The weekend of May 18-20th I will be flying out to Ottawa, Canada to cowrite with one of my dear friends Marika, help inspire young kids to go for their dreams, and play several music shows.
MAY 18 REDNECK BISTRO 7pm
MAY 19 THE NEAT 12-2pm
MAY 19 NORTHERN RAMBLE 8PM
There are several lessons I have learned with putting this trip together that have expanded my idea of what dream following can be.
do not limit what your career path will look like and expect things to go better than expected.
When I first moved to Nashville, I thought that the way I would find success is through meeting the right industry people, getting a record deal, and going down in history. or something perfect like that.
In reality, a lot of my music career has been creating my own opportunities. Its a cool process because I can be or create whatever type of music artist I want to be.
Here is what Nashville has REALLY been for me:
Building friendships with other creative writers and musicians; working together to build our careers and generate good music product.
I met Marika, my Canadian co-writing friend at the Commodore Grille one night after playing a writers round with one of my other dear collaborators, Jan Buckingham.
We were immediate friends, enjoying a drink and a laugh with promise of writing together soon.
A couple Skype writes and a few killer songs later, she invites me to Canada to encourage her students (she is a teacher) to follow their dreams in an annual festival.
I hadn’t even thought to go to Canada in my life.
But my dad (A well respected scientist) has always told me that the universe puts doors in front of you and all you have to do is walk through them.
Success follows taking advantage of good opportunities as they present themselves.
I said yes.
We decided it’d be good while I’m up there to go ahead and play some shows in the area.
But it did take work to get the gigs organized. Which is another lesson I’ve learned about career building opportunities:
JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE GIVEN A COOL OPPORTUNITY DOESNT MEAN ITS GOING TO BE EASY, BREEZY, BEAUTIFUL COVER GIRL
I had to follow up for several weeks/months with music venues solidifying gig dates.
I also had to reach out to Marika to connect me with other musicians in the area to make sure locals would want to come out to the gigs.
Luckily her friend and talented musician, Kevin Lentz would play with me for The Neat and North Ramble connected me with the lovely country artist Arlene Quinn.
So that was settled. A bit of local flavor to spice up everything.
Now I’ve been working on flyers, online promotions, designing a little merch for the shows and setting up an online store on my website.
AN ONLINE STORE IS COMING SOON. PROMISE.
I’m going to be certain by the end of May 5 that my website is a revenue generating machine.
I at least want people to be able to buy a “LIFE IS HARD BEING A FAMOUS POP STAR. BUT SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT,” mug.
There’s more I could say about going to Canada but I don’t want to bore everyone with details.
I’ll leave you with this:
DONT BE LIMITED IN HOW YOUR LIFE CAN BE. BE OPEN TO COOL OPPORTUNITIES AND HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS POSSIBLE.
That’s all for today,
Sarah Mae Chilton