This is an important thread for you.
You are, indeed, never to old to start, however please bear in mind CeilingDuck’s warning that your beliefs WILL influence your outcomes.
Steve Fogal has, like you, made much of his progress by ‘networking’ … by including others in his evolution and by sharing his journey. Do a search through threads and posts - through the years, he has hosted discussions on many aspects of setting up music making. Be sure to return to the various forums, and to give individual credit to people who take time to respond to your request. Also, be prompt in putting feedback into action.
For example - easy ‘do-it-now’ bits of tidying up:
Get rid of the dog pictures. They flicker from picture to picture, and steal attention away from YOU in the video below. Put photo-portraits of YOU up there. Get the lights roughly at your eye level, and a bit to one side, so your face looks three-dimensional … i.e. has some shadow to it. Full face … neutral, angsty, gentle-but-manly smile, neutral, and slightly petulant. Let those be what flick as we watch the video.
Video: Put the lighting on a table, and get much closer to the webcam, so your head, shoulders and guitar can be seen, but not much else. Tidy the room up, or put a screen behind you. Closer you are to the camera, the smaller the screen can be. DON’T apologise for what you can’t do - do the BEST with what you can Do, and if you feel apologetic when looking at the video, do SOMETHING inexpensive, to fix it.
Spoken introduction: Make it shorter, and if you must read it, put it in big writing at eye level, next to the camera, so you are looking AT US.
VOICE your voice is your strong point … I was looking for your ‘Spearhead’ … I watched through your video and I wanted to know the answer to the following question “What Is Your Locus of Leverage?” And Yes Your voice. That final song … Put It First. Just do it. You mentioned you are in the top 63% … well, I do not know the math as well as you do, However, just put that song First, and you will shoot up by an entire 0.3% or even 0.4%. Lose the Drum intro, and tighten up the drum parts on the backing track.
Make the song with the backing track a separate video which will come second in whatever list you choose to make.
Fix this: At the end of your video, there is a menu screen which links to irrelevant items. I clicked, saw a very moving Wedding Proposal in a foreign language. Again, as with the Dog … they are lovely, but they distract from your target. Lose them.
Do Another song … with just strumming guitar accompaniment, but let that be on a backing track, and lets see you sing WIHOUT an instrument … I want to know how you stand and move when singing. Get that camera real close … and don’t have that microphone in the way … stick it slightly lower down or to the side - anything to get a clear line between you and the camera.
Career and Financial Planning:
Keep your other day jobs. These days, everybody needs more than one day-job. Different ones get you different amounts of money. For a while, some will support others, and vice versa. Moreover, different day jobs will provide different Experience, and the impact of that can be cataclysmic.
For example, there is a member here, lifetime musician, who bought, built up and ran a highly efficient and successful bakery, and is now in demand as a consultant. He is a model of excellence to any who need choose and manage people and hardware, placing them in an effective and elegant workflow, to produce high quality product. He comes on to this forum and WHAMMO … a few short years and he is first-league in mixing philosophy and application. Give him another year, he will lead that league. It is called 'transferability of skills. He, like you, is a ‘polymath’ - which means you are able to apply yourself to a variety of disciplines. The broader your experience, the greater impact you may learn to bring to any single point of your choosing.
The First fruits of your Chosen Lifework have a broad base, and for presenting them, I salute you.
Building Credibility and Working with Others’ Feedback to you
I have one more BIG ‘secret’ for you now:
By starting this thread, you have made a Big Chance for youself. Grab It with all your might now. “Is this a joke” was a serious question. Your answer must be in your behaviours now. You can make the changes I have advised within a few days. You have posted elsewhere - others, too, will suggest changes which you may easily make. Do Them Now … for two reasons. Firstly, you can bump this thread and re title it ‘Updated’. That, as they say in MMA, will Send a Message that you Really Are Gunning for Position - you are training heard, and implementing feedback. you will get respect, people will know that there is no joke. They will sit up and pay you the Full Attention you deserve.
You’re new here, so I will share history to explain why there could be concern about your thread being a “Joke”: in past years, there have been people who have come here and asked for advice, and they, like you, have presented work which has countless golden opportunities for magnificent improvement. People who, like you, have been at the foothills of their Everest. However, their motivation has fizzled out, they preferred to talk about why they could ‘NOT’ put the feedback into practice and, eventually, people on this forum lost faith, and started to get off topic, or irritated or exasperated-humour etc etc.
Secondly, people will be excited to be part of your progress. It is a sheer delight to run alongside someone who, every week, transforms and reinvents their threshold of excellence. People will begin, not only to support you, but to Push You Along. In the coming months, you will look back to this day, your eyes will widen, you may say “Feck!”, “Hot Diggety Dawg”, etc, and you will grin widely on the inside.
Again, I salute you. I have more to tell you, however, first things first: I NEED to see how you put feedback into practice, IN ORDER to know Which Bits to tell you next.