Debra Recommends Music, Money and Success

Debra Russell recommends, licensing, music business, music for film and TV

The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry

by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec

My friends, Jeff and Todd, have written a comprehensive and incredibly informative book about the world of music licensing.

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The music and entertainment business means money for songwriters, composers, recording artists, musicians, music publishers and record companies. Whether it’s videogames, worldwide blockbuster movies, television programs which make instant stars, advertising commercials touting products via hit songs and records, cell phone ringtones or downloads and subscription services, Music Money And Success tells you how the business works and where the money comes from in every area of music. Whether you’re just starting out, looking to move up to the next level, been making a living in this business for years or are a major superstar, Music Money and Success is the blueprint for your financial success. This well reviewed book is now in its fifth edition and has been completely revised with updated information.

Now includes a section of entertainment law contract templates

Written by well-known industry insiders, Jeff Brabec, VP of Business Affairs for Chrysalis Music and Todd Brabec, VP of ASCAP

Endorsed by Billboard, Vibe, the American Bar Association, The Hollywood Reporter, Library Journal, Entertainment Law Reporter, and many others

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Debra Recommends Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Debra Russell recommends, Feng Shui, organization

How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness

by Karen Rauch Carter

Karen is a friend of mine – and she’s sure helped me with a few of my Feng Shui challenges!

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“Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life is home improvement, entertaining, educational hilarity that will have you smiling while scrubbing and glowing in the feng shui flow. Martha Stewart, move over. Cuddle up and declutter with Karen.” — Denny Fairchild, author of Healing Homes

“This book is a page-turner and one that cannot be put down until the last page is read. It offers vibrant new directions to those who are lost in life; it is an oasis in the desert.” — Professor Lin Yun

“With wisdom and humor, Karen Rauch Carter has taken the best-kept secrets of feng shui and made them accessible for everyone. Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life is funky, fun, and filled with practical information to create harmony and balance in life.” — Denise Linn, author of Sacred Space

Denny Fairchild author of Healing Homes Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life is home improvement, entertaining, educational hilarity that will have you smiling while scrubbing and glowing in the feng shui flow. Martha Stewart, move over. Cuddle up and declutter with Karen. — Review

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Debra Recommends The Magic of Thinking Big

Debra Russell recommends, law of attraction, success skills, belief, goalsby David J. Schwartz

I recommend this book with one caveat. I’ve seen clients mistake fantasy for goals. Setting goals to make $10,000/month from their music in 3 months when they’re currently barely pulling in $50 a week from their music. Yes – it is key to think big. And it’s also important to make a plan with incremental steps to reach the big picture.

On the other hand, if you decide that you could never reach your dreams because their too big to be realistic – well, you will indeed be proved right. Not because you couldn’t reach them but because you were unable to take the risk of thinking big. And that’s why this book is a critical piece of your entrepreneurial mindset.

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One of the world’s foremost authorities on motivation, Schwartz shows how thinking big can bring big results. Learn how to set high goals and exceed them in a big way with this easy, step-by-step approach.

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Debra Recommends The Law of Attraction

Debra Russell recommends, law of attraction, success skills, belief

The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

by Esther and Jerry Hicks

This book has had a profound affect on my experience of my world. Ironically enough, much of my growth around this area started with Seth Speaks which I read around the same time that Esther Hicks discovered it.  Having lived in Sedona I have a healthy mistrust of things woo-woo – but I’ve personally experienced things in my life that could only be explained by the Law of Attraction and implementing these concepts actively and intentionally has changed my life for the good.

Amazon’s review:

This book presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Within these pages, you’ll learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe, the Law of Attraction. (that which is like unto itself is drawn). You’ve most likely heard the saying “Like attracts like,” “Birds of a feather flock together,” or “It is done unto you as you believe” (a belief is only a thought you keep thinking); and although the Law of Attraction has been alluded to by some of the greatest teachers in history, it has never before been explained in as clear and practical terms as in this latest book by New York Times best-selling authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks.

Learn here about the omnipresent Laws that govern this Universe and how to make them work to your advantage. The understanding that you’ll achieve by reading this book will take all the guesswork out of daily living. You’ll finally understand just about everything that’s happening in your own life as well as in the lives of those you’re interacting with. This book will help you to joyously be, do, or have anything that you desire!

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Debra Recommends I Am A Professional Artist

Art and Entertainment Industry, Music Business, Success

The Key To Survival and Success in the World of the Arts

by Gilli Moon

My dear friend, Gilli Moon, brings a level of reality to this topic filled with illusions and lies. And she does it with great humor and compassion. A fellow TAXI Road Rally speaker, she created Songsalive! and several other resources for musicians. I’ve also interviewed her for the Artist’s EDGE Membership.

Amazon says:

Some say succeeding in the Arts as a professional Artist is all about fame and fortune. So much of our desires are based on false illusions about the industry and what we read in glossy magazines.  Being a professional Artist is a life long journey of becoming who you want to be, and achieving success through what you love to do.  It’s about living your dream.  It’s also about setting goals that you alone determine if they have rewarded you rather than what the industry defines as success.

