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Be Ready

Good Morning beautiful friends

I want to tell you a story.

Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted ๐ป๐’ฐ๐’ข๐ธ things and she was so motivated that she forgot to prepare & ended up missing ๐’ถ ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐’ฝ๐“Š๐‘”๐‘’๐‘œ๐“…๐“…๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“‰๐’พ๐‘’๐“ˆ. Itโ€™s me. Iโ€™m that that girl.

When I was 22 I was so motivated in all of the ways and after months of looking finally found Willie Nelsonโ€™s manager to whom I sent an email asking if they accepted unsolicited material (many times in the music biz you have to be represented by someone like an entertainment lawyer or management for a label to even consider allowing you to send them any kind of demo) the manager himself replied and said โ€œnot usually but go ahead and send it... โ€œ ๐”ธโ„•๐”ป ๐•€ โ„•๐”ผ๐•๐”ผโ„ ๐”ป๐•€๐”ป. Not because I wasnโ€™t was because I wasnโ€™t ready. I hadnโ€™t laid the groundwork yet and I didnโ€™t have a demo worthy of sending yet. I jumped the gun because I got excited and I missed out.

There was a time not so long ago that I reached out to a former member of The Eagles. Yes you heard me right

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This is the convo

โ€œHi Don, I know this is a complete shot in the dark but i still had to try:)

I am a singer/songwriter and my husband and I are just starting our newest album. I am just simply looking for a chance to have someone listen to a few songs. I have to take chances and you just happened to be one of them:)

Take care-

Jonelle Carterโ€

To my absolutely shock Don Felder messaged me right back with this -

โ€œHey Jonelle,

Shots in the dark always hit something eventually. I'd love to hear some of your songs. Where and how do I do that?


But I didnโ€™t have anything to send him yet. Nothing that was ready enough anyway and that opportunity slipped right through my hands.

Iโ€™ve learned over the years that being ready and laying that groundwork is the absolute most necessary step to becoming successful. You wouldnโ€™t sign up for a marathon and not train, right? Same thing. You canโ€™t jump right into the glory without the guts.

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that you must be ready for opportunity at all times and since

nothing feels like itโ€™s moving forward right now with the state of the world, this would be a good time to do the dirty work. Planning, practicing , training , learning , goal setting, vision mapping...all of these things will prepare you for the finish line. Some of the steps are going to suck and feel mundane- do them anyway. Some will feel impossible-they are most definitely not. Your reward will come!

Have a great weekend!

Get planing!


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