Once my trip is over, I'll be continuing my voyage towards a sustainable music career. And after completing this blogging challenge, I have an idea about what kind of effort that takes.
It's strange -- although I've been performing in New York City for years, I feel like my career is still in its early stages. I'm really just starting out. I have my first product available for sale this month! I'm having my first solo show in two weeks. My mailing list is still relatively small, and I've only been at this online promotion thing for a couple of months. Following the steps in MSi9W has definitely opened my eyes to all of the legwork that I still need to do. I've laid a lot of groundwork, but the process will need to continue for some time if I want to see any success.
|Me at GaluminumFoil Studio, recording with Dead Copycats|
Over the next couple of weeks, post-blog-challenge, I'll be busy rehearsing for my record release show. I'm planning on posting the entire album for sale, but I'd also really like to partner with a charity for one of the singles. I recorded a song "Blue Muse", an ode to my favorite element, that I'd like to sell as a single, with the understanding that I'd give money to that charity. I was a collegiate swimmer and continue to be somewhat of a mermaid, so I think I'd like to support some kind of organization that teaches water safety to city youth, or perhaps an organization for cleaner waterways and drinkable water. I definitely need to do more research.
|The Album Cover!!!! waveside|
I can't write my last entry of the contest without looking back over the weeks and seeing the progress. I have a ton of ideas, and even better, I feel motivated and connected. Overall this challenge has given me a strong sense of empowerment. I've always known what I wanted to do, but in an industry where 15-year-olds sell the most albums, how the hell do I make a living? Knowing the concrete steps I can take to make my career sustainable is an invaluable gift. I'm only beginning my voyage, but now I have a trajectory.
Until next time,
Jess Braun: Soulful Dream Rock Songstress:
Neko Case meets Cat Power meets Florence and the Machine