So Slow, So Keep Moving

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.

 

Go With It … And Your Strengths

You know how everyone is known for something? Everyone has their niche or the thing that they are really good at.

I’ve noticed over the years certain comments people say about me, professional and personally. Here are the few comments that have stuck with me:

“Most Improved”

“Honest and passionate”

“Hard worker and ambitious”

Honestly, I would say those are not the best comments in the world, not really, I would like to be told I’m a leader and have great ideas. But lately, I’m getting random calls and texts to work more events. Which means I’ve got to be pretty good at what I’m doing and what I’m known for.

Whether you are the musician or the person working backstage or in the office, you have to find what you are good at. And you play off of it because people will notice your strengths more than your weaknesses if you do.

I find that’s the biggest problem with artists these days. As an artist it not only has to suit you and what you stand for musically but the ones that have a following, the ones that really make it, their fans love it too. And if it is something unique and special that you have, people will notice.

You have something going on that’s good, go with it.

 

 

Don’t Give Up

For the first time ever, I really enjoy being home for Christmas. I haven’t done much since I have been here but living in nostalgia… Is that how you use it?

Anyways, I’m really excited because my dad got me a keyboard/synthesizer and I’m bringing back my saxophone to Nashville. Needless to say, I hope I get my musicianship back and hope that things will be great next year.

As I told my parents last night, I want to do it all. I want to be able to say everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I conquered and did well at it.

Music is always one of my biggest obstacles, I’ve always been able to play and read. And I was once really, really good. But life got in the way, so I hope this time it doesn’t.

Do I need a bit of practice, sure, I’ll admit it! But at one point in time, everyone did.

I hope that everything falls into place.

“Road Less Traveled”

I was thinking really hard… Wait a minute… When am I not thinking.

I was thinking about my career and where I want it to go. And to be completely honest, I’m not sure where I want it to go or where the hell I’m going. Hopefully it’s up! I just want to continue to make progress!

Because like everyone else in the world, I want to conquer it and do everything possible!
I truly believe in the artist I work for. She has a great voice and she really stands for all the good things in music.

Not only do I want to help her career, but I want to help her conquer of her dreams as well. Now tell me, how is it possible to do all things? Maybe it is, you just have to keep your focus and go for the gold!

If you are an early bird (Which I’m not), check out Lauren Alaina on the Today show tomorrow!

 

 

“What’s Left of Me”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I really want out of my career. Like, what is it that I really want,what I’m trying to aim for and where I’m going.

Because the truth is, now I want even more than what I have now. That is probably extremely selfish of me because some people won’t make it at all or won’t come close to what they want out of their career. But hey, I think it’s extremely selfish when people have kids and they call them “minnie me”. Because they are just people, not you.

I really want to push my limits to see what I can do with my career in music. How I can help my fellow musicians, producers, event managers because at the end of the day, it takes a team to make everything happen.

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am. I will be the first to say, I am really ready to take the next step in my career. Have more responsibilities and to be in charge of more decisions.

We all have to go somewhere…

Honesty is the Best Policy

It doesn’t matter what you are doing in life. It doesn’t matter what period you are in your life. There will always be people around who will always try to bring you down.

Whether it’s in your career or whether it’s in your personal life, boy or girl, chicken or cow, it will happen to you at some point in your life.

Now, when it comes to handling this, there’s a couple of ways to go about it:

The crazy road: Where you start swearing up a storm and start ripping peoples’ hair out.

The I’m better than this road: This is when you ignore everything and act like nothing is going wrong… because you are “better than this” AKA you are oblivious to everything to what is actually going on.

Or you can take this road…

Jaimee’s road: This is the way I do things. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m not saying it’s the holy grail. This is how I’ve learn to handle things. I like to go head on with things. I like to head straight  on with the problem, and just confront the person. Sure, words may be exchanged but honesty has always been the best policy for me.

 

 

The Best Time of Year: Touring/Festival Season

I’m not going to lie, I get really excited for this time of year!

It’s not only the warmest time of year (Or getting there). It is also the time of year for baseball pants and outdoor concerts!

I really love what I do, and that’s why I fight for it every day. Which is why, I can proudly say, I’m finally going on tour. Well technically I already started but you get what I’m saying.

I’m working merch for an artist here in Nashville, I’ll be headed to Milwaukee and Des Moines this weekend. As excited as I am for this new opportunity, I’m also very nervous. Because most of my work is working with artists, agents, VIPs, not handling clothing.

Needless to say, I’m digging the gig so far. I like the band, the TM/PM, the bus driver, her manager; So far, everyone is down to earth and chill.

…But it’s the beginning of touring season, let’s see how this goes when November rolls around.

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.

 

As of Now… I’m OK

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post.

Unfortunately, my computer was stolen and it put my blogging on a hiatus. I’m so sorry for those of you who actually read my blog.

Update on my life, I’m working a lot for a merchandising company,as a brand ambassador and doing some freelancing for live events on the side. I thought I was going to be going on tour, but it looks like another plan on mine fell through. However, I’m going to keep fighting and keep going because I have a goal to be on tour. Because all I have at this point is myself, my self worth and the people who believe in me.

I have a passion for my life and those who are involved. It may seem that people think I’m crazy because, well because I am.

And I’m OK with that.

All anyone needs to know, is I’m going to keep plugging along like I’ve always have.

As of now… I’m OK.