The Arts industry, whether that be in music, theatre, film, writing, dance or any business about Art, can be cruel and very un-artistic. It’s often about survival, especially survival of the fittest.  It can feel like a competitive war against large corporations, those who judge you (which can even include your family) and the other artists who are also climbing their way to the top.  Gilli Moon, artist, author and record company owner, brings to you her first book, I Am a Professional Artist offering Artists who’ve chosen the professional path, practical steps in harnessing one’s creative abilities to succeed and survive in the Arts and enjoy your artistry at the same time.

Including interviews with various professional Artists, I Am a Professional Artist combines a self-empowering practical guide in surviving and succeeding in the Arts with key business principles and spiritual nourishment. Consider it an Artistic soul’s survival guide in business!

I AM a Professional Artist follows 2 simple principles: If you want to be a professional Artist, the first thing to realize is that you have to be two people: An Artist, and a Business person. The second principle is based on her own coined phrase: The three Os: Optimism + Organized equals Opportunity I Am a Professional Artist will certainly change the thinking of any professional artist who may doubt themselves or their art, who may feel pressured by the industry, or may feel the hardship of the roller coaster ride.

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Debra Recommends Feng Shui for Dummies

Debra Russell recommends, Feng Shui, health and wellness, organizationby David Daniel Kennedy

What I love about this book is it takes a system shrouded in mystery and woo-woo and gives the reader a pragmatic and usable understanding so you can apply this to your own space.

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Take a look around you. What do you see? Whether or not you’re aware of it, your environment profoundly affects your health, wealth, family life, relationships, and yes, even your destiny. Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), which means wind water, is the ancient Chinese study of harmony and energy flow between you and your physical surroundings. You can enrich every aspect of your life by applying Feng Shui principles to your home (inside and out) and workplace (from window office to cubicle).

Feng Shui For Dummies is for anyone who seeks a better life. This clearly written, concise, and easy-to-understand guide can help anyone to:

  • Create harmony and happiness in your relationships
  • Increase your prosperity
  • Eliminate chronic patterns of failure, difficulty, and stress
  • Energize your home or workplace
  • Enjoy better health

This book shows you how to feel and access the energy of your environment (it’s easier than you may think!). Find out how your environment influences your life right now. Use the solutions in this book to overcome obstacles and enhance the positive. You’ll be sure to feel the before-and-after differences.

Feng Shui For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • The meaning and history of Feng Shui
  • Making the most of the space in your home, both inside and outside
  • Tapping into the power of the five elements
  • Boosting your career
  • Jazzing up your bedroom for increased health, energy, and romance
  • Performing blessing ceremonies
  • Cleansing and curing with meditation

Within the past 10 years, Feng Shui has gained widespread popularity in the West. Today, more and more people from all walks of life are practicing Feng Shui and experiencing the positive benefits of auspicious placement. This book shows you everything you need to know to help improve the flow of harmony, creativity, and abundance in your life.

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Debra Recommends The E-Myth Revisited

Debra Russell recommends, business management, business success, systems

Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

by Michael Gerber

The brilliance of Gerber’s approach to systematizing your business has made a significant difference in my success and the success of my clients.

Amazon says:

In this first new and totally revised edition of the over two million copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business — from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed — and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether it is a franchise or not. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

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Debra Recommends Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Debra Russell recommends, emotional intelligence, success skills

by Daniel Goleman

Much of my work with private clients and in my Success Skills classes for the Membership are based on the concepts explained in this seminal work.

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New York Times science writer Goleman argues that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged.  He defines “emotional intelligence”?a trait not measured by IQ tests?as a set of skills, including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships.  Although his highly accessible survey of research into cognitive and emotional development may not convince readers that this grab bag of faculties comprise a clearly recognizable, well-defined aptitude, his report is nevertheless an intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery.  In marriage, emotional intelligence means listening well and being able to calm down.  In the workplace, it manifests when bosses give subordinates constructive feedback regarding their performance.  Goleman also looks at pilot programs in schools from New York City to Oakland, Calif., where kids are taught conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Debra Recommends T-Tapp – The Easy Way to Get in Shape!

Debra Russell recommends, health, well-being, weight loss, fitnessI started using the T-Tapp rehab program after I had been bedridden for several years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It was the first form of exercise that did not cause me to relapse.  I found myself with more energy and better balance.  And I began to see my stomach muscles again!

Since then, I’ve lost over 20 lbs, gone from a size 14 to a size 6 (and counting!).  I take my T-Tapp DVD on the road with me, as it’s the only exercise I can do inside a small hotel room.  I truly believe that this exercise program made a tremendous impact on my road back to health!

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Debra Recommends Cashflow Quadrant

Debra Russell recommends, business success, financial freedom, Rich Dad

Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom

by Robert Kiyosaki

This brilliant look at the four kinds of business people had a significant impact in how I think about myself and my business as well as what I teach in Business Management for the Creative Mind

The Cashflow Quadrant is the follow-up guide to finding the financial fast track that best works for you. It reveals the strategies necessary for moving beyond just job security to greater financial security by generating wealth from four selective financial quadrants.

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