MG & i were talking today, and we thought the forum could use a support thread for the creative types among us (writers, musicians, artists). not just to share work, but to keep each other on-task, and to encourage those who are seeking literary publication, music distribution/gigs, art showings, and the like. our thought was that this could be to artists (of all types) what the 'get in shape w u2' thread is to those trying to stay fit. so mutual encouragement, advice, and accountability are the main crux of the thread.
i'll let MG intro her situation, but for me:
i have always wanted to sing and perform. instead, i took my parents' advice to find a 'real job' just so i could have a 'back up plan.' yeah.. i lived my parents' back up plan for 16 years. it was okay, and i was pretty good at teaching, but it wasn't where my heart was. i am the absolute happiest when i'm onstage singing. classical singing is fun, because not as many people can do it, i guess, but at my core i'm a folk-pop-with-occasional-rock-tendencies singer/songwriter. i did an audio production certification program a year ago, thinking i could make my own demos that way. i was naive - i thought i could do the whole process alone in a non-floating, non-soundproof basement with just my vocals, an MBox, and a bunch of instrument sounds from a yamaha SY-85 synth/sequencer i've had since 1993
anyway, i totally need to kick my own arse to find musicians in my area. the goal at this point is some local/regional performing, and an indie release a la 'CD baby' or some such site. i wouldn't mind the odd 'studio musician' or audio engineering gig. my problem is that i procrastinate, waste time, and worry about what might or might not happen instead of actually trying to DO SOMETHING
!!! DREAM OUT LOUD!!!!
so, what's your