If you’re an independent musician, artist, creative writer or even a programmer, working with a company is the best way to ensure that your works are protected and that you earn copyrights to perform derivative works and earn royalties for your songs. However, you might have heard horror stories of creative people working with companies and reverting to the indie because of the freedom and “hassle-free” system it provides. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages about the two.
Being Company Backed
When you’re a company-backed artist, writer, or musician, you’ll be signing a contract that protects your rights to your work and tells the responsibilities the company and you have with each other. The company or sponsor is usually responsible for investing in your work, promoting and marketing your work and “producing” your fame. However, they also have a stake in your work and this might affect your creativity and methods of making music.
As an independent band, you take care of everything, from accounting to the gas money you need for your next event. Also, you’ll need to charge rates based on a majority rule; if most bands play for free, you also play for free. However, most often you’ll receive adequate pay. As an independent musician, your money is what you use for album productions, hiring stage hands and other details. However, you get to choose where your musicianship is going and everything else that goes with it.
Today, try asking some people, such as your friends or family, if they’re bored about the life they live right now. When you ask this question, you yourself find it boring to continue living a routine-based life. Routine enables people to provide and ensure stability in their survival, but it also makes them dull, a “living dead” like most storytellers and novelists tell a life without any “colour”.
Generally, people react instinctively to survive rather than to do something that would jeopardize their stability. Even if people find something a compelling cause, the problem is that it could disrupt their already peaceful way of life and in turn, it makes everything stagnant and routine, which makes for what people call a “boring” life.
This is where the importance of determination enters. Determination is when you are convinced that you need to do something to stop something or make something. However, what breaks determination is when you have a lapse of reason and you give in to your natural instinct of preserving a stable organization of your life.
However, if you crave change and you want your life to have a more “colourful” turn, you will need determination. Determination is deciding to break something to rebuild it in a way that you would like to see or experience it. If you find that breaking and rebuilding something is worth your time and ensures productivity, then go for it. That is determination.
Honest insured drivers are the ones paying for the great number of fraudulent whiplash compensation claims in the United Kingdom, and they’re paying heftily. Research from insurance company Aviva indicates that honest drivers are actually paying £118 yearly for insurance premiums. With insurance companies powerless to question most whiplash injury claims, they lose £2 million yearly to compensate fraud claims.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) also made its own research regarding how the fraud whiplash claims affect their honest drivers. Their data indicated that from 2011 alone, the car insurance premium was at £440. ABI’s Nick Starling said that people saw whiplash as a payout day, when the real injuries can really leave one short even with the compensation they receive.
The Ministry of Justice said that innocent drivers are paying because of the “highly organised” activity of claims management companies, personal injury lawyers and medical claims panels who work together in profiting from letting fraudulent whiplash claims win their case.
Former justice Jack Straw mentioned that England and Wales are now the people with the weakest necks in Europe.
The Ministry of Justice, together with the government and insurance companies, have planned a return to the no win no fee claims system and having an independent medical board analyse and investigate injury claims more closely with maximum scrutiny to resolve the whiplash injuries issue.
Sometimes, when you have so much fun, people might tell you to act your age, which can make you feel silly and then finally shape up. Society accepts that to act as your age is a sign of maturity. However, if one acts his or her age, one might ask how these “grown-ups” find fun and passion in their lives.
The societal impression of an adult is to have so many responsibilities that they could juggle properly. If you’re already working, capable of starting a family, have a house for your family and secured the educational fees and future of your children, you are an adult. What puzzles an older generation is that today’s working generation, the generation ‘X’ of the 90s, are “not acting their age”.
My mom continues to ask me why I do not start saving for my future house and plans for a family. I told her it’s because I don’t feel the need to. Then she told me what kind of adult I was. I wanted to answer back, but instead, here’s what I thought: If that’s what being an adult means, then I’m collecting responsibilities just to prove myself. In this case, I’d rather not prove myself to anyone any longer.
In reality, there’s nothing bad with the socially-acceptable notion of being an adult, but for me, I think an adult is one who knows when to have fun and takes responsibility and credit for their actions, either good or bad. I think an adult is somebody who understands the nature of a situation and creates a solution. I also think that an adult is someone who knows that they have an independent choice and they should go by their own choices and be responsible for such.
PPI claims companies often forward their best claims experts, but why some do not work out is because of the lack of customer information. Claims experts need to know every detail in your PPI claim including some delicate financial information. Working effectively with a PPI claims expert means giving them trust, and keeping in mind these other points.
1. They Cannot Read Your Mind
Right during your first meeting, tell your claims expert what you want them to do with your PPI claim and what you hope them to achieve, but only by presenting what information about your claim you have. Present your billing receipts and PPI terms of contract with them. These will help them give you an estimate about the actual amount of compensation you could actually get. If it does not meet your target amount, consider the facts first before complaining about their skills.
You want regular updates from your PPI claims expert, but you cannot blame them about irregular updates especially if you two live quite far from each other. When choosing a claims management company, consider the location of the claims company or the claims expert’s residence is only within the city or only 30 minutes away from your home. While claims experts can update you using their mobile phones and emails, personal discussion is more effective in making a claim successful.
3. Be Patient
Claims experts are also not miracle workers; they can process your PPI claim one step at a time to ensure all details are considered as well as its success. Be patient if the claims expert’s updates on your claim are quite slow. You don’t have to worry about the fees you’re paying them because they know they work under a no win no fee basis.
Speaking of no win no fee, always make sure to work with no win no fee claims management companies such as ppitemplateletter.co to ensure you have no financial obligation for inadequate or mediocre claims work.
