Tag

Mella Barnes

/

Get More YouTube Views – Tips for Musicians and Creatives

4 Tips to Getting More YouTube Views and Fans

I am nearing the end of my YouTube project! This post is about *after* you've released your video. How can you get more views? My last post was about how to market your videos, so this post will focus on outreach. You'll want to contact specific people to help you get more views, but who should you contact? And how? Fear not friends, I'm going to walk you through it! More Marketing Tips for YouTube Videos The goal here is to find people who are interested in your topic and to have the right audience. One of the best, but admittedly scariest, methods is to re[...]

/

Common Mistakes of New Session Musicians (and How to Avoid Them)

Mistakes are not the worst thing in the world. Often, they help us learn, highlight our trouble areas and grow. However, mistakes can also cost you jobs and relationships with clients. I’m going to list the most common errors I see in new session musicians (many of which I’ve made myself, so no judgment), and also show you how to avoid them or recover if you’ve already done them.   New Session Musician Mistakes Most of these are in no particular order, except the first one because it’s seriously so important and so few people do it. Even if you[...]

/

Free and Paid Marketing Ideas for Your YouTube Videos

I’ve been on a journey to grow my YouTube channel lately, as I think this is one of the best social media platforms for musicians. I’ve been outlining my process step-by-step, so today we’re talking about free and paid marketing ideas for your youtube videos. If you’re trying to grow a fanbase or get more people to buy your music, you’ll want to promote your videos! YouTube Marketing for Musicians Let’s start with what I know we all prefer: Free marketing methods. These are obviously where you should start, because you’ll get a good idea of what[...]

/

Important Investments That All Session Singers Should Make

A Complete List of Important Investments for Your Singing Career!

People are often shocked when they ask me how to become a professional session singer and I give them a long list of things to buy. Like any business, you need to spend money to make money. For some things, you save until you have the funds, but some things are better to splurge on up front. I’m going to give you a list of things that I feel are worth the investment, along with what I use personally. There is always a cheaper version in case you’re not ready to make that leap, but I feel it's important to show you the reality of the business. Things Sing[...]

/

5 Things to Do Before Releasing a YouTube Video

STOP! Before you upload that YouTube video, do these 5 things FIRST!

If you're a regular here, you know about my YouTube project where I'm trying to get the most out of my YouTube channel, and to help you grow yours also. Thus far we've been looking at a lot of behind-the-scenes tips to make your videos better and help more people find them. Today we'll discuss the important things to do before you release the video.   Publishing and Optimizing Your Videos 1). Preview Your Video on Social Media  I literally never do this and I know I need to start. I don’t even post my videos the day they are made, it’s usually[...]

/

Non-Musical College Majors That Can Help Your Music Career

It's back-to-school season (ugh) and that means a lot of you are off to college. If you're like I was, you're probably "undecided" in your major and not sure where to go. I'm here to help! If you're passionate about music but not sure you want to dive into a music major, there are plenty of options to help your music and life in general. Let's discuss some non-music majors that you can also use for your music! The beauty of a lot of these majors is that they are rather 'open-ended,' meaning you can carve out your own path using your major as a rough guideline. If[...]

/

5 Easy Steps to Make a Great YouTube Thumbnail

If you look at all of the top YouTubers, you’ll see that their thumbnails are not just random screenshots chosen by YouTube. These people put great effort into their thumbnail photo, and for good reason. Imagine you’re at a bookstore, and all you can use to choose to buy are the title and book cover. Suddenly those titles and covers become a lot more important, don’t they? Your YouTube thumbnail is exactly that. It has one chance to draw people in while they’re scrolling by. If you leave it up to chance, it’s unlikely that YouTube will choose a great ph[...]

/

6 Important Policies for Session Musicians

Important policies for session musicians

Today we’re talking about a very exciting and sexy topic: contract policies! I know, you’re probably not jumping out of your skin with excitement, but hear me out. This is super important, and you never know when it might benefit you or your client in some way. Example 1: You are halfway through a project when you come down with the flu. You are bedridden for days, and the client demands their money back. What do you do? Example 2: You haven’t started the project yet, but the client has a family emergency and needs the money back. What do you do? These ar[...]

/

6 Tips to Create Better YouTube Content

I've been on a YouTube journey lately, trying to grow my channel and help you grow yours as well! Today we're talking about how to optimize and improve your content. If you need content ideas, check out my post on that here. Whether you have just started creating a Youtube channel or have been there for a few months already, you will have to maximize this social media platform to  improve your personal or business brand. This is about how to take the content you do have and optimize it for your fans and so YouTube can find it when people search. Content Optim[...]

/

30 YouTube Content Ideas for Musicians

30 Easy YouTube Ideas for Singers, Songwriters and Musicians

I just did a post about YouTube content for Musicians, so I thought it would be cool to create a list of content ideas if you don’t have any idea of what to do. I’ll make these too at some point and we can share. If you end up making one, drop your link in my comments and let me know how it worked out for you! YouTube Video Ideas for Musicians The great thing about most of these is that they're reusable. You don't need to feel weird about doing them a few times, but I would suggest staggering them so you don't do the same type of idea several times in a[...]