Writing about locally produced film opened door on Florida show biz community

When I began to cover a film in progress in Jacksonville, I had no idea what was in store. I wrote about the film because I’ve known and respected the producer of I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday for years. Once I did an update to the original article, I began to get emails and requests on social media. Frankly, I simply had no idea. 

Jax filmmakers unveil new trailer, merch for ‘I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday’

It takes fierce determination to bring a script to the big screen. It appears supporters of a new film produced in Jacksonville have lots of it. Jared Rush, producer of the psychological thriller I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday, shared news about the film’s progress on his Facebook page recently. As news breaks on the film’s progress and debut, we’ll continue to provide updates about a work that is quirky like Hitchcock and surprising like Kubrick. 

Will Trump’s EO on health insurance bill help artists?

Typical rhetoric is coming from the Left and the Right today as President Donald Trump announces changes to regulations in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare. Rhetoric aside, many who are self-employed may be wondering whether the changes will help them. What changes will be made and how will they impact you?

Jax filmmakers go Hitchcock as thriller begins production

A team of filmmakers in Jacksonville has begun production on a psychological thriller described as being inspired by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. The film titled I Am Going to Kill Someone this Friday explores the psyche of a seemingly “normal” man named Robert Partridge. Yet Partridge is anything but normal. 

Yes, the Crazy Daysies are learning as they go with Facebook Live

When the Daysies started talking about doing a Facebook Live weekly show, I admit I had my doubts. We’d already tried FB Live after the band collected a lot of food and supplies from supporters for a local pet charity. Jennifer and Rebecca delivered the food and supplies in person. When I reviewed the video, I realized we had a few challenges. 

For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political. Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years. 

After Irma, restoring property, schedules, and wallets

Hurricane Irma is one I will long remember. In the middle of the storm, I stood in the alcove on our front porch and watched the wind direct the trees like a conductor directs an orchestra. It was otherworldly, with the sounds the wind made and the constant green flashes in the sky from transformers blowing. For many self-employed musicians, Irma was an assault on property, performance schedules, and wallets. 

Booked and ready to gig, but short on creative time?

If you do music fulltime, you already have an idea of the challenges. Unless you have a team of helpers, you’re where the buck stops. You do the promoting. And the booking. And the contract bids. And equipment maintenance. Press inquiries. Booking agency contacts. Taxes. Practices, and whatever else demands attention. Amid all that, where is the creative time? 

Indie music toolbox: Sites that may help you get to the next level

I’ve been helping the Crazy Daysies get ready for their first full length album release this fall. I have come to appreciate the work that goes into something like this as we try to cover all our bases. One of my tasks has been to sleuth the Web for sites that might be useful. I found a few so I thought I’d share them here. One site I found provides average earnings for different types of artists. Who knew?

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