March 31, 2009

Calm, Cool and Collected

Our biggest opposition.

Our most dangerous enemy, more often than not is ourselves.

If you can manage to not self destruct.

Victory is yours.

Nine out of ten men are suicides.
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 30, 2009

Organizing Your Community

You are a part of many communities.

Overarching communities and smaller sub set communities.

Some are well organized others are waiting for someone to organize them.

Recognizing and tapping into your potential communities is a great opportunity.

Don't miss out.

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 29, 2009

Looking for Beats?

If you're an artist and you were unaware of this resource, I suggest you check it out asap!

Hot beats from a who's who of producers, all available for purchase.

PMP Worldwide

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 28, 2009

Being True to Self

The pursuit of music continually presents challenges unrelated to the actual artform.

The continual chatter of music politics, opinions, and segmentations within the genre all have the power to mold your taste as an artist, if you allow it to.

But the closer you are in tune with your own perspective, your own likes and dislikes, the less all of the exterior chatter will affect you.

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 27, 2009

Back to the Basics

In your career as an artist, when in doubt get back to the basics.

Technological advancements empower us just as equally as they stifle us with information and option overload.

These are the basics:

1) Stay on stage.

2) Stay in the studio.

3) Stay cutting edge.

Everything else is extra curricular.

Wishing you continued success*

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 16, 2009

Organization Is Everything

As we increasingly move towards a world in which infinite amounts of content can be easily stored and the devices in which data is stored become more compact, organizational skills become increasingly important.

Our personal and business lives fail or succeed to a large extent on our ability to successfully access data or information at a moments notice.

This is what has brought Google so much success.

This is what accountants help people do during tax season.

This is what has enabled the microchip to dominate the foreseeable future.

In the music business this singular skill has the ability to truly magnify your sphere of influence.

Managing your email list, important contacts, and calendar are all directly related to organizing information.

Managing your budget, time, and energy all boil down to organizational skills.

This being the case I suggest we all start consolidating all of those loose spiral notebooks, sheets of paper, binders, business cards and other bits of information most of us having lying around all over the place.

Early to bed, early to rise, organize, organize, organize. (Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth)

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 10, 2009


When your expectations are exceeded by what you thought was even possible, you will remember forever.

That is what we should strive to give, be and create.

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez

March 1, 2009

LLC Vs. S-Corp

Today I spent a portion of my day organizing receipts.

It's tax time again and if you own an S-Corp taxes are due on March 15th.

I've had an S-Corp for 3 years now and I believe this will be my final year using this legal entity.

I have always liked the idea of being able to sell stock, the sound of "inc." after the name of my company and the fact that corporations as legal entities have been around for so long that what they legally can and cannot do is pretty well laid out.

But I primarily use my S-Corp for tax write offs and for asset protection. And over the last couple of years, by trial and error have learned that the best legal entity for my needs is an LLC.

LLC's have less paperwork associated with maintaining them, the businesses taxes can be filed right along with your own individual income tax, and all the while you maintain the same level of protection.

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to see the light, but in 2009 I'll be saying so long to my S-Corp.

Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez