1// Do you feel like you’re living “life” how you thought it would be?
Not at all! Ever since I fell in love with the idea of being in the music industry at the age of seven, I always imagined by the time I reached my mid-20's I'd be living in a big city similar to Seattle. I also imagined I’d be finding all the hidden gems to get them signed to a major label, or even be writing and playing in band signed to a major label.
2// What has the process looked like for you?
The process of actually pursuing this lifestyle was quite endearing and sacrificial in a way words are hard to define. After high school I realized that I was too much of a perfectionist to ever be happy with myself as a guitar player or singer/songwriter. Nonetheless, I still fell painfully in love with bands so much that I'd talk about them like they were my best friend.
Then I discovered the business side of the music industry was where I needed to be. I studied Music Business in college but dropped out and moved to Seattle to get as much experience in the industry as possible. I wanted to learn the ins and outs through internships and faking my way through as a 'band manager' to the most unheard of local bands. I devoured every type of information that I could and eventually landed a job at a record label that I had interned at; and from that, plus managing local bands, I was offered a job at a small venue in downtown Seattle. A few months later I found myself booking shows for The Crocodile, and starting my own PR agency and managing some well-known local artists.
I've loved the entire experience: from seeing bands start out with a dozen people at a show to selling out shows. However, lately I haven’t had my fingers in any part of the industry. After the last band I was working with I started to get burned out on people's lack of character and integrity. It began to drag me down, and I no longer had any desire to be a part of it. I was starting to define who I was by what I was doing in the music industry; including the people I knew and helping them be a part of their success. When I started letting that shape me by how I carried myself, or allowed people to define me as this type of person, it cheapened why I wanted to do all of this in the first place. Once I came to terms with that I felt like I was able to enjoy my life and realize why certain things in life are insanely awesome.