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    Episode 253: How to Increase Your Writing Output

    There are many amazing writers who go unknown because their output doesn’t match their skill level.  The words come easy to them but the productivity doesn’t.  So in this week’s episode of Super Duty Tough Work, Blueprint and Illogic speak about how to become a more productive writer and give 11 tips on increasing your writing output.  Because being a skilled writer means nothing if you aren’t sitting down to write often enough to get…

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    A Sneak Peak at Chapter One of Blueprint’s Upcoming Book “The Social Media Cheat Code”

    By now you all know that Blueprint’s new book The Social Media Cheat Code, intended to help artists and entrepreneurs with social media is shipping on Friday June 25th. In anticipation of the book’s release, we’ve decided to share the first chapter of the book with you.  The chapter is titled “Get in the Stream” and delivers an inspiring message about why artists should have a strong presence on social media and lays out exactly…

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    Episode 252: How to Become a Better Writer

    As artists, we are firm believers in the power of writing.  Across all mediums, the ability to express ourselves is key to executing our ideas effectively.  Yet, very few academic curriculums express what it really takes to get better at writing.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down nine things that your english teacher never told you that you needed to do to become a better writer.  Hit the link to watch or listen…

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    Episode 251: Fear of the Unknown

    One of the most important attributes of successful people is their ability to adapt and consistently learn new things.  Unfortunately, most adults fall into the trap of believing that learning ends when their time in school ends.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down seven reasons why people are so scared of learning new things and why you can’t let these things hold you back.  Hit the link to watch episode 251 Fear of…

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    Episode 250: Planning to Fail

    There’s an old saying that goes, “he who fails to plan, plans to fail” that refers to how important planning is in achieving our goals.  And even though we all know this saying is a fact, we often fail to plan, which opens the door for our failure.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down how their lack of planning in certain areas has caused delays in their art and discuss the subtle signs…

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    Episode 249: Mental Health and Creativity with Dr Alex MacNeil

    Although we’ve had several requests over the years to do an episode about mental health topics, we’ve always been hesitant to cover it since it’s such an expansive topic. That changes this week as we invite Dr Alex MacNeil onto the show. Aside from being a hip-hop head and a fan of the podcast, Alex is a practicing clinical psychologist from Boston, MA. In this episode, Alex and Blueprint break down several topics related to…

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    Episode 248: The Health is Wealth Challenge

    Although we spend a lot of time speaking about how to be the best artist you can be, we have never touched on one of the consequences of putting your passion first, which is your health.  In many instances, the most driven artists are the most susceptible to health problems due to the sedentary lifestyle and high demands of the field.  We think it’s time to start promoting good health as much as artistic excellence. …

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    Episode 247: Why Artists Procrastinate

    Although we spoke about procrastination in our Self-Sabotaging Behaviors episode a few weeks ago, we didn’t have the time to dive as deeply into this topic that plagues almost everybody.  So in this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, Blueprint and Illogic have a conversation about the truth behind why artists procrastinate so much.  Because there are a lot of valid reasons that it happens that most of us are unwilling to…

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    Episode 246: Avoiding Perfectionism

    In last week’s episode, while speaking about self-sabotaging behaviors, we touched on something that is ever present in the mind’s of artists–perfectionism.  The belief that our art can and must be “perfect” before we share it with anybody is one of the most prevalent beliefs in the creative field. It starts with good intentions–wanting to be the best version of yourself–but it often ends with a bunch of great art being shelved and never shared…

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    Episode 245: Self-Sabotaging Artist Behaviors

    While there are many artists who never reach their fullest potential due to outside forces, there are also a lot of artists who fail due to their own mismanagement of their career.  Just when things start to look good for them, they make bad decision after bad decision to set themselves back.  The culprit behind their failures is something that is rarely spoken about–self-sabotage.  In this episode of Super Duty Tough Work, Blueprint and Illogic break…

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    20% Off All Books This Weekend Only

    This weekend only, we’re having a 20% OFF flash sale on all of Blueprint’s books.  There are four titles in total with his most recent title being The 10 Traits of Successful Hip-Hop Artists, which was released this past fall.  Here are the titles: The 10 Traits of Successful Hip-Hop Artists What a Night: A Book About the Worst Shows of My Career The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture Word is Blog: Volume One Between…

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    Episode 244: The High Price of Fame

    While every artist wants to be successful and famous, most have never given any thought to how it would change their lives.  They think being a public figure is all sunshine until they are faced with the additional responsibility and expectations that they never imagined when they went down that path.  That pressure can be a lot for some to take.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down things that people are never told…

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    Episode 243: How I Became The Mayor with Emily Keller

    One of the biggest benefits of being a touring artist is the number of interesting people artists meet from all over the world.  That’s certainly the case for this week’s guest, Emily Keller, the mayor of Hagerstown, MD.  Long before becoming the mayor, Emily was a big supporter of Rhymesayers, forming friendships with them at the shows she attended. Little did we know that she would eventually try her hand in politics!  In this episode,…

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    Episode 242: The 10 Biggest Music Industry Myths

    As two artists who have been a part of the music industry for the better part of twenty years, we’ve seen a lot.  Along the way, we’ve seen a lot of artists get disappointed because they made assumptions about the industry that simply weren’t true.  We’ve even believed many of these myths at different points in time.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down ten big myths in the music industry in an attempt…

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