In my latest post, I mentioned that I made the courageous decision to leave my part-time job as a waitress, to pursue music FULL-TIME! It has been almost a month since I embarked on this brand-new chapter, and so far, LIFE IS WONDERFUL. My entire world is consumed with music; from the moment I wake up in the morning, to the moment I go to sleep at night. What more could a girl dream of? I mean, seriously, life is so so sweet.
Since it's only the first month, my schedule has been fluctuating rapidly. Some days, I feel like I'm an octopus with 8 arms doing 8 different things. And some days, I'm able to find time to relax and just create good music! In the last few weeks, my schedule has consisted of these things:
Let me tell you a little a bit about these...
Co-writes are a common thing here in Nashville. Until I moved here, every song I had ever written was written by ME and ONLY ME. My very first co-write in town was with my friend Emma Brooke, and we wrote the title track to my 2015 EP "Where I'm From". After that night, my eyes were opened! Writing with another artist is a powerful experience. The more ingredients you add the the pot, the more flavorful the pot becomes. Over the last 3 years, I have written songs with a wide variety of artists. There are times when the write goes flat, and you leave with nothing. But 9 times out of 10, you leave feeling like you just wrote the best song of all time! So, what do you do with that song once you leave the studio? Well, you can either cut the song yourself, as the artist, or you can choose to pitch the song to a major artist, and potentially sell your song. In order to get your song in the ears of major artists, you must pitch your song through a publisher or a trustworthy middle-man. I personally choose to hold on to the songs I feel most connected to, such as my 2015 release "Daddy" and "Innocence". Those songs talk about things that I experienced on a personal level, and they stay close to my heart. BUT, if I write a catchy tune that seems ideal for someone like... Oh, I don't know... CARRIE UNDERWOOD, you better believe I'll be selling that song.
Odd-jobs can be many different things. In these desperate times of turmoil, I have taken on a few side projects to make some extra cash. The first thing I started doing is babysitting! I LOVE babysitting on my days off. If you're working for the right family, this particular odd-job can be very beneficial for a fluctuating schedule like mine. Other than that, I recently started my very own home-organizing business. I've always had a knack for organizing, so I decided to start doing it for others too! So, I posted an Ad on Craigslist listing my rates and services, and in just 2 weeks I booked over 100 hours of work for the next month. These side projects will be my backbone for the rest of May, and in June, the gigging kicks in full-gear.
Gigging is a simple term used by musicians making a living off of playing gigs. Some gigs don't pay at all (ESPECIALLY in Nashville), some gigs pay just enough to cover your gas to the venue, some gigs pay a reasonable amount and barely put food on your table, and some gigs pay well-enough to cover your monthly bills. When I was waitressing part-time, the $0 gigs weren't so bad, since I had a separate income. But now, $0 gigs are completely out of the question, since these gigs ARE my only income. In the last month I have played every type of gig... but every single time, no matter how little or how much I leave with in my pocket, I am once-again reminded of all the reasons I chose this crazy life. I LOVE what I do. I love the rush you get on stage when the crowd lights up to a well-known song. I love sharing my story and exposing my heart to the world. And more than anything, I love meeting a fan that tells me that my song moved them to tears. Whether it's a $0 gig or a $1000 gig, the passion never subsides.
Below: Follow this link to see my recent performance of my new song "Be A Man About It"!
I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak into my new life! More to come very soon :)