Standstill - Looking for Advice!
Well it all just came about within the last month, after releasing my first solo record back in May, planning and playing a small DIY tour throughout the Summer and Fall, sending my record out to radio stations, music blogs, magazines, etc, all this and I suddenly feel as if I’m at a bit of standstill. About 900 physical CD’s lay in their original shipping boxes in my room — A little over 100 have been sold and given away. I need to get the word out beyond my current situation.
My real aspirations are to plan a cross-country US tour in major cities and even small towns throughout the US. But, of course this requires a lot planning, money and having the right tools - naturally I have worries
1. I really don’t want to do it alone. Nothing would be better then to have another songwriter or musician willing to come with me and share the emotional and physical stresses of playing in a new place everyday, but I’m not sure if anybody would be willing to.
2. With this, I also run into the problem of transportation. My car (Betsey), a 2001 Mercury Sable has proved to run relatively well this Summer and Fall when I tested her limits by going as far as 110 miles away from home. Considering she has 120,000 miles on her, I felt it wise to keep it a relatively short distance. But I cannot confine myself to this for much longer. I’m itching to see and play the rest of America. I have a feeling the music may get a better response in other parts of the country. But I need a stable form of transportation - perhaps to buy a new car or maybe even an RV?
3. I’ve been working at this cafe in Queens for a good 8 months now, starting to save up as much money as I can to make something happen - up until this point I wasn’t sure if the money would go towards a complete move to the West Coast (most likely Washington State) or towards touring the country, but the bottom line is that no matter what I’m gonna need a big chunk of money — especially if I’m out on the road for more then a month.
So these are 3 of my big worries in attempting to make make a significant change in both my life and career. I’m curious to know if anybody has any advice they are willing to share or know of anybody who is in or was in a similar situation?