Rock
Life’s greatest conundrums of love, relationships, God, money and self-worth can be solved from this one question...
11:26
July 17, 2018
Sowing & Reaping
You can’t control the effect, but you directly control the cause.
07:40
July 16, 2018
How To Find The Right Mentor For You
6 key factors in choosing your mentor... and 1 to grow on!
11:59
July 13, 2018
Faking His Way Into Paris Fashion Week
This story is incredible. There are no rules.
11:01
July 12, 2018
These 4 Things Will Allow You To Accomplish ANYTHING
Your dreams are waiting for you to implement these 4 things. Success or failure to achieve your desires rests on whether or not you do them.
13:15
July 11, 2018
The Best Part-Time Work For Full-Time Artists
In the music business, survival is the ultimate success. Here are the best gigs you could score to keep you free to pursue your passion of full-time industry professional while paying your bills.
13:13
July 10, 2018
What Will Happen To You When The Band Breaks Up?
Face it, nothing lasts forever. When your band breaks up, will that mean the end of your career, or a steppingstone toward a bigger and brighter career? Personal brand development is the subject of this quick episode.
07:32
July 10, 2018
Detach Your Happiness From The Outcome
Don’t live by your emotions.
08:11
July 6, 2018
How To Solidify Collaborations and Guestings
The title says it all.
10:35
June 29, 2018
The Difference Between “Collaboration” & “Guesting”
Don’t come across like an amateur by using incorrect words.
08:26
June 27, 2018
Pick 3 And Execute Well
Feeling like you’re spread too thin on social media? Here’s a word of wisdom.
08:22
June 25, 2018
Two Communication Power Tools
KO (in a good way) any audience with this combo.
07:53
June 22, 2018
Dummy Taxes
Here’s the #1 way to avoid them.
07:00
June 22, 2018
Developing Genuine Relationships
Want to grow your community? Here’s a hack that will supercharge that growth.
13:44
June 20, 2018
X to the power of ???
Whether or not you will be rich, successful, influential or happy, it’s 100% your choice.
11:16
June 19, 2018
Show Day
Let me give you some tips that will allow you a peaceful show day and a killer performance!
10:32
June 15, 2018
How To Not Lose Your Mind On The Road
Here are four solid tips from a road warrior.
08:11
June 15, 2018
Smart Touring
Booking tours cold turkey is the stupidest thing you could do. Here is some great advice that won’t burn you out on the road.
12:00
June 13, 2018
How To Supercharge Community Growth
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Here are 3 quick things to remember!
08:48
June 12, 2018
You’re Open For Business When You’re Playing Live
The music business is actually the retail business. Sorry to burst your bubble.
08:54
June 11, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, Suicide & The ONLY Answer to Depression
Let me offer my solution for the problems of fear, panic, anxiety & depression...
13:02
June 9, 2018
Niche Yourself Now And Forevermore
Starting and stopping, changing lanes, contributing to too many conversations = poor leadership and lots of painful lessons
10:39
June 7, 2018
Watch Yo’ Mouth!
The grapevine is real and you don’t know who may be listening.
05:52
June 7, 2018
The Mailing List
Want to survive as an artist? Here’s how...
15:21
June 5, 2018
What Happens When You Get A New Fan
There’s always 10lbs of BS attached to the word “Community”. In today’s podcast, I give an excellent description of what it actually means to grow a community around your project.
18:36
June 4, 2018
What’s Most Important About Social Media?
If you’re going to grow an engaged following, you must know what you’re doing with your socials.
08:31
May 31, 2018
How To Make Killer Music Videos
I make 6 INVALUABLE points here that will save you time, resource and headaches!
14:45
May 30, 2018
Should I Release an Album, LP, EP or Single?
If you want to maximize your exposure and gather an enthusiastic fanbase, here’s some food for thought.
09:14
May 29, 2018
7 Home-Studio Must-Haves
The bare-necessities of home recording.
10:19
May 28, 2018
The Producer
Semantics are important. Make sure you know what you’re talking about if you’re gonna be using the term.
09:13
May 25, 2018
DAW’s
Where to begin if you don’t know how to record music.
