The Daily and Nightly Grind Pays Off
My music career has only moved forward in the past years. With my fan base and accomplishments both growing simultaneously, I've been looking for that way to "breakout" to the next level, to showcase my music on an even larger scale. Thats why I was so happy to be chosen out of thousands of submissions for the Break Out Artist 2014 Music Competition. Besides the prestigious judges that have been involved in previous years of the competition, such as Adele, and Rob Thomas, the title of the management group really resonated with me. I knew this could be my chance to prove the time and money I've put into my passion of music could actually pay off, and I could take that next step.
The live showcase of the competition was in early September in Worcester on a Monday night and 21 plus. Most have my shows had been on weekends, and I notice I have a fan base that is all ages as well. So I was worried that I may not get enough of a crowd to the event. However, to my surprise almost 30 of my fans made the 45 minute drive on a Monday night rushing out of work to come support me. That is the most amazing feeling to see people who genuinely care about me and my passion come out to support. The positive feelings didn't stop there. In meeting the other acts I got a feel for everyone's passions, commitment, and struggles. I also had a good time jamming out in the parking lot with one of the acts, "YellowYuth" and was able to make some good friendships all around with the other acts. It didn't stop there. I had been greeted with the most respect, and comfort from the Breakout Artist community upon meeting Matthew Janis and the returning champions from last year "All About A Bubble". I was surprised to find that they were all just such cool regular people that I probably would have been friends with in high school, but had also been able to carry themselves to such a professional standard in the music industry. The acts all performed great sets, and all brought something unique to the table. When I performed I was a little nervous at first, because of my lack of equipment comparatively to other acts. Literally it was just me, my acoustic guitar, and the venue's microphone. Other Acts had full band set ups that really filled the room. However, I knew that this was still my shot, so I went for it, and gave it my all. I got some great feedback from my long time fans, some brand new fans, and the other acts, as well as a really nice one on one consultation with Matt. It was really eye opening the positive remarks he had mentioned to me, and rewarding that he even showed me areas that I could work on. That advice is hard to come by these days as an artist. After the whole experience at the show, I was already a winner in the sense that I gained more insight to the industry,and I had been able to reach out and network with more fans and other great musicians in a way I wasn't able to before. Yesterday, I was even more grateful of the whole experience when I was announced as a finalist in the competition. Here is the Email I received:
I can't wait to January. I keep imagining myself with a national tour, and the wonders that it would do for my music. Then I would really be able to take my musical goals to the next level. Regardless of what happens, I have only gained more confidence and drive to pursue my passion. Thank You to all who have supported me over the years in this journey, and to Breakout Artist Management for the opportunity.
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