Hope all is well! I'm embarking on a new self-challenge of trying to post a video a week (currently I'm posting on Fridays). I want to push myself to try and improve, and I felt like not having a schedule was giving me too much wiggle room. I also think it's dumb to have a tool as powerful as Youtube and not use it consistently. I'm going from (maybe) 1 new video every three months to one video a week (eek).
So far, keeping up with regular videos has been time consuming and challenging, but I honestly feel like it's forcing me to be creative in a way I haven't in a while.
I still really want to work on my original music, and I've been writing a lot of songs that I think I want to release. That's a story for another day though. In the meantime I want to be sure that I'm working on my performance and my recording abilities and trying to be sure I'm making progress. Who better to hold me accountable than the faceless mob of the internet and Stassi listeners!
In other news, I am still living in Athens and having a fuckin' blast. I'm lucky enough to have some family here and my grandma's letting me stay with her in exchange for helping her around the house and being great company. (right grandma?)
It's given me the opportunity to learn Greek (still not fluent but I'm semi-conversational now), spend time with my dad's side of the family, and work on my music and my lil brain.
The phrase "working on my music" has taken on a completely new meaning for me the past few months. I read Loren Weisman's book "An Artists Guide to the Music Business" and it's completely reframed my ideas about what being a musician entails and what I should be focusing on. (This is not an ad, I honestly just liked the book.) For me, one of the biggest take-aways from the book was how wrong-headed it is for a musician to think, "I just want a label and a manager to do all the business and marketing for me so I can just focus on the music". According to Weisman, what you give up in exchange for this freedom from any 'business work' is ownership of your music and a huge percentage of any money that gets made (which for the average musician is not a lot). He argues that if you can be a strong performer and learn how to handle as much of the logistics and business as possible, you can maintain more ownership of your work AND negotiate better contracts with labels if down the line you want to work with one.
I personally have some soul searching to do before I'd feel comfortable getting involved with a label, but for me this book was eye-opening and extremely motivating. It debunked a lot of stupid misconceptions I didn't realized I'd believed about musicians, and helped me start to picture a game plan for myself for actually making music into a career.
I don't know how interesting it is for me to talk about some of the specific things I'm trying to do and how they're working for me so far, but if you have any questions I just figured out I can enable comments on my posts (I'm dumb), so ask away!