I will say this. Getting back into the swing of touring again, is another roller coaster in itself. Trying to get the right amount of sleep, on top of remembering to eat and then, of course, remembering if you showered that day or the night before. Did I mention you still have to do your job?!
Do I think I want to do this for the rest of my life? I don’t know. It does take a special person to live on a tour bus a be a 20-year roadie. To give up your weekends completely. To live your life on the road on someone else’s schedule. To eat catering food three times a day and it may or may not be good food.
Are there perks to the job? Of course! Lots of perks. First off, you are working a show. I’ve spent PLENTY of money going to shows before I started working in the industry. Secondly, you do have time to have fun. Like I created Balloon Girl On Tour. It’s pretty much an inside joke between friends. But if you want to catch a glimpse of my adventures, feel free to follow on Instagram: @balloongirlontour
I guess I put it all over social media so I can put the great news out on here…
I’m going back out on tour! Yay! My position is dressing room coordinator! It will be full of adventures, challenges and learning growths which I’m excited about.
Am I nervous? Absolutely. Everyone always feels the butterflies in their stomach when they start a new job. I am like everyone else, except my butterflies are completely out of the cage. And they are running wild and I can’t control them.
We go out on tour next week to the northeast. As far as I know, I’ll be out until May. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be out with them in September.
My goal is to kick some major booty and be the best I can be on this tour. I literally said three and half years ago I would get on tour doing what I do best. My job.
Fair warning: To whoever wants to work in touring, festivals and production world; this is a very slow time of year. Very slow. Like super slow. I think paint drys faster than the months of December through February. This is a really good time to go on holidays and break away from the world.
Like it is so slow everyone is trying to find work… literally any kind of work. I think even most of the venues in Nashville are slow that’s how slow it is. But even if you have work coming in January, February, March, people are STILL looking to occupy their time.
For work right now, I’m working for a wardrobe stylist and working at a venue. I think I said that in my last post. But even then I’m still looking for work. Because I like to work. I’m a workaholic.
So right now, my focus is on this year and getting big gigs and moving my career to the next level. I highly suggest if you are in this field of work that you do the same thing.
As I climb into adulthood, I understand more and more where I stand in the industry. And as I get older, I start to understand more about stardom and what “being famous” really means.
Being famous means that you are somehow or someway famous people are associated with social media or media. And EVERYONE seems to know about EVERYTHING about your business. Whether you like it or not.
Sometimes you are famous because you are ACTUALLY good at something… other times you are not.
Either way, I read Anna Kendrick’s book about her upbringing and her world of “being famous”. She puts in best by saying:
“I still had a tar stain in the middle of my living room floor while I was on tour promoting Up in the Air.”
… You have to read the book as to why she has a tar stain in the middle of the floor but the point is, even though she was already a household name, she still didn’t have a lot of money or ties to her name yet. And I believe she was nominated for an award for that movie.
It’s a hard lesson to learn but you have to stop comparing yourself to other people. It always looks like someone is doing better than you but the truth is, we all have a tar stain in the middle of the floor.
I went to another show, yes, another show that I wasn’t working! How Fabulous!
There are still a handful of bands that I have yet to see or really want to see. Either I miss their show or just missed opportunities for shows.
One of my favorite “emo” bands is The Spill Canvas. For as long as I can remember being emo in middle school, I would listen to this band on repeat.
It was a little bit of nostalgia for me because I never saw them live before. I thought I did with Fall Out Boy a long time ago, but I’m going to say probably not.
If you don’t’ know who they are, you should check them out. Especially if you do like bands such as New Found Glory and Simple Plan. These guys are part of that era and part of a huge part of my growing up.
If you get the chance to see them, they are on tour now and tickets are priced about $12/15 dollars.
Below is a song that will forever be a classic in my heart.
I’ve briefly mentioned before, I used to write all the time. Not write as in like blog writing, but songwriting. I’m not very good at it. I get these crazy ideas, they bottle up inside me and they never go anywhere. It feels like I’m trying to say something but I can’t complete the sentence.
It sounds like the story of my life, but I understand why songwriting is such an art. There’s a beauty to it. Some people get it, some don’t.
As I’m writing this right now, I’m literally pulling my hair out because I’m trying to figure out my point.
For the first time in months, I finally picked up my keyboard. It’s currently sitting on my bed but I was finally playing for the first time in a long time.
So now where do I go from here? Do I keep it to myself? Do I let others know what I’m doing? What thing is for certain- my birthday is coming up and I feel like I’m missing something in my life.
Maybe songwriting can help me figure it out. Don’t believe me- I wrote the lyrics to the song below.
I feel like lately, I’ve been really busy and working on several projects. But I don’t do well with days off. I try to keep as proactive as I possibly can be. With trying to help buy properties, trying to buy a house, trying to work as much as I can while putting on as many events as I can and also working on a volunteer project for the stray dogs in Nashville. Did I mention my main goal in life is to better myself as a person every day?
Pretty much, a lot of loud noises.
I did go see the Japandroids the other day at Mercy Lounge, not working the show just actually going to it. Last time I saw them was in Milwaukee in 2012/2013 I think. They still got it. The duo is still loud and rocking it out. It was a great show with two guys just jamming out.
I was planning on going to the Foo Fighters but that show was canceled due to a family emergency. But I was told to check out Starcrawler. I didn’t know this, but the Foo Fighters have been bringing them out on shows as their opener. I haven’t seen them live, but I’ve heard good things! If you like modern punk music Starcrawler is something you must check out.
And believe me, I will check them out when I get the chance!
As the season is dwindling down, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and what I want for myself careerwise.
Here is what I know:
- I have way more confidence in myself then I’ve ever have before.
- I have developed skill sets and communication skills on a different and higher level that I didn’t think was possible.
- I know I can do any job and do it well.
- As long as I put my mind to it, I will succeed.
This self-power I’ve developed has come a long way for me. Because the only thing I have is the power to believe in myself. And I hope as a reader and follower you will too.
I don’t know where it came from, but I do know, I need it for my career and my self-worth.
I think it’s important to reflect on what your goals are and what you want to accomplish in the next years. I do have some personal goals of mine but overall, my main focus for next year is to be part of the few woman people look up to in Nashville.
I know this is going around on social media and I’m sure most of the men are wondering what it means. The “Me Too” status is representing the person AKA the woman who has been sexually assaulted or harassed. I know this happens all the time, in any industry, at any given time. It can be physical, mental or emotional and it can be the smallest comment or rape.
It happens all the time in the music industry. All day every day. That’s a fact. And I have been a personal victim of this.Yes, I’ve been a victim. I’ve been commented on my looks, my body, my sexual being, just being myself people felt the need to say or do something to me.
The saddest thing about the whole situation is that people know this is a problem and some know that they are doing it. This is an issue. And some people don’t understand, sometimes what they do or say is sexual harassment. Nobody, either way, will do anything about it. That’s a problem.
As a woman, I suggest you stand up for yourself and tell the guy off if this happens to you. Or tell someone about it. Or go to the police. Stand up for yourself.
As a man, I suggest you keep your words and hands to yourself.
Tragedy strikes again as another music event was under attack by a gunman. I know a lot of people on my social media have been saying this, but I agree with them, this hits really close to home. Too close to home.
I have friends who work for the festival, who work with the country artists, who are on stage with the artists, who are the promoters. I’m just very lucky none of my friends are hurt or worse dead.
I’m having a hard time understanding why this world is the way it is. Why is it that we have to worry about our safety at a music festival? Why do we have to worry about someone else and their guns? Why? I’m not understanding this. I know I’m not the only one asking these questions, but when it comes down to it, we have to ask why.
Then we have to ask how. How can we move forward? How can we prevent this in the future? How can we protect the true concert goers?
Without the concert goers, no one has a job.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Near and far, I think this hits too close to home for a lot of people. And hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute to do something about this.