But as mentioned in my last post, he also insisted on doing everything himself: writing, recording, booking, promoting, designing merchandise, planning stints on the road... Thus, resourceful though he may have been, he myopically resisted the greatest potential resource -- the expertise of other people -- under the auspices of a DIY ethic. In addition to (or perhaps because of) this he struggled to make a living from his music and art. So he never felt that he could afford to hire that support, even if he did want it.
Thus when I allowed GioSafari to die, to finally rest in peace, I buried with him the DIY ideology, in large part. I've learned that I simply can't do everything on my own, not if I want to succeed as an artist in NYC. Not if I really want people to hear what I have to say. Not if I want to help support my family.
A class that I took over the fall, The Musician Entrepreneur, opened my eyes to the various sectors of the music industry and the many different roles that people play within it. I learned how I, as a songwriting artist, could get support from a manager, agent, publisher, label, performance rights orgs, promoters, producers, other artists, engineers...
So now I'm on the hunt.
I am still working on my own songwriting and plan to continue performing solo, whether at shows or busking, at least until I join or start a band or some other musical endeavor. But I'll also be looking to build a team around me that can help me achieve my goals.
And that's not all I have up my sleeves for 2016! In addition to my music and lessons, I'm looking to build a career as an actor.
I found the workshop to be incredibly instructive for my own career as an artist and entertainer, even though it was clearly geared toward actors. Thanks to lessons learned at the workshop, I have registered my business with the IRS, opened business bank accounts, hired an accountant, created an acting résumé, registered with a casting agency in the city, and already worked my first gig as an extra in a popular TV show. All in just one month! As soon as I can afford it, I'll schedule a headshot photo session and begin sending out mailers to more clients and agents.
I'm very excited about all these prospects and opportunities going into the new year. No big deal, I'm just building an all new brand and business from scratch! Actually, I expect that it won't be easy, that it will take an enormous investment of time and money, not to mention a ton of work. But rest assured that I'm prepared for the long haul.
And perhaps best of all, I'll no longer have the (largely self-imposed) pressure to do it alone.