Showing posts from August 26, 2012

Moving To Move Up In Music

A friend recently asked me my advice about moving from his hometown in the Midwest to a bigger city like New York or Los Angeles to give himself a better chance at being a successful musician.  I paused for a moment and then responded, “That’s kind of a loaded question.  It’s like asking two millionaires how they became wealthy; neither one is going to tell you they did it the exact same way”.  As expected, the friend threw the line in my face, “But isn’t that what you did?”   My answer was “Yes and no”.

Moving to where the action is doesn’t always guarantee that you will be able to be a part of said action.  You have to know the right people that can help you out and have solid work options, a place to stay.  All of these things sound simple in theory, but can become so overwhelming in their absence that you find yourself doing everything but what you moved to a new, exciting city to do.  Instead of writing music and doing gigs, you find yourself waiting tables and stressing out about…