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November 27, 2007

How to Sell 15,000 CDs in 18 Months

More than 1,000 people watched this video in the first three days after it was posted. It's an inspiring interview I did on a whim with musician Terry Prince, shot a couple of weeks ago on the Santa Monica Pier.

If the video player doesn't appear above, you can view it here:

Do the math. He makes more than $8,000 a month/about $275 an hour playing part-time. Some people doubt his sales figures (which would average 27 CD sales per hour). But, according to Terry, "that very doubt will keep them from manifesting the desired results."

It was a rare cloudy and windy day on the pier when we shot the video. Normally, it's sunny and crowded with tourists. When you consider that his tip bucket sits right below his CDs and sales sign (which allows people to drop ten buck in and take a CD while he's playing), he really could generate 25 or more CD sales per hour.

I have no way to verify Terry's claims, but I also have no reason to doubt him. What do you think?

Pardon my hair. The wind was giving me a nice Donald Trump effect :-)


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posted by Bob Baker @ 3:47 PM   3 comments


At Nov 29, 2007 2:47:00 PM, Anonymous ramon yslas said...

Bob, thanks for posting this, it's exactly what I tell my students about ( I teach music business at Pasadena city college, and I am a professional musician). "go where the people are"
thanks again..
sincerely, ramon yslas

At Dec 8, 2007 8:14:00 AM, Blogger Belee said...

Sounds like he has strong personal development skills which drives him to continue doing what he was born to do. So important if you are to succeed in any field.

At Dec 22, 2009 6:09:00 PM, Blogger eleetmusic said...

Brilliant. Regardless of the actual number of CD's sold, this guy has the right idea. Thanks for sharing Bob.




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