When the pack sticks together - Little things stay small
Do you enjoy being taken advantage of?
The answer to that question to the question should be, no. Who in their right mind would want that? There is an old mindless saying “There are no victims, just volunteers”. I say its mindless, because it came from a fraud. The individual had nothing more in mind than taking advantage of unsuspecting clients. People that just wanted to make their way through society, and accomplish what they set out to do. They had no idea, that someone that they trusted would take advantage of them. Whether it was the money they were charging, the promises that they couldn’t keep, or trying to abuse them in another way.
This individual that took on shady practices, justified themselves with that mindless statement. I tend to cringe, when saying it. “There are no victims, just volunteers”. Really? Do people just open themselves up to having their hearts, money, and life stolen from them? I don’t think so. Are some people gullible to a degree? Yes. However, it doesn’t mean that they are volunteering themselves to be a victim. Let me make this clear to you. When someone volunteers to participate, they do so with expectations. Which should always be backed by a legal contract. Never enter any business relationship without one. It will save you a great deal of heartache and frustration. All of the following titles represent people that know what they are doing ahead of time. Before they talk to you, they are well aware of what they are going to sell you on. There will be a list of services, and different levels in which their “pitch” will address.
· Music Manager
· Record Label
· Art Designer
· Radio DJ
· Session Musician
All of their stories of success will sound appealing. They will even convince you of being something that you are not. If you believe in them, you truly are being defined by their “no victims, just volunteers” clause.
Learn not to volunteer to succumb to pressure or influence.
One entertainer and famous singer once said the following: “Fame and fortune, how empty they can be”. “Who cares for fame and fortune, they’re only passing things”. Those words may sound familiar to you. The person that echoed those words, knew what they meant. He lived a life around fame and fortune. In the end, it did nothing but ended his life too soon. There are countless other artists, that have fallen victim to fame and fortune. They didn’t take the proper steps to ensure the longevity of their emotions and health. In addition, they were too eager for record deals, that often paid off more to those that were “supposed” to be watching after their artist. Did they classify them as a “volunteer to be victimized”? Possibly. Only those involved know the true story.
The key thing to remember, is to always protect yourself with someone that has your best interest at heart. Not someone that you just met off the street. Certainly, not someone that the record label or manager knows personally. My suggestion is to use someone that is totally independent from the situation, and has nothing to gain. Except for their lawyering fee’s. That too, would have to be agreed upon upfront.
You are reading this article and questioning the source. You only know me from Country Music Vibe, and are not sure if I ever sang a tune in my life. Well, that wouldn’t be true. I sing quite often. However, I do not sing professionally. Though I have spoken to people directly regarding their experiences. After hearing it one time, you say that it “takes two to tango”. Then you start to hear it happening more and more, and people start to distrust everyone that they come in contact with. Now, an individual with totally nothing to gain, can’t be trusted because he is asking for nothing in return. In a way, it’s like any relationship. There are good experiences, and there are bad ones. Most of the time, the bad experiences ruin it for the next professional.
The result now, is that those with shady business practices are making it difficult for those that are truly trying to make a honest career. I have been creating this brand Country Music Vibe for 8 months now. In all the time, that I have spent dealing with music professionals. At times, it has seemed like a roller coaster ride. There has been ups and downs. Time’s like I felt like giving up, and times I have been happy with the results of our brand. To this day, I believe there are really good people. However, there are those that forget how small they are.