Today, I offer advice for musicians as I was interviewed by one of my team members. Self confidence issues are something that plague many of artists in the back of our minds and I go in depth about how I found ways to move past these crippling mental blocks.

Beth Matthew started working on my team in February of this year doing a variety of things including research, Women of Substance review board and community manager of the Female Indie Musician Community. Like myself and many other artists, Beth came into her own as an artist later on in life while raising her family. This interview is full of great advice for musicians who are dealing with fear and self confidence issues or overcoming obstacles in their music journeys.

Bree’s artist journey:

  • Always a singer
  • Performing solo and in groups
  • Earning a degree in music
  • Searching for ways to pursue music in the mid 90s
  • Bad experiences with bands

Obstacles in music career:

  • Vision issues since birth
  • Living with Crohn’s Disease
  • Performing and mentoring during health difficulties
  • Always a trial to hold you back

Mental blocks and fears Bree worked through:

  • Being alone on the stage
  • Working on movement and stage presence
  • Being comfortable in your own skin

Developing confidence over time:

  • Had to develop confidence at a young age
  • Trying to be someone else on stage
  • Afraid to be authentic going into a solo career
  • Breaking down the wall between myself and the audience
  • Releasing snide comments

Advice for musicians:

  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Be productive but don’t pressure yourself
  • Setting up action steps to reach goals
  • Make small strides toward bigger goals
  • Find your productive time and take advantage of it

To find more inspiration, listen to the latest podcast interview with Jennifer McGill. Another great resource is my free SMART Goals Workbook, where you will learn how to set achievable goals so you can earn more money from music.


Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists at Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic