Stay Strong My Friends

Friends,

I say from the bottom of my heart. I am so sorry.

For everyone. And what everyone is going through.

In entertainment, hospitality and anything and everything having to do with people or customer service. It really does hit us the hardest. But let’s not forget about the medical field and everyone else trying to do their normal everyday jobs. And to those who are saving lives, thank you. Everyone everywhere is just wondering what just happened to the world. We need to respect everyone’s’ life.

This is a difficult time for a lot of us. Some of us will not get unemployment. Some of us will really struggle to pay the bills. Some of us will just be extremely lost because we’ve never felt this ever before in our lives.

Take it from someone who has hit rock bottom several times, you will be OK. This is very hard to hear for a lot of people, but you will. I promise. You’ll understand why when you recover.

How do I know? Once you’ve hit rock bottom, a couple or so times, you learn how to get back up.  It seems impossible. But the people who fight will know exactly what I’m talking about.

I believe in our industry and the people who work in it. There’s a reason why we got into it in the first place. There’s a reason why we stick around. We are a community of outsider thinkers and big believers.

Do I know exactly what to do during this difficult time? Absolutely not. Everyone grieves differently. Everyone has a little slightly different way of thinking about life and living life.

What do I think you should do with your abnormal, large amount of time? Reflect on what means the most to you. Your career, family, friends, hobbies. What makes you get up in the morning? What makes you continue to grow and learn from your previous experiences? What gives you some sort of purpose?

I’ve known for a while but one purpose of mine is saving animals. I always have, but now I will make it more of a priority to volunteer with animals. Because animals have saved my life in the past, now it’s my time to help them and save them.

During this time, I hope you find purpose. Peace. Closure. I hope you spend more time with your close family and friends or at least give them a call. I hope you get a better understanding of our world and the world we are living in.

During this time, I hope you find new excitement in the world, something else to look forward to besides work. I hope you forgive those that have hurt you in the past. I hope you find new excitement in your partner or find a new partner. A new hobby perhaps. Something that drives you and a new passion to help you grow into the person you should be and can be. That I know you can be.

But I hope this rattles your world, to the point where you change for the better. Not just for you, but everyone around you.  We can do this, I know we can. Just believe in yourself and the community that surrounds you. We can fight this.

 

Only Exception

I’m really slacking on my website here!

Also, I’m all about improving myself, so if you have tips on making my site/blog better, I’m all about it!

Well besides being consistent, I know I need to get my act together on that!
As I continue to browse the internet and look up things I don’t need to buy, I can’t help but think about how selfish I am with my career.

Let me explain:
I’ve come a long way from where I started when I was 22 years old. I’m still growing and learning as I always talk about. But what I haven’t talked about is all the sacrifices I’ve had to make to get to where I am.

My aunt died last week and if there is a funeral I’m pretty sure I won’t make it because I’ll be on tour. I’ve missed several family events, due to the fact that I’m 8/10 hours away or because I was off in my own little universe or sleeping on a bus. My friends that I hold near and dear to my heart, you know who you are. I’ve missed so many little moments with you and I’m so sorry. And to the love of my life, if there is one. I’m sorry to my knight and shining armor. I haven’t spent nearly as much time as I should trying to write my fairy tale ending. I hope you are still out there, my prince charming.

I don’t regret anything. I don’t. This is how my life panned out. But going forward, I’m going to focus on those I love.

 

 

Music World & Dating World

There is this crazy thing called dating. I know it’s been around forever and it’s how we find this thing called our “soulmate”. If you follow my blog, I talk a lot of my stresses, my ups, and downs, but not so much about my dating life.

Let me make this clear, I’m not writing this blog because I think the music industry is “bad”. I love what I do and I’m passionate about music ( as you all know). However, there are a lot of life adjustments and compromises you need to make to have your life work. One of them is dating.

Here is how the ” Hi, I’m Jaimee, I work in the music industry.” dating conversation that is called “my life” in a nutshell.

Literally… pretty much every conversation goes: ( In bold is me)

“Oh! You work in music that is so cool! What do you do”

“I help make the show run smoothly. Basically, any fires that need to be put out, I put them out.”

“Oh, so what exactly is your title?”

“Production assistant/coordinator, it changes from gig to gig.”

“Oh cool, you’ve probably have worked with some pretty amazing acts.”

“Yes, I’m grateful for the opportunity with the ups and downs of my job.”

” So what are your hours like?”

“They are pretty much all over the place, it depends on the gig. My job/festival/tour changes from gig to gig.”

” Oh, I see…”

I’ve had this exact conversation at least 20 times in the past year. Guys find me fascinating, but they don’t walk into the unknown, that is my job.

Long story short, if people don’t work shows, they have a hard time understanding what I do. And therefore, get freaked out from the unknown of hours, will I have time for anything, when I’ll be available, am I partying with the artist…

It blows my mind most guys won’t give me a chance. But it goes for my guy friends too. Girls can’t stand when they are on the road. They look at them like they just got mono from them.

So for those of you out there that want to do this. Just know that dating will be extremely hard. And people will look at you like you just farted in public.

Artists

Hello from Casper, Wyoming. Not much to do here since there is one Uber in town and we are actually 20 minutes outside of Casper. Either way, happy for a day off.

Before this last run in South Dakota, I decided to fly out early to stay at my grandma’s house for a couple of days. It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.

Just to give you an idea of my grandma’s house:

She lives out in the middle of woods in Custer, South Dakota. There are no city streets and you can see every star in the sky at night. It is truly a beautiful experience. Sometimes I think I’m in a scary movie it is so remote.

My grandma died on my birthday three and a half years ago. She was a great person and a talented artist. My grandma went to school for seven years with her masters in art education. She painted very well and she drew like it was real life figures. I cried when I walked into her house and all the paintings were still up. It is what she would have wanted. She didn’t paint for anyone else besides herself.

I know I write mostly about music artists, but I think it’s important to address all the different kinds of artists in the world. My grandma died a true artist and she was one of the best ones who went undiscovered.

Rest in Peace Grandma

 

 

One Love Manchester

Whether you like it or not. We live in a pretty unsafe, untrusting world.

Can we potentially make the future brighter? I would like to say yes, but that change would not only involve a big community but a big world attitude change.

But we have to start somewhere right? I’m very happy Ariana Grande got up on stage and performed. She brought other people along too like Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Coldplay… Big influencers in the music community.

Big influencers in the world community such as world peace or social justice… not entirely sure about that. The fact of the matter is, these entertainers stood up for something that is much bigger than selling tickets.

I hope the world truly starts looking around at each other and realizing that these matters happen every day. Big and small. Dramatic and things that don’t get covered on social media. If we don’t stand together and stop it, it will continue.

So thank you to all the security guards, production crew, the fans and the performers for coming together to create something for those who have lost something. Faith and trust.

 

Over It

Here we go again with the guy issues.

I’m really sick and tired of the excuse of “work” getting in the way. Sure when I work festivals and shows, I get super busy. Life gets busy, we are busy people. But if I really need to make a phone call, I’m sure to actually make a phone call to the person I need to. Whether it’s work or relationship.

I truly believe, if you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever you can to make it work.

Yeah, it didn’t happen with this last one. I’m not saying he’s a bad person, but if you’re not into me, just tell me.

It beats having to play the guessing game so I can move on with my life. So with that, I’m just going to move past it myself and move along. He’s not worth my time, especially when my dad is in the hospital. Dad just got out, but he had meningitis, not going to lie, life was rough these couple of weeks.

But like always, I get through it and get over it.

 

Sorry this wasn’t music related at all, but I really needed to get this off my chest.

 

 

What did Animals Do to You?

If you know anything about my blog, it’s primarily about music and how much I struggle in my career in music.

But this is an important issue to me, so I need to express it as much as I can on my social media outlets.

I need to get the word out there that animal neglect is not the answer. Animal cruelty is not the answer. I don’t care if you eat animals for food, that’s part of human nature. I’m talking about taking care of your best friend; your dog, your cat, your lizard.

You have them in your life for a reason, so take care of them. And if you don’t, find someone who will. There is too much of this bad behavior going on in the world, and it needs to stop.

I  hear over and over again how humans are the top predators. Why are we killing lions and elephants? To make a couple of bucks? To hang their heads on our wall? Are we that pathetic?

I recently went to see my high school friend from Alabama and long story short. I met Carlos and he is a paraplegic dog, not by choice.( See video below)

I’m trying to spread the word. Please stop animal abuse and help my friend and I help Carlos to a healthier life!

My Birthday:What I’ve Learned

Yesterday was  my birthday. Yes, I am a year older. Yes, I have more wrinkles and more cellulite. The joys of getting older. And I still don’t have a roadie job lined up for next year. But as I went to McKay’s today to look through thousands of discounted books, I realized, I may not be where I want to be right now, but I’m constantly trying to work on making myself better.

I work out, read, continue to reach out to those who know more than me, and most importantly, trying to do whatever I can to be the best person I can be.

And so here is my promise to myself:

To continue to work on getting on the road

To always look on the bright side of things

To make sure the people that are important to me get my attention and the attention they deserve

But most importantly,I want to stay true to myself and always believe in myself

I never thought I would post a Justin Bieber song, but this is brilliant! #loveyourself

What The Hell Am I Doing?

I’m currently sitting at Denver airport… to go to Florida. What the hell, am I gong all the way to Denver to go to Florida?

Seriously? I have to go half way across the country to go all the way down to the other side of the country? That seems a little backwards to me, if you know what I mean.

But here’s why I’m doing it. So I can  see my family, for free. Yes for free. My mom used to work for the airline so we had some extra benefits rollover.

Here’s the thing about anything that comes for free or for cheap. Most of the time, it’s not worth it. I recently got a haircut, for a very cheap price. And it is by far the worst haircut, I’ve ever received in my entire life. How bad? I asked for a trim, and the woman gave me a Pauly D cut.

My point: I think the reason why the music industry is so hard to get into it, because you have to work really hard for your career and passion. Nothing good in life is cheap, free and easy to come by.

So I’ll take the lower paying jobs, and the long hours and the hard work, because I know it will pay off.

 

Patience is a Virtue

As everyone tells me, I’m doing great things for only being down in Nashville for a short amount of time. Right now, I feel like my time is pinched and if I had more time in my 70 hour work week, I think I would have made bigger leaps here.

Weekly, I’m networking about 10 to 20 hours a week and that includes going to networking events/ music events. I try to go to 4 shows a month.. obviously, that’s just a joy for me. I apply for at least 5 jobs a week. I also blog to keep up my writing skills and I continue to do freelance work whenever I can. Did I mention I have a little bit of a social life?

Never the less, I’m trying extremely hard. Like most girls my age try to really hard to be in a relationship, I’m trying really hard to get my career on the go! I guess only time will tell!

My point: Beggars can’t be choosers.

Here’s a great song, I totally forgot about! Normal like you is a great band!