Artist Insider 12:3 – Mike Nolan – Visual Writer | June 30, 2006

Insider: Mike Nolan

Artist tend to see the world different from most, Mike tells about how he sees the world. He also tells some about the business side of the print world.

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  • What is the process of designing a brochure?
  • Please define “call out”
  • What type of books have you written?
  • How is working with Michael W. Smith?
  • What is the range for an in-house writer?
  • Do you charge different amounts depending on where a client is located?
  • How many pages of text is one 30 minute tv show?
  • How do you decide how much to quote and the structure of the quote?

Monday we will continue with Mike, looking more about the business side and earning a living being a freelance writer.

Running time: 11 minutes 49 seconds

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Artist Insider 12:2 – Mike Nolan – Mimic | June 29, 2006

Insider: Mike Nolan

Everyone makes mistakes; Mike talks a little about what he does when he does.

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  • Have you become a Marketer and Salesman?
  • What is the difference between being in-house and freelance?
  • Flexability is important?
  • Have you truly bombed at a job?
  • How do you get out of a low point?
  • What is ghost writing like?
  • What about writing bios?

Tomorrow we move in to using words as pictures, writing books, and the beginning of price structures.

Running time: 12 minutes 25 seconds

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Artist Insider 12:1 – Mike Nolan | June 28, 2006

Insider: Mike Nolan

Today, we start a great interview with a wonderful author Mike Nolan, who had been mentioned by a previous Insider, Bernie Sheahan.

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  • How do you describe what you do?
  • What was your first experience as a copy writer?
  • What, in college, prepared you to be in an ad agency?
  • Any more advice to people about to start in a career?
  • Guidestar.org – Connecting people with nonprofit information
  • Who do freelance writers write for beyond ad agencies?
  • What have been some important experiences?
  • How do freelance writers get jobs?

Tomorrow focuses more on the different types of jobs a freelance writer might have.

Running time: 11 minutes 36 seconds

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Mike Nolan | June 28, 2006

About:
Mike is a freelance writer and has been for many years. He discovered his talent when he was very young and went on to focus on it in college. He has authored many books, both as a ghost writer and original pieces. He has written tv series, documentaries, infomercials, and much more. Read more

Artist Insider 11.5: Dennis Dearing – One-Man Band | June 27, 2006

Insider: Dennis Dearing

Today is education and business day.

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  • How do you work on improving your craft?
  • What trade magazines would you recommend?
  • Who do you follow, study, or have been mentored by?
  • What is the legal structure of your production company?
  • Any tips for someone who is looking to start a company?
  • Do you outsource any professional services?
  • Any suggestions for creative types who want to build a business?
  • How can people contact you?

Tomorrow, new interview with someone who had previously been mentioned on the show.

Running time: 10 minutes 57 seconds

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Artist Insider 11.4: Dennis Dearing – Who | June 26, 2006

Insider: Dennis Dearing

Lots goes into making one single CD quality song, today Dennis talks a little about it form a producer’s point of view.

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  • What is producing like?
  • How do you explain the role of a producer?
  • What is the range for a lower budget song?
  • What else determines the budget?
  • Is it hard when an artist hears that they are looking at wasting money?

Tomorrow is the last day with Dennis, the foci includes improving his craft, business structure and practices, and more suggestions.

Running time: 11 minutes 11 seconds

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Artist Insider 11.3: Dennis Dearing – 42.7% | June 23, 2006

Insider: Dennis Dearing

Co-writing, a magical time, is the main focus today.

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  • How did you get the gig as a writer for Benson Music Group?
  • How did you get that introduction?
  • What exactly is a draw?
  • With writing, is it either you have it or you don’t?
  • When co-writing, did you normally have collaboration agreement?
  • Have any of your co-written songs been used in ways you don’t approve?

After a break for the weekend, we will return with a segment on producing, where Dennis will wear his producer hat and tell about that process.

Running time: 10 minutes 33 seconds

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Artist Insider 11.2: Dennis Dearing – Different Animal | June 22, 2006

Insider: Dennis Dearing

Today we focus on session work. A side of the music industry most outside the industry does not know about.

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  • Do you do a lot of demos in one day?
  • How much would a musician receive for a demo session?
  • What is the next level up from demos?
  • How busy are top session players?
  • For one song, about how much are the musician fees?
  • How common is musicians not playing in the studio recording?
  • How did you get into writing?

Next free segment focuses on song writing.

Running time: 10 minutes 29 seconds

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Artist Insider 11.1: Dennis Dearing – Producer Extraordinaire | June 21, 2006

Insider: Dennis Dearing

This first Free Segment with Dennis focuses on his college years, where he played on a record, played at Opryland, and toured with a band.

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  • Did you do a lot of guitar playing in High School?
  • What opportunities did you get because of attending Belmont?
  • You know how to play Make Me Ready?
  • What all was planed out when you were touring while in college?
  • Pointers for potential session players
  • Could you start with the basics of session work and build up to advance levels?

Tomorrow focus shifts to demos, both the creation process and as a career path.

Running time: 11 minutes 43 seconds

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Dennis Dearing | June 21, 2006

About:
When he was four years old, Dennis received one of his best Christmas gifts ever, a tiny Roy Rogers acoustic guitar that began his love of music and specifically the guitar. After high school, he moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, an institution which boasts such former students as country stars Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood and Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Dennis studied Music Business, played guitar for the university’s group, The Belmont Reasons, and received his BBA. Read more

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