Category Archives for "Podcast"

How Recording Studios Can Get (and Stay) Out Of Debt

Podcast Episode 57: How Recording Studios Can Get (and Stay) Out Of Debt

Brian and Assistant to the Regional Manager, Chris, discuss a big topic for people worldwide: debt. Many people struggle with debt, and Brian and Chris have had their fair share of experience on the topic. They give their advice on the matter so you can learn from their mistakes.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Good debt vs. bad debt
  • Why you should not buy gear you can’t afford
  • How taxes can bite you
  • How sports relate to finances
  • What you can do to get out of debt
  • Why we gravitate towards things we’re good at and ignore things we’re bad at
  • Why you should get credit early… and use it responsibly
  • Why you should audit your expenses regularly

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Three Fundamentally Different Business Beliefs That Will Make Or Break You

Podcast Episode 56: Three Fundamentally Different Business Beliefs That Will Make Or Break You

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio, Chris rants about irresponsible business partners and contractors. Brian brings the discussion around to talk about the three business beliefs that can make or break your business.

Listen to the episode to hear Chris and Brian discuss the ways that you can nurture or kill your business.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What you can learn from John D. Rockefeller’s business model
  • Why you need to keep your word and be trustworthy
  • Why the end doesn’t always justify the means
  • How random outcomes can affect your decisions
  • Why cause and effect can mess you up
  • Why you should under-promise and over-deliver
  • How adding value affects your relationships
  • What you can do to turn customers into evangelists

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Can You Have A Successful Career By Ripping Off Other Producers?

Podcast Episode 55: Can You Have A Successful Career By Ripping Off Other Producers?

 

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian talk about the danger of getting stuck ripping off someone else’s work.

 

To have a long-lived career in audio, you have to ensure that what you’re doing is unique and original to you. Imitation is not the way to go for long-term success, though it may be necessary when you’re first starting out. Listen to the episode to find out more!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the three phases of your creative career should be
  • Why copying the exact sound on a reference is bad
  • Why you should mold the sound around the project, not mold the project to the sound
  • How to transition from imitation to innovation
  • What is profitable and marketable vs. what is creative
  • Why there is no “flow state” when you’re ripping off a sound
  • How music is a universal language that is better than words
  • Why you need to say “no” when bands want you to copy another engineer

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What Drug Dealers Can Teach Recording Studios

Podcast Episode 54: What Drug Dealers Can Teach Recording Studios

What does your studio have in common with the neighborhood dealer? You might be surprised!

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian discuss how you can adopt a drug dealer’s business model to hook people on your studio’s services for life. =

Listen to the episode to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why the system drug dealers use is viable in the studio world
  • How you can think of “bite-size” pieces of your product to give clients a free sample
  • When a free sample isn’t necessary
  • Why some people have a tough time giving out free samples
  • Why you need to be a giver
  • Why you need to have a boundary when it comes to free samples
  • How giving a free sample can avoid issues down the road

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1 The Six Figure Home Studio’s Guide To Gear (For Recovering Gear Sluts)

Podcast Episode 53: The Six Figure Home Studio’s Guide To Gear (For Recovering Gear Sluts)

Deviating from the norm, Chris and Brian do away with the Gearslut Alert and devote an entire episode to gear. They discuss the obvious interfaces and microphones, but also tools to make productivity while traveling easier, desks, and more.

Listen to this episode of the podcast to find out what tools they recommend for every studio owner, the answers might surprise you!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What imposter syndrome is, and why it will hurt you
  • The 80/20 principle when it comes to gear
  • Why you should only purchase gear that you will use almost every day
  • Why you should seek out gear that makes you work faster
  • How you can improve your morale and workday by using a standing desk
  • Why you should not follow Brian’s lead and buy a cheap chair on Amazon
  • What your mindset should be when considering new gear
  • Why you should go for the plugin version of your favorite gear
  • Why you should never go into debt to buy gear

How your favorite equipment could be holding you back

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Why Every Home Studio Owner Should Have A “Do NOT Do” List

Podcast Episode 52: Why Every Home Studio Owner Should Have A “Do NOT Do” List

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast Brian Hood and Chris Graham discuss the benefits of a do not do list. Having this list and checking it twice before moving on to your to-do list can help you structure your day and life in a much better fashion to become more productive.

