Not a single independent musician is invincible when it comes to rejection and haters so booking can be a hassle. Using these strategies will help you deal with rejection while staying positive so you can always put your best foot forward.

Unfortunately, even the most successful independent musicians are not immune to having challenges. The world is full of  haters and rejection, so going out for gigs, doing live streams on social media and asking for support can conjure up criticism that is detrimental to growth and success. Having the proper strategies to learn from and deal with these situations will ultimately lead to growth, both as a musician and entrepreneur.

Successful independent musicians who deal with rejection:

  • Reframe rejection – know that it might be a sense of taste
  • Know that it’s often not about them
  • Don’t ignore their feelings – are vulnerable and seek support
  • If the best effort is put forth, remain proud and move on
  • Are thankful for the closure – don’t beat a dead horse

Successful independent musicians who deal with haters:

  • Having them is a badge of honor
  • Don’t engage, delete
  • Let your supporters do the dirty work
  • Be open to the content of the criticism, not the spirit my which it is given
  • Keep a Fan & Media Praise File and read ir when haters strike
  • Guard your heart – appoint a gatekeeper


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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 Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic