3 Apr 2017

The No 1 Reason Your Artist Is A Diva


Artists can be hard work or they make demands that you really don’t understand. They tend to get stressed out or kick off about things that you don’t think are anything note worthy. They can come across as moody or neurotic and you just don’t understand it. You might think that if they were more rational they wouldn’t have so much drama. Unfortunately they can get negatively labelled as a diva but that word doesn’t get to the heart of things. Not even close.

What is the number one reason your artist is a ‘diva’?

They’re scared.

What are they scared of?

  • They’re scared of their album/tour not selling
  • They’re scared of being dropped
  • They’re scared they’re no longer relevant
  • They’re scared they’re not good enough
  • They’re scared they won’t sing well
  • They’re scared of publicly failing
  • They’re scared they don’t look good enough

These fears are legit. I mean, the conveyor belt of artists entering into the industry then being dropped off the end can be brutal. You more than anyone know it’s not an industry for the faint hearted.

The thing is, artists are incredibly vulnerable people. I often say that there isn’t another job in the world whereby you’re under a spotlight and whether you do well or horribly, your performance (and analytics and criticisms) are halfway across the world in 3 seconds flat through social media. The equivalent would be having a desk job and you and your key strokes were being recorded by live stream and if you make a spelling mistake or spill your coffee down your shirt, the bloggers, the press and every news station around the world creates a story around that and it breaks the Internet.

And yes. Becoming known in the public eye is definitely part of the territory but nobody truly knows how all this will affect them personally. The promo, publicity, unsolicited opinions, the trolls, the critics, the touring, the flying, the different time zones, managing all the other areas of their lives as well as their career, and then the singing and everything else takes it’s toll.

Of course, as a good manager, you work to shield your artist from as much of the drama as you possibly can. But sometimes the artists’ troubles exist because of how they think about themselves and their careers. Because your artist’s instrument is inside their body, it is subject to how they think, feel, eat and rest. An artist can be feeling stressed out because of their negative self-talk before anything external has even happened.

So, how can you support your artist to feel safe whilst they do their job so you can get on with your job?

  1. Look beyond the demand or mood. When you remember that at the base of the demand/mood is fear, you can be compassionate as to why your artist is the way they are.
  2. Help your artist look beyond fear so they can feel more centered and have better responses to things like stress.
  3. Get an expert in. For every problem there is a solution and there are coaches and people who are trained to help your artist move past specific problems.

This isn’t really the number one reason your artist is a diva. It’s the number one reason why they’re moody. Or stressed. Or not performing well. It comes down to the basis of a fear ‘programme’ running in the background of the mental computer. The voice can only do so well when that narrative is running and the artist’ happiness and career satisfaction gets capped.

If your artist could do with help with voice training plus psychological strategies such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique – a psychological version of acupuncture, no needles) to help them get rid of nervousness, fear, stress and other nasties that are limiting them then I’m here to help.

You can find out more information about what I’m offering and how I coach here. You can always schedule a chat with me by clicking the Skype button below or scheduling a chat by clicking the blue Contact button in the left hand corner of this page. Chat with me - Sharleen Linton

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