There are a lot of myths about what "Indie" means. The term has been hijacked by labels and publishers to make them look more relevant or "cool", which only confuses some people as to what "being Indie" is all about.
The proper definition of Independent has several meanings:
1) Not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
The term Indie (short for Independent) encompasses all of these definitions into one set of ideals - a lifestyle if you will. It's a belief that the art you craft, whether it's stories, music or movies, is a business, and should be treated as such. Being Indie means you make decisions without emotion to your craft and with a business mind. It means you, not some other organization like a publisher or record label, control every aspect of your business.
It's A Business!
For entrepreneurs, there is no "label" that can give them a huge advance (yes I know there are VC's, but most businesses don't get funding, and that's a whole different animal anyway).Entrepreneurs work very hard, pushing through very long days to reach goals and make it happen, because if they don't, their business will die.
True Indies have the same mentality. They want to build a business from their talent. They learn from mistakes. They outsource what they don't know. They make livings realizing their vision. They follow the same path a start up business does. In fact, if you ignore the product, you could hardly tell the difference between an Indiepreneur and an Entrepreneur.
If you ask an Indie if they would sign a contract, the answer is a flat out NO. There's no thinking about it, they don't even need to hear the terms- it's a NO every time. Why? They want to control their own destiny.
What Indie is NOT
So, Are YOU Indie?
Being Indie is hard. Creating your products (music, books) is tough by itself, but then you need to market it, deal with technical stuff (that probably isn't your strong suit) and a string of other things to make it all work. Oh, and you have to balance all of this with your personal life. Some might look at this challenge and run, but not you. Nope, you just want to know what you need to do to get started. Well, here ya go...
Take Advantage of the Freebies
Get A Website
Market Yourself -> Get Yourself Out There!
Ready To Go, But Need A Little Push?
Beginning in late Spring, Phibble will be airing weekly television episodes that feature Indiepreneurs who are doing it. They'll tell their story, including how they made things happen and how they failed. It'll be just the inspiration you need to get off that couch, turn off the TV and start making your Vision a reality!
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