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The Essential Ingredients for Artists to Thrive in the Music World with Mark Damian

Episode Summary –

Creating great work is just the beginning of an artist's journey toward success. Hard work and dedication are also crucial in establishing your name in the art world. To truly thrive, you must be willing to hustle and network with like-minded individuals who share your passion. This means shaking hands, greasing wheels, and shamelessly promoting yourself. Simply locking yourself in a room won't cut it – you need to put yourself out there if you want to achieve the success you desire.

“If you truly love what you do, investing in yourself is never a burden.”

Investing in yourself and connecting with those ahead of you is crucial if you truly love what you do. Don't let anyone discourage your passion! While entering the industry with caution is important, going all in and immersing yourself in knowledge will help you master your craft. Diversifying your talent can be helpful but don't spread yourself too thin. Focus on your passion and let it flourish to stay competitive. Pursuing your career in art takes courage and determination, and with a combination of caution and ambition, you can make your dreams a reality.

In this episode, Mark Damian, an internationally recognized touring and session drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and mix engineer, sheds light on his journey in the art industry. He expounds on practical strategies that can help aspiring artists get started in the industry and ultimately rise to the top by pursuing their passion. Tune in to gain valuable insights!

Key Learnings from the Episode:
[05:43] Mark’s journey as a drummer and how he got to where he is today.
[13:31] How to continue to learn and grow in your career as an artist.
[32:52] How the pandemic crushed the art industry and how Mark navigated through it.
[39:16] Mark's strategy of facilitating his connections and engagements with his fan base.
[46:33] How Mark navigates the business and the creative side of his business.
[49:58] What does working from your happy place mean to Mark?
[54:03] Mark's advice to young artists wanting to make it in the industry.

About Mark Damian –
Mark Damian is an international touring & session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, music supervisor, and mix engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s performed and recorded with bands, singer-songwriters, and DJs, appeared in music videos, TV commercials, and product demo videos.
Mark has produced a catalog of original and co-written music as well as film trailer cues, video game music compositions, sound designs, has mixed short films, documentaries, feature films, and works as an audio post-production engineer and music supervisor for national television programs.

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