Podcast Episodes

006 RMP: Maylee Thomas – Musicians: How to Give More of Yourself and Win

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 6 of the Rip’s Music Podcast where we make your music your business. In today’s show we talk about giving more to your art.

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Are you playing like it’s your last gig?

Do you use your gifts daily to make the world better, even if not directly related to music?

And are you giving all of yourself to others and your art?

Gospel singer, Maylee Thomas, talks about her 25 year music career, starting the Love Life Foundation, and how she and her husband built the Guitar Sanctuary to immerse themselves in their passions and make music their business.

Watch the Video:

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In this interview:

  • Find work to sustain your music and your life
  • Always have a product
  • Don’t forget the EPK (electronic press kit)
  • Keep your name in front of your audience


  • Offer quality – always
  • Turn a personal tragedy into energy for change
  • Be bigger than yourself and serve others


  • Don’t be afraid
  • Refuse to allow people to intimidate you
  • You don’t need anyones’s permission to do something great

Click here to visit Maylee Thomas’ website or the Maylee Thomas Band on FaceBook.
Click here to to find out more and about the Love Life Foundation.

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How to Become a Successful Professional Artist/Musician – 004 RMP

Are you being true to yourself with your art?

Have you defined whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional?

How can striving for security negatively affect your work and your life?

And, how does sacrificing your art for money affect you in the long run?

Turning Pro w/ David Borenstein in 004 RMP

Turning Pro w/ David Borenstein in 004 RMP

Today, I chat with painter, David Borenstein.  He is a prolific fine artist and has been a professional painter for over 50 years! He has copied over 90 oil paintings directly from the Great Masters, and has original paintings in major galleries all over the world.

Let’s listen, as David shares how his obsession to paint allows him to travel the world, live like a gypsy, and make his art his business.

In this episode, David shows us some key points to being the artist you want to be:

Look for ways to earn using your unique skills.
Balance the commercial and the creative.
Study the masters.
Teach better students.
Work towards a bigger purpose.


Here are some insights to today’s talk with David Borenstein.

Look for ways to earn an income using your unique skills as an artist, even if it’s small. David was drawing people on the street for the train ride home. You could busk with your buddies, take on students, or record other people’s music as a side man.

You don’t have to wait to make it big to be a musician or an artist. Sometimes, you have to take on other jobs to survive. And, that’s ok. But, if being an artist is your chosen purpose in life, you have to integrate supporting yourself and staying true to your art.

David talks about balancing the commercial and the creative. You have to eat but, it’s also your duty to create great art. If, we aren’t pure in even the more commercial aspects of our music, then people lose trust in us as artists.  Think about other artists who seem to only care about the money.  Compare them to those whose songs or paintings stay with you for a lifetime. If you give of yourself fully, even in a commercial setting, the money will follow.

David reminds us to study the masters. Learning what great artists have done before not only teaches better techniques, but allows us to create from an inspired place. Legendary drummer, Tony Williams, once said that learning exactly what drummers played on their albums allowed him to play what they didn’t, thus developing his own sound and a new approach to the instrument.

If you have students, teach better ones. Look for ways to share your knowledge at a higher level. It’s easy to stay with beginners because we have the material down. Plus, there will always be new ones. But, that’s a surefire way to stagnate.

Do you have a student that is moving into intermediate level playing? Bring them in to teach some beginners with you. Create an apprentice relationship. Give them a discount on their lessons or split the earnings from the students they teach.  It will re-enforce the apprentice’s knowledge, allow you to add more students, make time to focus on higher level students, increase cash flow, and build recognition for yourself.

Teaching at a higher level will also improve your own abilities and inspire you to create better music.

One last thing David mentions, is to

. His goal is to open a fine arts academy overseas, where he will paint masterpieces and take on higher level students. The galleries, the students and the portraits, all are in line to get him closer to that dream.

My dream, is to create a business around helping musicians achieve their dreams. This podcast, seminars and workshops, even someday opening a professional music academy are ways for me to achieve that goal. My personal practice, performing and teaching are tools for me to give better content and art to the world.

How are the activities you’re pursuing helping you achieve your goals and get you closer to that dream?

Turning Pro w/ David Borenstein in 004 RMP

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Stay True to Your Music & Your Family – RMP 003 Jerry Rizzi

Could teaching others help you learn more?

Is your belief system strong enough to keep you in the game?

And, are you being smart about your current situation?

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My guest is Jerry Rizzi, an active composer, teacher and performer.  He has studied under some of the best artists from a variety of genres, including: famed bassist, Jimmy Garrison of the John Coltrane quartet; and classical cellist, Seymore Benstock.

Jerry has worked with legendary jazz guitarist, Joe Monk, and is active in both New York and Texas music scenes. He maintains an extensive private music teaching, recording and performing schedule.

His new album, Driftwood, can be found on iTunes and his website – www.jerryrizzi.com

In today’s show, Jerry talks about:

  • Using routines to keep up with chops and non-musical tasks.
  • Matching the funds with the creativity.
  • Money from other sources doesn’t have to take away from the art.
  • Being committed and staying true to yourself.
  • and, Recalling the impact you have on others.

Today’s show now has VIDEO!


Watch and listen as Jerry Rizzi shares his life as a busy musician and single dad.