James Newcomb is a professional trumpet player in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he has been featured as a soloist with the military band as well as his own solo endeavours.
He is the host of two podcasts: Trumpet Dynamics and the soon to launch, MusicPreneur: Making Money Making Music.
KEY EPISODE INFO
James’ Key Points
- Convincing others that my passion will prevail.
- Learn how to monetise your abilities
Create high-quality content and people will follow as word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool.
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/musicpreneur16
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/musicpreneur16
- Website – http://musicpreneur.com/
- Email – email@example.com
- “I was in the US Army for two different stints.”
- “I decided that music was going to be my profession.”
- “Although I’ve very good at playing trumpet, the people I’m competing against are much better.”
- “I decided to go back into the military and 3 turned in 4 and 5 years.”
- “We played music in support of the military.”
- “I struggled with nailing down a core audience.”
- “I am more involved with my trumpet that ever before but I hardly play at all.”
- “I sometimes get burned out.”
- “My biggest marketing in word of mouth.”
- “I knew if I put out quality content, people would listen.”
- “The value of getting people to know, value and trust you.”
- “Musicians are graduating from college and thinking ‘what do I do?'”
- “Learn how to monetise your musical abilities.”
- “I saw myself as directly contributing to something that was morally wrong.”
- “My wife made it clear in no uncertain terms that she did not support my decision to leave the military.”
- “I just had to man up.”
- “I wake up everyday and do the work I want to do.”
- “My success rests on me.”
- 0:30 – The first career of many
- 1:55 – The realisation
- 2:20 – Official discharged
- 2:30 – Being a musician in the military
- 3:10 – Free entertainment
- 3:45 – The call out
- 4:20 – The idea
- 5:30 – Time to focus
- 8:30 – Top priorities
- 10:35 – The void of entrepreneurship for musicians
- 12:00 – Naivety
- 13:14 – Education…. Now what?
- 15:13 – Conditioning
- 18:00 – What forced the change?
- 20:15 – The challenges
- 20:51 – Overcoming my biggest challenge
- 22:20 – The second challenge
- 23:09 – The third challenge
- 24:06 – Time to man up
- 25:45 – Was it worth it?
- 26:36 – Guest links