Sunday, October 19, 2008

My album is coming out next week

My album is coming out next week I'm getting my 1,000 copies next week from Rainbow Records...finally! Its been a long time coming! I've applied for digital distribution from Tunecore and am waiting for that to be approved by them. They said that can take up to two weeks or more. Its been one week so far we started the process last Sunday. So I'm just waiting patiently for them to get back to me. For now all I can do is wait on that. My website should be up next week and it is a sapphire blue color reminiscent of the 1920's with a classic jazz flair to it. It has a picture of me with a flower in my hair and black leather gloves. Totally chic.

My master plan for after that is forming press kits to send out to people in the music business with biographies, press write ups from magazines, photos and a copy of my album for them to listen to to start creating a buzz. I'll be putting up my album up for sale on my website and my myspace page and will put up links on my myspace page with links to get to i-tunes, amazon and my other stores to buy my music. I've been looking into promotional and marketing companies as an option for the future to promote myself as well as distribution deals. But first thing is first which is a band. I have to find a band before I can get signed to a deal hehe. I have been going out a lot to clubs and venues networking and meeting musicians to try and form a band so I can start gigging around in the bay area. That will be the next step which will be starting to create a local buzz by performing at live shows and forming a local fan base. I think I'll need to get a booking agent eventually to help me book shows so that I dont get burned out doing that.

All of this has been super overwhelming. There are days when I literally have to just take a day off and just try and decompress or it all just really gets to me. There are times when I get into major funks and come up with reasons why I can't do this. I have people that ask me sometimes how does your husband feel about this? My husband supports me in pursuing my dream and I wouldn't be doing this of course if we haven't talked about it. Ha duh. It takes two to make a marriage work. But you will always get people putting their standards or ideals on your life. I have learned that in the end if I am happy with what I am doing and my husband is happy that is all that matters. You will never satisfy anyone fully. Once you think you have satisfied one person the other will have a different opinion with what you should do in your life. So in the end you just need to pray, and really do what you feel is right for you. We all have our own paths in life. And what a blessing that is?! Lets just support each other and instead of judging each other!!!

I have realized in the past six months that nothing comes without sheer hard work. I have never worked so hard in my life with completing this album except with completing my bachelors degree. That was sheer hard work and determination. Creating this album was amazing and still is. I have so much more to do...and still so much more to prove. I have people that ask me so whats next? You know...I have a plan but like everything I dont have all the answers yet and thats ok too. Just like Alicia Keys or Jennifer Aniston do you think they knew how they were going to get their lucky break or how they were going to become famous? No they just worked hard and took each day at a time. Thats how you do it. haha. No one really cares if you succeed in life. It depends on you. Honest. If you want something you have to go out there and get it. No one will hand anything to you. I really got that when I did my album. No one was going to write my music for me or arrange it for me. I had to do that. I had to sing it. Luckily I had a good friend who introduced me to two of the producers I worked with so that was a big help.

I think we have the tendency and I still do this to just feel so alone and think no one cares whether we succeed or not so why even try so we just don't even try. Thats a sad way to live. I was in that space for a while in my life. But honestly no one will hand anything to you. You have to go out there and get it you have to be hungry enough to take it! Everyone is out there trying to make it on their own.