06:01
May 24, 2018
How To Get Signed (if that’s what you want)
Ever wondered how to get signed to a major recording contract? Here’s the basic truth...
12:54
May 22, 2018
My Team
Success is never achieved alone. I have an incredible team of people around me keeping me on track. Let me tell you about the different roles that I deem necessary...
07:00
May 22, 2018
Humility Is The Womb of Opportunity
This mostly involves keeping your mouth shut... I’ll explain.
09:17
May 18, 2018
Splitting Time Between Work & Music
How much time should you devote to music and how much time should you devote to paying the bills?
14:05
May 17, 2018
The Difference Between The New Business & The Old Business?
What is new about the new music business?
09:31
May 16, 2018
Does Age Matter?
Here’s the simple answer.
05:58
May 16, 2018
Why Nobody’s Engaging With Your Music
If today’s podcast was a material, it would be gold... solid GOLD! And it’s FREE...
07:53
May 11, 2018
The Purpose Of A Day Job
A day job isn’t a Plan B. It’s a way to survive by keeping the bills paid before your music business financially sustains you. May I suggest a few solutions?
10:22
May 9, 2018
What Is “Making It”?
The worldwide misconception is that if you’re in a band, you’re either living in mom’s basement or else you’re on the cover of Rolling Stone. Let me shine a little light on the subject...
12:01
May 8, 2018
Sound Exchange
If you’re the typical singer-songwriter, you’re missing out on more than 50% of your royalties. Let me help you get smart!
08:31
May 7, 2018
P.R.O.
What is a P.R.O. and how does it help me?
09:05
May 4, 2018
Licensing Explained
Licensing your songs is one of the highest income earners for musicians. What is licensing?
16:22
May 3, 2018
Public Performance Royalties
I continue on about how recording artists and songwriters earn money. Super interesting, plus, it doesn’t get anymore simple than this...
05:41
May 2, 2018
What Is A Mechanical Royalty?
Music sales, digital downloads and interactive streaming all generate this type of royalty...
11:21
May 1, 2018
The 3 Main Ways To Make $ From Your Music
There are many ways to create a decent living for yourself as a recording artist/songwriter, but here are the top 3 ways to earn from your music...
08:42
April 30, 2018
Ranting... Very Nicely... About Entitlements
Equality of opportunity doesn’t equal equality of outcome.
06:37
April 27, 2018
Change By Choice
Would you believe that you could actually change your life today? All it takes is one choice.
11:03
April 24, 2018
The Change Or Stay The Same
Have any circumstances in your life that you’d like to see change? Do your plans get sidetracked easily? This may hurt a bit, but I know it will help.
05:51
April 24, 2018
The Secret To Happiness Revealed
I’m serious... I have the answer for how to find happiness. Here it is.
11:18
April 19, 2018
The Most Valuable Form Of Currency
Currency - Information - Education. Let’s break it down real quick...
11:08
April 18, 2018
Self-Discipline
Tagging off of yesterdays podcast: Self-Discipline is where the real power of achievement lies.
13:21
April 17, 2018
Motivation Isn’t As Good As Discipline
If you only do the right thing when you feel motivated, you’ll never achieve the discipline needed to win in life.
07:30
April 16, 2018
The Law Of Connection
How do you successfully connect with someone? How’bout I just tell you...
03:39
April 11, 2018
The Law Of Magnetism
Do you hate your congregants/followers? Then I have your solution!
09:01
April 5, 2018
Apr 2, 2018
The inexplicable "knowing" that leaders, just, know.
06:23
April 3, 2018
The Law Of Respect
Leaders earn trust & respect from their followers by implementing these three words... and they all start w/ “c”...
05:25
March 30, 2018
The Law Of E.F. Hutton
When real leaders speak (I didn’t say YELL!), people listen. I’ll explain...
09:47
March 28, 2018
The Law Of Navigation
Anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.
12:23
March 26, 2018
The Law Of Process
If you want to understand how someone becomes a champion influencer, you’ve got to look at their...?
10:01
March 23, 2018
The Law Of Influence
Leadership can oft be confused w/ the ability to speak well publicly, charisma or management skills, but do those things actually qualify sometime to lead?
