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?
Are you a traveling artist? If so, you’ve probably been where I was last week.
In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though.
Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room. What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip? Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time. Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience?
How many of us have been through times when we’d shake our head and wish for a couple more hours in the day because we’re so busy? Everyone goes through that, artist or not. But for artists, it’s a double-edged sword. Sometimes the business of art can crowd out the art. That’s why you need an inspiration destination close at hand. Not long ago I was talking with my daughter. She’d booked heavily ahead of summer, doing solo, duo, trio and full band shows. She’d taken roughly three days off work in a 30-day period.
Is there anything more inspiring to an artist than a beautiful Florida day? Despite a long run of fair weather, quite a few of us find ourselves with a bit of cabin fever these days. Why? Wildland fires. What can you do if you’re trying to perform as smoke wafts across the stage?
I have memories of doing book tours, and some of those memories aren’t the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Even though I had a traditional publisher, if I was speaking at a small event, it was up to me to transport books, bio materials, and any other handouts related to my work. I quickly learned the importance of transport, a matter I’d never thought about as a budding writer.
Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing. Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too.
Add Mark Dawson to the list of authors who opted to self-publish after dealing with traditional publishers. Dawson’s path to hefty earnings from his books involved a great deal of work and patience. And a freebie.