A compensation claim is specifically complicated if patients do not understand their role in the situation. If a patient’s injuries or added complications are a direct result of a medical professional’s error, the patient can make a medical negligence compensation claim. However, it is important that patients understand clearly their legal role in the situation.
Medical groups and health boards, who run most hospitals including the NHS medical services, have a default responsibility to compensate and help with the betterment of patients after the victim proves that a medical expert is at fault. A victim could easier prove his or her medical professional committed an error by knowing their legal position.
Victims must know they have a legal right to make a complaint against the medical professional, but the victims must have the evidences necessary to prove the truth in their claim. Victims must have themselves medically checked by at least two medical professionals in the same field as the offending medical professional. Their medical opinion and evaluation based on the medical certificate will greatly help in the medical negligence claim.
Victims can choose to recover first before making their claim or have a claims management representative to make the claim as they recover themselves. Claims management companies often provide a no win no fee basis of service, see www.MedicalNegligenceClaimsCo.org. With the exception given by medical authorities and the government in terms of severe medical negligence cases, most of the time victims get all the compensation they deserve and need not pay anything to their claims expert upon winning or failing the case.
If you’re planning to get financing on this new year, you’ll need more than just a stable job and good haggling skills to get a good deal on a mortgage or loan. You’ll need a good credit score. While many may view it as a big nuisance and responsibility, your credit cards are actually key to improving your credit scores. If you make good on it, it can get you that triple A rating you deserve. Here are some tips how.
1. Get a Low Limit Credit Card
If you are not much of a shopper, getting a low-limit credit card is important. Low limit cards are advantageous because you can repay them easily on a monthly basis and even if you miss your repayment once or you pay for the minimum fee, you can still repay your debts in full on a monthly basis. The easier to manage the card is, the better.
2. Pay On Time and In Full
Paying on time and in full is an important factor when improving your credit scores. Sure you might have been late repaying in full your closing costs for a mortgage last year, but you can improve your credit scores if you repay your credit card regularly with its full amount. Paying in full can merit you a top credit score in just a few months.
3. Use Your Actual Money
Why many people get into debt and bad credit scores is because they use their credit cards like personal bank accounts. While credit cards present the advantage of getting financing for the things you want, reserve it only to finance the things you need. When you want something, saving money is more apt than using your card. You save yourself the hassle of filing documents and you have no beef with any lender at all once you’re through
Creativity is not just because a person can live in another world while he or she lives in a reality shared by other people. Creativity is also based on the past a person has. Personal history plays a great role in your creative ventures because your style of art, the theme and message of your work and your identity is implanted in the product once you finish it.
An artist who denies his or her own past can make use of that denial as their inspiration for the arts. Cultural artistry and creativity is rare, but is the most honest expression that one could find. Artists with depressing histories, such as pre-WWII paintings and those that were produced during the war evoked the emotion and outlook of the people during the era.
This is why artists should paint first, then examine what they feel about themselves and their paintings once they are done or they cannot add any more detail to their artwork. If you want to improve your product, always try to look inside yourself first and set the standards that you want. It is natural for an artist to paint, write or make a song that is initially sub-standard as randomness opens ways for possibilities.
Always consider examining your personal history, no matter how painful, in inspiring yourself to make art. The emotion of pain or happiness, and the events that trigger these emotions, are what is most important in making quality art.
Lately, I’ve been staying away the Internet for a while and I’m actually writing this post from a computer notepad. I’ve stayed offline and plugged off the network because I understand now that why I lack concentration is because I give in easily to the temptation of distraction. Why I haven’t got a song to show to you guys is because I haven’t finished what I started nor could I get what I wanted out of the song.
Concentration is not one of my best qualities, and yes, I have to force myself to do one thing and focus on it to achieve something. Somehow, even if I grow a bit tired from it, I can produce good things when I force myself to concentrate. But in terms of art, that’s where I’m actually feeling the perils of concentration taking its toll on myself.
I’ve written about how traveling helps me concentrate in making the songs I want to do and the stories I want to write. However, when I traveled, I did get inspired, but I didn’t finish anything. I just had a good set of ideas that landed everywhere, collected and kept for later use. Still I can’t bring myself to do them. Why I shut off the Internet today is to bring myself to do these things.
Procrastination is the result of the lack of concentration; it’s tiring to concentrate, which is why one puts off such work and focuses on another so that they have a fresh mind when they come back. However, the fresh mind says otherwise to work on the task, which makes the entire detail of going back and forth a waste of time.
I should really get back to doing my work and concentrating.
As a writer, I grew up just inside my house. With nothing to do, I imagined places that I found in books. My uncle used to buy me picture books of planets and outer space. I was, for a time, an aspiring young astronomer. My parents bought me a telescope kit and I found all the planets when I was a kid. I was amazed at the possibilities of outer space.
Now that I’m grown up, I began writing about the possibilities of time travel, how string theory can be intertwined with fiction and how many things in the future can appear as we have imagined now. My point is that with your environment and the things you are exposed to, that’s where you get inspiration to do things that you might otherwise not have imagined without proper stimulants.
So, when contending with a writer’s block, traveling is one solution. Getting inspiration from foreign places helps stimulate your mind about making a situation and how the place or the mood of the place, country or landscape affects the entire thing. A love story set on the moon while putting facts and fiction together can make an interesting story. A beach story featuring an isolated, scientifically-active person and a happy-go lucky woman can make a good love story.
There are endless possibilities and combinations that you might find when it comes to getting inspiration. The only things you need to do is to look, observe and imagine. And of course, writing really, really helps, even if they sound gibberish at first.
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