Hey all. One thing I have been thinking about lately is living the lifestyle of a musician. When you live in Nashville like I do, you meet many people who work in the music business. Some are guitar players like me, and others are singers, bass players, trombonists, or any other type of musician. All of them are trying to make it in the music biz. The question is, how can you pay the bills while you are still a struggling artist?
Many people wind up waiting tables while they are waiting for their big break. This is a good occupation because it allows you some flexibility. You can make decent money to pay the rent, and you don’t have to work a ton of hours. For example, check out this movie about a waitress. Keri Russell in this movie plays a waitress in the South. I think I know a few Keri Russells myself around town!
Another thing you have to be aware of is the lifestyle pitfalls. If you are a musician, you have to be careful to focus and keep your eye on the ball. You can’t be using your Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer every day because that might throw you off your game. Instead, just use it once a week or so after a gig. Otherwise, I try to keep a normal sleeping schedule, eat healthy, and exercise. I’ve been thinking about taking a yoga class. It might help me relax from all the stress of trying to write music. It’s definitely not an easy thing to do. I’m always amazed at how much material Lil Wayne and Kanye can put out. Just look at Lil Wayne, he put out two mixtapes in the past couple years and now he released Tha Carter IV. They say it has sold over a million copies already. I haven’t sold a million copies of any of my albums yet. But if I keep working at it, maybe I can have the same success as Weezy.