06:43
March 22, 2018
The Law Of The Lid
The lower your ability to lead, the lower the lid on your potential.
12:37
March 21, 2018
What is Leadership
All of us are following others and all of us are leading others... even if you didn’t know it.
05:22
March 21, 2018
Follow Through
Ever set a goal and did really well up until the end and then gave up? It could’ve been a workout goal, a diet, a weed detox, whatever. We’ve all done it. It will set you back SO FAR!
08:52
March 19, 2018
“I Can’t” Is a Choice
You actually can... if you employ your will power. I trust that “I Can!” encourage and challenge you in about 5 minutes.
06:51
March 9, 2018
Your Habits Reflect Your Values
Your vision needs a structure. If you value your future, you must take into account your habitual behavior.
08:04
March 8, 2018
Don’t Let Anyone Edit You
Having trouble defining your audience? Perhaps you’ve let the PC police edit you. I can help.
07:55
March 7, 2018
Burdens We Can’t Carry Alone
Got burdens? Worries? Anxiety impossible to bare on your own? I’ll tell you the ONLY solution.
07:05
March 6, 2018
Cake and Sprinkles
My new single “Stay” experienced a major viral bump around the world over the weekend. Let me explain why...
05:13
March 5, 2018
Skills That Cost Nothing 3 of 3: Going The Extra Mile
Is your situation mediocre? Here’s a solution that could be the answer you need. Served on a silver platter. Just for you, my friend.
05:14
March 2, 2018
Skills That Cost Nothing 2 of 3
You’d pay Tony Robbins $10K for this beauty... and I’m giving it to you for FREE. BenUnion.com
05:02
March 1, 2018
Too Many Voices
No wonder you’re not progressing. You’re addicted to dopamine highs. If you’re constantly changing methods, personnel and strategies, you’re never going to get anywhere.
05:02
February 28, 2018
Skills That Cost Nothing 1 of 3): Work Ethic
Procrastination is the opposite of Work Ethic. Enough tomorrow’s lead to wastes yesterday’s.
05:02
February 27, 2018
Environmental Limitations
Limitations are self-imposed. If you want to follow your creative dream, plan on your social circles not understanding.
05:01
February 26, 2018
Feelings: Bad Leaders, Great Followers
Confused? Frustrated? In and out of relationships? Never at peace? Here’s your sign.
06:59
February 23, 2018
Frustration: Friend or Foe
How many times per week do you utter the words “I’m frustrated”? Let me interpret that feeling for you real quick...
04:59
February 22, 2018
The Greatest Investment
Want to know the investment with the highest return? The stock market pales in comparison to this one...
04:59
February 21, 2018
Jealousy: The Good Kind
Jealousy (not covetousness!) isn’t always a bad thing. If you’re jealous of something that you’d like to have or experience in your own life, that just means that you’re meant to have it.
04:57
February 20, 2018
Consistency
Innovative idea + solid structure + disciplined routine
04:59
February 19, 2018
Good Habits - Bad Habits
Good & Bad Habits are formed the exact same way. Your life is the sum of your habitual choices. What are you choosing?
04:59
February 16, 2018
Missed Opportunities
Miss a recent opportunity? Have no fear. Opportunities are like public transportations - there’ll be another one swooping through in 15 minutes!
04:59
February 15, 2018
Enjoying The Process
Your goal shouldn’t be the mountaintop - your goal should be to become more perfected in the process.
04:59
February 13, 2018
The Desired Outcome
Talon joins me today. Life is a pressure cooker. The higher the pressure relationship, the faster you reach the desired outcome.
04:59
February 12, 2018
Your Friends = Your Future
A Lesson From The $50BIL Man.
04:59
February 9, 2018
February 8, 2018
Mtg famous people, talkers vs doers, John Maxwell, Nick Foles = boom
04:59
February 8, 2018
February 5, 2018
Relentlessness. The Super Bowl.
04:59
February 5, 2018
What you think about chiropractors?
CHIROPRACTORS: Witch doctors? Scam artists? Imperative for overall health? You tell me.
05:31
February 2, 2018
February 1, 2018
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February 1, 2018
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