On Becoming a Full-Time Performing Artist.

On Becoming a Full-Time Performing Artist.

You might get to a point in your musical life where you have to make a decision – Will you take the Keep Growing path, or the Stay Put path? Stay Put is nice. You learn about three hours worth of popular cover songs and work the local bar scene. You are the go-to band for local weddings and holiday events. You have a full repertoire of Christmas music at arms reach at any given time, and you’re a pro…

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A Story of Living in a Trailer.

A Story of Living in a Trailer.

I awoke with a start to the rattle and bang at the door. I sat up and pulled the blanket around me. I was dreaming before, images quickly escaping to the rhythm of my jolted heart. Headlights infiltrated the covered windows and left unwelcome stains upon the bed. A voice penetrated our private cocoon. “Hey! Hey, you can’t sleep here!” Bang, bang, bang. Flashlight. Security guard, cop? Eric threw on a pair of jeans and went to the door, rubbing…

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Make the Most of Your Merchandise.

Make the Most of Your Merchandise.

Sometimes, you won’t make any money from your performance. Lots of venues have overhead that they take out of your ticket sales. Sometimes, you’ll hit a city where you just don’t have a big enough draw, or sales at the bar were slim. No big deal, because you sold loads of CDs and t-shirts, right? …Right? Merch is important. Merch is how you can afford a low-cut night, and it puts you over the top on a night with a…

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Eating Well on Tour.

Eating Well on Tour.

You’re broke. You finish a grueling gig, and your cut of sales is $15. You and your three bandmates have rumbling stomachs, morale is low, and the only thing open is Taco Bell. You order as much as you can and chow down, only to be greeted with that terrible bloated feeling that is the embodiment of fast food regret… And tomorrow night, you’ll do it all over again. I hope this blog reaches you before you get to that…

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The Unrealities of Reality TV.

The Unrealities of Reality TV.

You’re a great singer! Have you ever thought about trying out for the Voice? I think most singers and artists probably get this question at some point. Even with the death of American Idol and the falling popularity of shows like the Voice, I’m asked this question a couple of times a year. Before I get too far into this blog, I want to say that I know the question is meant as a compliment, which I appreciate immensely! But…

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Another Social Media Post.

Another Social Media Post.

Everywhere you look, there’s another marketing guru telling you that you need to have a social media presence. They use terms like ‘fan engagement’ and ‘target audience’ and tell you that you need to get into marketing yourself via social media, and if you haven’t yet, you’re doomed to death by obscurity. I don’t want to be that person. For one thing, I was never involved in marketing on anything but an amateur level, so I’d never call myself an…

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Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome.

I find myself afflicted with imposter syndrome every time I try to write this blog. I feel like my experiences are so specific, and each tour so different, that I couldn’t possibly offer any words of wisdom that would be applicable to a wider audience when it comes to suggestions for making life on the road easier. I’ve sat down and tried on several occasions with no luck. Here’s how this usually goes: I search for a coffee shop with…

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