The Millennial Musician Podcast

The Millennial Musician Podcast

Are you an indie artist working hard to create a successful music career on your terms? Then this show is for YOU! Hi! I'm Shay Leonia, a recording artist and Music Career Strategist and I'm ready to share my 20+ years of expertise in the industry along with tips I give my clients every single day. I'll also bring on some pretty amazing guests so we can all learn together. Have a topic you want us to cover? DM me on Instagram @44thminutemedia! Support this podcast:


March 5, 2023 50 min

We've all been there - our dreaded day job running us ragged, any home-life responsibilities, family, friends, and then... music?  And even once you get to music, there's so much unsexy work to do like metadata, registration, emails, oh my!  That's why I'm so grateful to have Suz back on the show who was kind enough to share a bundle of ways we can start automating our lives so we can settle our minds and get back to what...

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Have you ever wondered if you’re suffering from burn out?  I know this phrase gets tossed around quite a bit in our industry to the point where it may feel like a casual occurrence, but today’s guest, Suz Paulinski shares why you should take heed and what signs to look for.  She’s lived the life of burn out and thankfully found support to survive it and become an esteemed music industry veteran in both the mental health and product...
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February 12, 2023 24 min


I felt it was important to share what happened to me this week when I decided to take control of my sexual narrative by way of a risque photo shoot and then subsequently sharing the photos online.  The photographer ultimately handled the situation and was extremely apologetic that my trust was violated in such a way, but it doesn't change the reality that when women try to present ourselves with a narrati...

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As an unsaturated space, musicians are criminally overlooking the opportunity that is being a guest on podcasts.  As of December of 2022, there is an estimate of roughly 700K active podcasts in existence while *listenership is expected to exceed 160 million listeners in 2023 (buzzsprout).  To put it into perspective, compare to YouTube which has over 51 million channels in 2022.  So I decided it was time to bring in ...

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Queen Brené Brown is such an inspiration to us all.  She has taught us about vulnerability, how to work through our shame, and live a joy-filled life.  But when I first heard her concept around "Dress Rehearsing Tragedy" I felt like she was yelling at me!  And that's why I couldn't help but bring you this message today because you just might need someone to yell at you too.  At least you know it's coming with lo...

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Almost reaching 100K visitors each month on their website, Ghost Cult Magazine has just celebrated their 10th year in existence.  The Editor-in-Chief, known as "Keefy" has been holding down the fort with respect, passion, integrity, and a healthy dose of anti-bullshit that any self-respecting east-coaster can appreciate.  I'm grateful to consider Keefy a friend after connecting with him during the... yes, the pandemilovat...

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There is no doubt, a right and wrong way to build your network and subsequently promote your new music.  The stakes are high AF when missteps are made because networking can so easily teeter on the verge of seeming desperate, selfish, or worse... spammy.  In this episode, learn my unfiltered opinion on people contacting you out of the blue to listen to their new song along with the crimes committed when networking.


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Fame, thank you for being my champion.  You loved and supported me even when I couldn't find a reason to love and support myself.  I wish we could have had that lunch we always talked about.  I wish I could have hugged you and told you how much you meant to me.    

May the memory of Fame Tehilla Chaya Cohen be a blessing to us always.

--- Send in a voice message:
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"You should go be on American Idol!"  We've all heard that from someone thinking they're giving us a compliment and a helpful tip.  I've been there.  And it used to infuriate me.  But then I started seeing my so many of friends go on these shows and suddenly their careers were catapulted.  So I started asking myself... should I go on one of these shows?

On this episode, hear from a renowned coach, ...

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I was just blocked online by a musician being a schmuck in the name of "increased engagement".  You see, when "haters" comment on your post, the comment is believed to increase the activity of the post.  But sometimes the people you think are "hating" are really just trying to save you from yourself because you've fallen victim to... *dun dun*

Being an asshole online.   


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Ever since I got back from my last minute trip to Los Angeles, I've been having a hard time staying motivated to do even the most menial tasks.  That must mean that once again, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has come for me and I will be susceptible to it for the next several months.   

Also, Noodle just passed which has led to more "No Bones" days than I'd like.  It's hard out here, let's ...

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I don't know where I'd be without matches musicians with mental healthcare professionals no matter where you're located or what your budget is.  Not only that, their clinicians are all vetted to have knowledge of the music industry so you won't land yourself in situations with therapists telling you to just "get more sleep" or "put it into a song".  This ...

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Honey Larochelle is a true badass in every sense of the word as a recording artist, coach, healer, business owner, background vocalist, and friend.  Tune in for a very special episode where we get down to all the nitty gritty about embracing your opportunity to change your life as soon as right now!  Not only does she give us some amazing insight to the life of a professional background singer, but we review some tips around langua...

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Sometimes, showing up is the hardest part.  I hope today's episode inspires you to take that first step... to give that 1% more... to keep your promise to yourself.

"How would this look if it were simple?"

Have a topic in mind or a question you'd like to submit?  Send me a DM on Instagram at @millennialmusicianpod and I'll even give you a shout out on the podcast!

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Pull up a chair for today's episode featuring an enthralling kibitz (chat) with one of my favorite people in existence, Kelsey Warren of Blak Emoji.  Kelsey is not just a connoisseur of music's history, but he's practically an NYC legend in his own right.  His music spans multiple genres with the linking thread of electronic, hence, coining his own genre called "ECLECTRO", also the title of his most recent ...

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"Associated" has always been one of my favorite songs and I remember the moment the lightbulb went on over my head when writing it so many years ago.  I'm proud that it's finally been released on my debut EP, "WEIGHTED"...

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I practically needed to be *pulled away* (you'll see what I did there soon enough) from today's conversation with indie music superstar and TikTok bad ass, Diana Bidéa.  I have been a fan of hers ever since I saw her rip shitty men to shreds on one of her famous PSA videos, but once I heard her music, there was no turning back.  Diana has been a trailblazer and has inspired me and countless others to keep fighting for our...

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Today's guest is Diane Foy, a multi-passionate artist coach and creator of the Fans, Media, and Industry Attraction Method.  As you'll hear in this episode, Diane has a very unique background that has given her the room to truly stretch her legs in the entertainment industry.  What really threw me is she actually said, brace yourself... We don't need a press release!!!?  *GASP*

I endlessly appreciate Diane ...

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Every solution begets new problems, and the problem I've faced since moving to my beautiful, new apartment is the fact that I have missed my friends.  Well, this week provided me the opportunity to see some of them:

Tuesday: "Moulin Rouge" with my AMDA crew
Wednesday: India Shawn at SOB's
Thursday: Mishti & Silver Tooth Cactus at Arlene's Grocery
Friday: AshtnMrtn and Gypsy in "...

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Whether you realize it or not, we all know Aaron Scott.  The sAnger (yes, with a capital "A") has practically become as synonymous with the hit TV series, "Golden Girls" as the iconic and eternally cherished, Betty White was.  Many people experience online virality from an impromptu phrase or even just a facial expression, but Aaron's voice paired so exquisitely with one of the world's most beloved TV ...

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