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By Sarah Jones | January 10, 2013

It’s JANUARY, and we all have self-improvement on our minds. Normally around now I talk about setting small goals that make a measurable difference. But sometimes, you just have to go big. Is it time to take your career to the next level? We have a few ideas to help you turn dreams into reality

Stand by an unpopular choice. Deadmau5 caught a lot of grief in the EDM world for his “DJs Hit Play” Tumblr missive last summer. Lost in the hype, though, was his focus on staying creative and moving forward with his own ideas, rather than being a follower, which he talks about in depth—along with sharing studio-production insights—in our interview on page 20.

Stop procrastinating. Being a professional producer is a real, attainable goal; if you want it, start walking the walk. Need a nudge? Get career advice from superproducers Supa Dupa, Damien Taylor, and Andrew Murdock in “Make or Break” on page 28.

Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. Former Semisonic singer/guitarist Dan Wilson has a new life as a songwriter for hire. His career took a new trajectory when he collaborated with the Dixie Chicks on Taking the Long Way, and reached another high when he co-wrote/co-produced Adele’s smash hit “Someone Like You.” Take inspiration from his story, on page 40.

Think big, and the small steps will fall into place. What are your goals for 2013? Let us know.

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