A sea of content…

I recently watched a great video on how modern artists are getting attention for themselves now that we have an insane amount of content being produced and attention has become more and more scarce. After all, everyone can’t watch everything all the time.

He referenced this article that goes further in depth on the topic.

The main idea is this: With content becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce, almost everyone is creating content. So much so, that attention has become more valuable than content. Cue sponsored posts, outlandish antics, and social media influencers.

My first thought after all this was that as an artist, it is more important now than ever to master your live performance game.

Now I know this isn’t for everybody. But if you’d like to grow your audience and engagement, I think that the live performance is still the best route. Go to a small local open mic, if you’re in the DFW like me, I’ve got a list of great places I still frequent.

It will give you a good chance to be seen, in an environment where you’re not competing with an ever- refreshing news-feed for attention; you are the focus.

Afterwards, stick around and shake some hands, if someone compliments your work be sure to thank them and mention that they can follow you on social media if they’d like to keep up with you.

Someone who has interacted with you in person is much more likely to interact online.

This may seem like common sense, but I see plenty of talented artists do a great job on the mic, then waste the opportunity by not sharing their social media info on stage, or following up after the show.

What do you think?

Are you for or against the live show?

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SMU show and youtube news

On Thursday I got to play for the Sigma Lambda Beta – Mu Delta Chapter at SMU

it was a great show! We had a good time and I got to perform some of Therapy for them.

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Speaking of Therapy, I kept my productiveness up and uploaded the entire project onto my Youtube page

How do you, like memorize stuff?

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I often get asked by an artist somewhere “how do you memorize your poetry?”

and I usually reply with a casual “I rehearse the shit out of it”

I realized that’s not very helpful

so i decided to elaborate a bit.

 

A lot of artists have trouble memorizing at first, and there’s no law that says you HAVE to memorize anything, but if you’re looking to up your performance and one day land some paid gigs, memorization is a first step in the right direction.

So here are a couple of tips on memorization, hope it helps.

Repetition

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

―Zig Ziglar

You ever catch yourself singing one of your favorite songs word for word?

You weren’t trying to memorize it the last two weeks, you’ve just been playing it because you enjoy the song.

Memorizing  your writing is the same process.

When I’m working on a piece, even if it’s not complete I’ll read it once a day up to the point I left off.

If I think of something I can add to it great,

If not it’s still a good chance to practice.

Find a little time to read your pieces every day.

When you feel like you’ve got it at least partially down,

try it from memory, if you slip up you can turn back to your paper.

Before you know it you’ll have it down!

 

Consistency

It goes without saying that only you can keep yourself going

you get out of the process what you put in.

No one is going to be there along the way to make you rehearse.

But if you’re consistent and work on your craft everyday you’ll get better and better.

When you get to perform your newly sharpened work for an audience

you’ll be able to do it with a great deal more confidence knowing you’ve got this.

Work ethic

You’ve got to want it!

No artist can get far without hard work and determination

I think a great example of this is the rapper Kanye West

in a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Seth Rogen describes running into Kanye at a hotel and getting to hear him rap an entire album he was working on from memory!

Here’s a clip from the interview:

Those are my tips

I hope it helped!

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3 of my favorite DFW poetry spots

If you have an affinity for poetry or the arts, and would like to support some of your local artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, or even get on the mic yourself, you’e in luck!

I’ve gone to a lot of great shows/open mics since I started performing a couple years ago, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Think of it as a walking start onto the spokenword scene.

These are three of my favorite weekly events:

1.Unlimited Poetry Slam

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Hosted by Annika MichelleUnlimited Poetry Slam  is held on Mondays at Fushas Lounge in Arlington 130 E. Bardin Suite 104  from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Unlimited Poetry Slam team here.

2.Forth Worth Slam

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Hosted by the one and only Michael Guinn Fort Worth Slam is every Tuesday at The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth 6637 Meadowbrook Dr, from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Fort Worth Slam team here

3.Dallas Poetry Slam

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Dallas Poetry Slam is every Friday at Heroes Lounge in Dallas at 7402 Greenville Ave

from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Dallas Poetry Slam team here

In conclusion, these are also open mics. Comedians, musicians, and all artists are welcome to come out as well, and you never know what you will see at an event!

There is a lot more going on in the poetry scene here in DFW, I’ve linked to all the hosts, slam teams, and venues.Be sure to follow all of them to stay up to date with everything they have going on, and share this list with a friend!