Listen to the episode now to find out the benefits you can reap following this system!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need policies of not doing certain things in your life
  • How these boundaries for yourself will help your life and business
  • What Winston Churchill and Harry Truman did that you can do too
  • The danger of updating your systems on a Friday
  • How to 80/20 the unhealthy tendencies in your life
  • Why you might need to take advantage of parental controls on your phone
  • What you need to do to recognize your weaknesses and ensure they don’t cause your downfall

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Why Are Audio Engineers So Bad With Relationships?

Podcast Episode 51: Why Are Audio Engineers So Bad With Relationships?

Chris Graham and Brian Hood discuss the abysmal track record audio engineers have in their relationships, both personal and business.

Find out some key tips on how you can improve your relationship skills to improve your business and your life simultaneously!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why many audio engineers struggle with long-term relationships of any sort
  • What common issue artists have with engineers
  • How tunnel vision will ruin your business and your life
  • Why audio engineers need to acknowledge that focusing on what you’re good at is a bad coping mechanism
  • Why you need to use more than one tool in your toolbelt
  • Why being emotionally intelligent is more important than intelligence itself
  • Why building habit and routine will help nurture and preserve relationships
  • How avoiding time wasters will positively impact your life

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Help! My Clients All Want To Do Their Own DIY Recordings

Podcast Episode 50: Help! My Clients All Want To Do Their Own DIY Recordings

In this episode (recorded live in The Six Figure Home Studio Facebook Community), Brian and Chris discuss a dilemma faced by many engineers: artists who wish to record themselves.

With more and more artists choosing the DIY option these days, how can you add value to them while still providing a service that they can’t do themselves?

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why telling an artist “don’t record yourself” is a bad idea for both parties
  • How you can tactfully work with an artist to help them while helping yourself
  • Why being afraid of rejection will cause you to fail every single time
  • Why you absolutely should not focus on chasing one single client
  • How asking questions will open up new opportunities for you
  • Why you, as a creative, need to take options A and B and find option C
  • How knowing the right services to pitch to an artist working on a DIY project can make or break the deal
  • How coaching and going out of your way to help will get you the job

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How To Answer THE Most Important Question: Why Should Someone Hire You?

Podcast Episode 49: How To Answer THE Most Important Question: Why Should Someone Hire You?

In this advice buffet, podcast hosts Chris Graham and Brian Hood discuss how you can make your business stand out from the crowd. Find out why you need to be unique and what the best methods of doing differentiation are.

 

Answering this one question will set your studio leaps and bounds ahead of the “me too” studio down the road.

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you shouldn’t take revision requests personally
  • Why you need to avoid being overly gear-focused in your marketing
  • How being a “good hang” is more valuable than a $100,000 console in your studio
  • What being “Instagramable” will do for your studio
  • How you can be more convenient for your clients to set yourself apart
  • Why doing revisions quickly will boost your customer satisfaction
  • How being cheaper is the worst way to differentiate your business
  • What Henry Ford and Elon Musk have in common and how it affects your business

Why you need to show your leads how your studio is different

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Side Hustles You Can Use To Transition Out Of Your Day Job (And Into Full-time Audio)

Podcast Episode 48: Side Hustles You Can Use To Transition Out Of Your Day Job (And Into Full-time Audio)

Podcast hosts Chris and Brian discuss the plethora of methods studio owners can use to supplement their income during dry spells. Join them to find out how you can get through the rough patches so you can stay as close to full time as possible in your studio!

Chris also announces his brand new business that will help audio engineers and home studio artists alike – listen to the podcast to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why having a side hustle isn’t selling out
  • Why you need to consider what your side hustle is so you don’t devalue your studio work
  • What skills can be gleaned from side-hustles that benefit your studio
  • Basic non-audio side hustles that can earn you cash
  • Audio-related side hustles
  • How you can harness the “sharing economy” as a side hustle
  • The new business that will let you use your audio skills in the sharing economy while helping home studio owners achieve their dreams

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