In Episode 15 of The Mindful Creator, I chat with Charlotte Eriksson, also known as The Glass Child, a talented independent musician from Sweden who left home at 17 and moved to London to dedicate her life to music and writing.
Through a hell of a lot of determination, grit and honing of her craft in the years since, Charlotte has successfully started her own label (Broken Glass Records), released 5 critically acclaimed albums, had a single, ’I Will Lead You Home,’ reach #2 on the Swedish iTunes-chart and was named ”Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year” by Lemonade Magazine.
This episode digs deeper into the challenging journey of the independent artist, the tension between the call to create and the need to build a platform to be heard, and how Charlotte managed to remain deeply committed to her craft while doing whatever it took to build a life from her art.
In this Episode
- Charlotte talks about her introduction to music, the process of leaving Sweden by herself to start a life in music, and the year + she spent essentially homeless traveling from city to city in pursuit of the dream
- Charlotte’s first year in London as an 18-year-old budding musician and how a drive to just learn her craft and the industry shaped that experience.Charlotte: “I realized quite fast that the way that I want to build my life is doing everything by myself.”
- Where craft and practice and self promotion can coexist, and the importance of revisiting your why constantly to keep grounded in the former.
- Why Charlotte doesn’t look at her art or work as a project or career but as her life, and why that dynamic prevents her from doing anything that she doesn’t find true joy in.
- Why we live in an era obsessed with bottling success and why our impatience may rob us of the chance to get really, really good at something.
- Brett: “I can’t imagine living or creating anything where the only reason behind creating was an exit plan for my life or a means to an end.”
- Charlotte: “That finish line should be the last day of your life if you’re wanting to create something of real impact.”
- Why creating a life of love for what you do will make the “how” of getting to the desk each day more and more irrelevant.
- The delicate balance of dedication and determination and how to approach those days where you just don’t feel like doing anything.
- The self awareness needed to understand when resistance is at play vs. time to step back and take a break.
- Charlotte talks about the last years making her latest album and how she learned to better identify when she needed to push and when she needed to recharge and get inspired.
- The importance of not forgetting to live your life and using those experiences to fuel your creativity.
- Why beating yourself over the head to push through the resistance isn’t always the best route.
- The danger of becoming too focused on the outcome of your art and how that can stunt your growth as a creator.
- Charlotte’s experience with in-person networking and self promotion and how that taught her to recognize and accept her inherent strengths as an artist (and why she’s subsequently built the majority of her community online).
- The importance of building success in your own distinct vision, and why no one but you can determine the nuts and bolts of it.
- Taking a deeper look at bravery and courage in the face of our biggest challenges.
- Why carefully building your success brick by brick – in your own vision – will help you achieve a deeper freedom and appreciation for what you’ve built.
- Why real long-term security doesn’t come with the lure of short-term fame and success.
- Brett talks about getting out of alignment with writing and his journey to discovering what he really resonated most with creatively.
- Why caving to the pressure to be heard can disconnect us from our deeper purpose.
- The importance of embracing the parts of your journey where mistakes outweigh successes and understanding that every piece – good and bad – has its place.
- Charlotte talks about her process for growing an audience for her music.
- The simplicity of “you are your ideal audience” in building a community for your work.
- Why marketing is really just about connection and creating an experience. The rest is smoke and mirrors.
- Real connections with real people is the only long-term approach for building community – there are no tactics in the short term to buy you’re way into the kingdom.
- Charlotte talks about the process of connecting with one person at a time and what the day-to-day interaction with her community looks like.
- The difficult balance of making time for craft and time for the people that support your craft, and why staying human no matter what will always work out in the end.
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