FEM165 Stop Waiting For Permission To Start A Music Career with Rebecca Hollweg

start a music career

Being proactive is the secret to Rachel Hollweg’s success as a musician. She wouldn’t sit back and wait for someone else to help her start a music career, she got in the middle and did it herself.

Rebecca Hollweg didn’t wait for the stars to align to start a music career. In fact, she jumped right in and never gave up, even though finding success was different than her lifelong idea of what success looked like and how it would happen. Her persistence over the years has built a successful musician career where she has released three albums and toured Europe, Australia and America and even involves her young daughter. Rebecca Hollweg understands the struggles of being a mom and a musician and has some great advice for musicians to start a music career.

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start a music career

start a music career

Starting Her Own Record Label

  • Frustrated with not getting a record dealstart a music career
  • Encouraged by her musician husband to start the label
  • Took her success into her own hands
  • Saw several “next big thing” artists get signed and dropped

Balancing Touring and Family

  • Had someone in the audience hold her daughter at her first gigs
  • Bribed her daughter with ice cream to get her off of the stage
  • Her mother and mother-in-law helped out
  • Daughter has played at some of her gigsstart a music career
  • Has found a way to balance and work it out on a gig by gig basis

Booking Gigs

  • Does her own bookings
  • Has booked large festivals through a connection to someone
  • Share your credibility markers early in a conversation with a potential booker
  • Share press quotes and media coverage
  • Has gone back to focusing on making personal connections

Fan Engagementstart a music career

  • Uses Facebook
  • Maintains a handwritten list of her e-mail list in case the digital list is ever lost
  • Uses Mailchimp to manage her email list
  • Building up her YouTube channel
  • Has embraced Spotify



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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram

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