Stop Sharing with the Discouragers

Joel Henry Blaeser has always been a musician. After playing in bands in college, he discovered that his true passion is making electronic music on his laptop, completely on his own. Now, a solo artist and music producer and recently listed on Spotify’s Top Ten List of Indie Artists, Joel is well on his way to fulfilling his dream: living off of his music.

As someone who struggles with self-doubt, Joel acknowledges that it’s tough to know when a song is good enough to share. It can also be tough when there are people around you who may not understand or approve of a creative career path. However, with the support of his talented mentors and an amazing sense of discipline, Joel has been able to work through the obstacles preventing him from making music. As an artist, Joel wants to create work that allows him to be personal and relatable, knowing full well that music can emotionally connect to people and help them escape the difficulties of reality.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a freeing conversation with Jeff and Joel about letting go of artistic perfection. Learn about how Joel was able to ignore the discouragers, work through the distractions, and believe in his work enough to share it with the world.



• “My dream is to live off of the music I make and work on for other people.” (05:34-05:41 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “Keeping the ball rolling. I keep reminding myself that music is what I want to do with my short time on Earth. It is the main thing that fulfills me.” (16:06-16:33 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “People are threatened by your dream. And the best way to make sure that they feel good about themselves is to keep you from succeeding in realizing your dream. Because then they feel good about themselves, because there’s someone else that didn’t make it. I call them, ‘Dream crushers.’ And they come right at you face-to-face, boldly and with their arms up.”  (27:27-27:53 Jeff Meyer)

• “Music has a purpose for existing. The great artists, big artists, anyone’s favorite artists, that music does something for you. I think it was the singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, who said, ‘When we make an album, we go into a bubble, and we just think about what we would want to listen to. That’s how we make something original.’ That’s kind of my goal with creating is to make sure that I’m making something good enough that I would listen to. And then from an emotional standpoint, but also obviously a musical standpoint, what our favorite songs do for us, they give us new insight, they get us through hard times, they provide escapism from reality.” (41:01-42:13 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “I’m thinking about luxury items, like stuff that would derail my progress and music. And that was because of that external influence of being in a restaurant. And that kind of ties back into living with and living around people that aren’t doing what you want to do. The extra mile. It can be a distraction.” (46:12-46:36 | Joel Henry Blaeser)



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