The Entrepreneurial Musician

I had an inspiring time speaking with Andrew Hitz for his podcast The Entrepreneurial Musician. Here’s Andrew’s summary of what we talk about: Dana Fonteneau, the woman behind the WholeHearted Musician and the author of It’s Not (JUST) About the Gig: A Musician’s Guide to Creating the Mindset Which Leads to Career Success and Fulfillment, […]

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What To Do When You Feel Like Quitting: How I Took My Life in Music and Created My Own Successful Career Path

  Have you ever wondered if you chose the right career? Have you ever felt like tossing it in and doing something non-music or non-performing related? After spending my life (age 2-age 29) devoted to being a classical cellist, I took a chance (that’s putting it lightly) and went back to school to study psychology. […]

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Why I Have Hope for 2017 and Three Ways to Stay Sane During Uncertainty

  I’ve thought a lot about the transition for this new year.  Never before have I heard on a grand scale people desperately ready to end a year and start another. Facebook, in particular, shows this sentiment where over and over people’s rage and frustration got expressed towards the year. I even know a friend […]

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The Dark Side of Success…Thoughts on Musicians and the Post Concert Blues

Today’s the first day I’ve felt hopeful, inspired and motivated in about three weeks. I’d been going non stop since last January where every month since then had some “big thing” and I never had more than a day or two to slow down before revving up for the next project, talk, workshop, presentation, interview […]

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I Used to Think That Freelancing Was a Dirty Word Until…

  I was working with a very talented musician over the summer who after two sessions said to me, “You know, I used to think that freelancing was a dirty word. I used to think it was the last resort if I couldn’t win a job. But now I see it means that I can create […]

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“Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming!”

  “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” -Dory the fish in Finding Nemo According to Facebook, the WholeHearted Musician blog is exactly three years and one month old today. I found an old post I wrote celebrating that it had received 1000 views. My Blog, the Wholehearted Musician, is officially one month old today and has […]

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What if Being Nervous Could Work to Your Advantage?

  Nerves. Jitters. Stage Fright. Fear. Performance Anxiety. No matter what you call it, I’m here to tell you that the experience is valuable and even helpful.       SAY WHAT?! Stop talking CRAZY Dana! Are you saying that my butterflies, shaky hands, sweaty palms, dry mouth, or tight throat can actually help me? […]

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Happy New Year!

  Wow! What a year it’s been. It just takes my breath away. I’ve fallen off the grid a bit with this blog. But I’m back now and I appreciate you for hanging around. How were your holidays? For me, the holiday season has been eye-opening. I’ve had an unusual amount of downtime and also […]

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Fear or Love: Which Do You Choose?

      Last Friday during a break in a busy day of clients, I went to check my phone and see a text pop up on the screen from my step-daughter saying “I’m alive.” I stop what I’m doing: “WTF?!” I unlock the screen and see another text saying “It’s horrible what’s happening here.” I […]

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Could You Live on a Dollar a Day?

I caught myself falling into a deep pit of self-pity, worry and fear-the trifecta of anxiety and the death of inspiration and creativity. It seems that no matter how many times I help others conquer their fear, I freak out and get into catastrophic thinking when it’s my life and I’m in a transition of massive […]

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