ACHIEVING GOALS… MAYBE
So I set up my lofty goals… I even made a calendar showing me all the open mics/jams in the Boulder area so I could look one up every night I wasn’t working. It was harder than I expected. To get out to open mics alone once a week? Finding people to jam with. I couldn’t record because I was missing a mic stand. I had to have dinner with so and so, or finish this or that, or I had a long day at work and couldn’t go out.
Every event I attended was a reminder of how far there was to go… how would I get a gig without press quotes? How do you get press quotes without a gig? How do I market myself? Is it appropriate to just invite my friends? Should I advertise more? I need a website. I need a real CD. I need a band. Hell, I need to sound better. My confidence was collapsing.
In the end, though I did not complete my weekly goals necessarily, what I did do was keep making whatever progress I could since it was the only thing I had to work on (goodbye grad school apps!). Since I had written down my goals music was always on my mind. While this was intimidating at times it did get me to play out more often. Things I have achieved in the 1.5 months since setting these goals:
1) Performed a 2 hour gig at a coffee house
2) Wrote a new song… started others
3) Connected with/jammed/busked with a touring musician I met at an open mic
4) Contacted a full band to record 3 professional tracks
5) Got a legitimate website up and running
6) Played at 5ish open mic nights
7) Made real money ($15) selling my demo album.
Alright, so it’s not quite what I had in mind. But these baby steps are the necessary building blocks for the next step… performing consistently enough to start setting up real shows and build a fanbase outside of my friends.