Listening

In my large and surprisingly diverse family, being opinionated is the norm. I don’t think any of my relatives will quibble with this — in fact, many of them are proud of it, and see it as a sign of strength. So I grew up talking a lot, trying to be truthful and saying exactly … Read more

Benefits of schmoozing with the Listers

What have you done for your career lately? Almost any professional field will include plenty of discussion of networking, and according to LinkedIn, 80% of professionals believe networking is essential to a strong career, and nearly all surveyed favor face-to-face meetings for building stronger, long-term relationships. Working in the arts, most of us are perpetually … Read more

October download

You’ve all heard us harangue you about how much every performer needs a website. It’s true, and I’m standing my ground. You really do need one. But here’s a little tool that can actually help you get started. Our conversations with various Listers over the years have shown that one of the biggest stumbling blocks … Read more

Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

Making Social Manageable — our Group Coaching session for March

Group coaching announcement for March 2022 — Making Social Media Manageable on March 19. Register at laurislist.com/events

UPDATED: New (and free) program in January

[This post was originally posted automatically as a December project, but we have since decided to move this program to January. See the updated dates below. But you can still apply now!] While COVID numbers are getting better and the arts are opening up bit by bit, a lot of performers are still feeling very, … Read more

Fourteen ways to annoy a job lead

Please don’t make the folks behind the table make faces like this… We list a lot of different things on the Lauri’s List site, including both public and members-only jobs and gig listings.  Some of these require quick action, and we’ve discovered over the years that even some of our more experienced Listers (me too!) … Read more

Bulletin markup and hymnal flagging

Pencils ready? Here’s an odd little topic to either make your life easier or make you crazy. This may not seem to take real skill, but it’s a technique that can not only make your life easier, it can make you look really, really good. (Huzzah for that!) All the pieces Every singer who has … Read more

In praise of partnerships

This is not a post about romance. But it might be about loneliness. Don’t worry, dear Listers – I’m fine. No cry for help here. But I’ve been keenly aware lately that the pandemic has left a lot of very creative people adrift, and even now that the light is shining through the clouds, there … Read more

Cherished music from the past…and a little reminder to protect it

I have a sad tale that many musicians share: I once lost ten years’ worth of digital recording files due to the unexpected failure of an external hard drive. I had chosen carefully, protected the drive from the usual threats (heat, surge, virus, etc.), and it was only about three years old, which is about … Read more

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