No Room for Divas: Why You Should Leave Your Ego Behind


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Published on October 4th, 2016.

This last spring, I watched the band Culture Abuse play the Boise Knitting Factory opening for The Story So Far. Sometime during the set, vocalist David Kelling addressed the crowd, comprised mostly of starstruck teenagers waiting to watch TSSF, with a speech unlike any I would expect to hear at a show that big. “Hey, nobody in a band is better than you!” Kelling said with a wide grin on his face, and you could tell he meant it. “Anything you see us doing on this stage, you can do, too.”

His message was important and one I’d love to hear from artists at any level of success. Memories come to mind of local support bands leaving once they play (and taking all of their friends with them), or stories of touring artists demanding fans to refill their drinks, as if fans should feel lucky to be in their presence (a good friend of mine actually was on the fan end of this). Stay humble and keep a few things in mind.

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The Rapidly Changing Business of American Healthcare

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Originally published on September 27th, 2016.

The world of business and medical care intersect in a unique way where I live in the United States. It’s always changing, as we move toward a socialist system and then get pushed back by lawmakers who are terrified that we’re becoming a communist nation. The industry has changed for better or for worse, and here’s some simple examples of that, as well as how changes in practice have affected the business side of things.

Availability of Home-owned First Aid and Medical Equipment
Availability of Home-owned First Aid and Medical Equipment
The medical industry has made it to the home front, literally. The ability to buy over the counter medicine is the most obvious one. But what is maybe more important is the ability to buy certain medical equipment for your houses. First aid kits, for instance, are common in the average American household. Other pieces of equipment – such as splints and braces, walkers, canes, crutches and more – are available to the general public now days. Furthermore, preventative measures, such as (arguably) breathalyzers, are also more available now. While this may take away money from hospitals, the medical industry as a whole has grown because of it and patients benefit as well on both time and cost fronts.

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Things You Wish You Brought on Tour (But will probably forget)


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Published originally on September 23rd, 2016. 

Next month, I am going on a 10-day tour. As with any trip, I will undoubtedly forget some things, but this time I’m writing a list of things that I might forget. I’m going to leave out “enough underwear” and “a toothbrush” and get to the good stuff. Will it help? Only time will tell.

Read the rest over at Pyragraph.

The Evolving Intersection of Technology and Business

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Originally published on September 21st, 2016.

Business has always depended on technology and innovation. Jobs, throughout history, have consistently changed, been destroyed, and been created due to the demands new technological advances have brought adapting civilizations. Starting with progress in the field of information technology and the invention of computers and the World Wide Web, the world of business has had to evolve rapidly – and at an incredibly fast rate with each new invention or breakthrough.

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Getting Your Employees Excited about Environmentalism

Originally published on my page on September 18th, 2016.

Even in 2016, people still need the extra push to get them to do the right thing. As a business owner and employer, you have a specific advantage in ways to help them! Here’s some ways to get your employees as excited as you are about saving the world around you!

1) Offer Them Prizes!

There’s nothing more immediately incentivizing as compensation for doing good. That said, giving candy bars or soda to those who choose to recycle a certain amount, carpool, or ride their bikes to work isn’t a bad place to start. What you want is for people to start doing the right thing. However, for someone to actually become interested in making a life change, it isn’t so easy. See, immediate incentives help in the moment, but how can you encourage them to make the same choices outside of the office that they’re making for prizes inside of it?

Read the rest here. I originally wrote a long piece, but it was deleted – so this short one had to do.

Five Facts About Birth Injury Malpractice


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Originally published on September 16th, 2016.

One of the most traumatic things a person can go through is worrying about the health, well-being, and safety of their newborn child. Unfortunately, negative things sometimes happen near the time of birth due to a doctor’s negligence. As you will find out below, it’s not uncommon for a newborn to suffer defects or injuries because a Doctor wasn’t careful enough. Here are a few facts about medical malpractice and birth injury that may shock you, but are interesting nonetheless and important for you to know should you be expecting.

  1. General Medical Malpractice is Not Rare
    According to the Washington Post, medical malpractice in America is now the third leading cause of death! A study published in the BMJ cited by the Post claimed that 251,000 lives are lost every year due to doctor irresponsibility. That number is rightfully terrifying, as we depend so much on medical professionals when life gives us bad hands. So you see, this isn’t necessarily a few and far between thing. It’s the third most pressing issue facing our society today.

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Four Things To Take Care Of Before Leaving College


Originally published on September 3rd, 2016.
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So you’re done with college and on to your next adventure! Should you choose to become a traveling nomad, this article may not apply to you. However, if you’re moving to a new place to start a new life as an “adult”, listen up: it’s time to start planning ahead professionally. Here are a few suggestions to get you ready for this new shift in your life.

1. Get on LinkedIn!

Upon leaving college, many of your personal connections will become professional connections. But unlike Facebook, LinkedIn is a place to connect on a professional level. It’s specifically designed to let you see where connections are working and what they’ve achieved in the workplace. Those connections stay important when you’re job shopping or looking for partners on a project and need an industry insider with experience. In addition, many job recruiters are looking through LinkedIn profiles and even using it to screen potential employees before an interview even starts. To be frank, I’ve even been offered jobs through it. In this age, it’s almost necessary to be taken seriously as an employee.

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Music Mailing Lists: Yes or No?

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Published on September 1st, 2016.

I used to get e-mails from Paper + Plastick Records about free downloads once a week or once a month (to be honest, I don’t remember which). While it felt a little overwhelming at times, I also found myself being informed about new bands and releases I really cared about. Bands like Flatfoot 56 and The Braces who I’d followed for years were putting out new releases and I was getting mp3s and updates pretty regularly on their new stuff. Facebook worked for this as well, but I didn’t get free music out of it!

So my question to all of you musicians, label owners, managers, PR guys and gals: are mailing lists relevant nowadays for independent artists and record labels?

Read the entirety of what I wrote here, and respond over at Twitter!

Medical Technology and Malpractice: Are we Shooting the Messenger?

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Published on August 30th, 2016.

Medical malpractice covers a lot of things, but in general terms, it is the third leading cause of death in the United States, the Washington Post recently reported. It’s crazy to think that the carelessness of medical professionals has reached a level of commonality that it’s ranked so high in these terms, but unfortunately those are what the facts say. It’s important, of course, that we do all we can to stop it. However I want to ask a question: with all of the advanced technology in the medical industry, do we ever blame the doctor when we should be blaming faulty technology? Are we shooting the messenger?

And undoubtedly, while technology has helped the medical industry make amazing strides, failures and misdiagnoses aren’t out of the question. While some would view this as a no brainer, another question may be raised: Is it medical malpractice to trust faulty technology?

Read the rest of my jumbled thoughts here.

Be Your Own Record Label: The Essentials of PR and Promotion


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Originally published on August 18th, 2016.

Don’t worry about writing fancy press releases

I personally don’t send press releases anymore. While people have always told me to do it, the times I’ve tried haven’t resulted in much. I’ve even done internships and jobs where I more or less learned a proper way to write one, and I’ve based mine off professional agency examples. But it never worked like I was told it would.

So, that said, please know that this is not an article about how to write a good press release. If you want to write them, do it. If you have a more guaranteed method of grabbing people’s attention with a press release, please let me know.

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