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Yes, it IS possible to make a good living playing music without having a "real job." This book will get you to the promised land!!

How it All Began...

When I was 15 years old I went public...I told everyone in my family that I wanted to be a professional musician when I "grow up".  The feedback I received was quite surprising.  My parents were actually pretty supportive about it...the real problem was the rest of the world.  Everyone I came in contact with had an opinion and had no problem sharing it with me.  I heard all sorts of advice from getting a real job and having something to fall back to various jokes about the term "professional musician" being an oxymoron. Hysterical.

Lucky for me, I was smart enough not to listen to all of that garbage and away I went to start my budding career as a professional musician.  You wouldn't believe this, but the world did not quite welcome me with open arms as I had hoped for.  I struggled, made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of lessons the hard way.  At one point someone even asked for my business card so they were sure never to hire me again.  Nevertheless, within a reasonably short amount of time I went from having no experience and no income to earning my way to the top of the industry as a professional bass player with credits that include performing on Broadway, recording with Grammy Award winning artists, national tours, writing articles for top music magazines, endorsing big name products, authoring instructional books for a major publisher and teaching a full roster of private students.  Go me!!

The Challenge (As I See It)

If my experience has taught anything, it has taught me that making a living as a musician is pretty tough...but FAR from impossible!  In fact, with the right strategy and a dash of talent it is actually possible!  While musicians are taught a lot of good stuff like theory, reading and other technical skills that make them good at their instrument, they are seldom taught what it takes to succeed as a professional.  It's part elbow grease, part marketing and part mindset.  It's going to mean taking a long hard look at yourself and changing your belief systems.  It's going to mean branding and networking yourself and getting out there and shaking a lot of hands.  It's going to mean being hung up on and told "no" over and over and over again...while you keep coming back for more until you either get the gig or get a restraining order.  It's going to mean getting comfortable being uncomfortable.  

The Solution

So, how do we solve these challenges?  Well, I am about halfway through writing a book (cleverly) entitled “How to Make a Living as a Musician” to help aspiring musicians eliminate the stereotypical starving artist mentality. It is a comprehensive roadmap of the strategy that I used to successfully make a really good living as a musician.  

Let's be clear, this book is NOT about technique and theory. It is about building a successful career as a working musician.  You will not find anything here to help you learn the difference between a major scale and a minor scale.  There are no chapters on how to play The Girl from Ipenema in every possible key.  This book is about strategy, mindset, networking, marketing and thinking outside of the box...stuff that most musicians are rarely ever taught properly.

If you are interested in making a career out of being a musician, regardless of your instrument, style or goals, you NEED this book.  It is the ultimate roadmap for any ambitious artist that dreams of making money as a working musician.

Why You Should Get Involved

I whole-heartedly believe that this book can make a difference, so my goal once funded is to not only finish writing and self-publishing the book but I want to donate 100 books to schools and libraries all over the country.  My hope is to show these kids (and their parents) at the early stages of "what the hell should I do" that they can actually spend their lives doing what they love and making a lot of money at it.  Plus, it's a really good book so far!  You would be proud.  My kids are!

The Part Where You Come In

As you probably know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding model, so I need your involvement to make this a HUGE success.  Here are a few options:

1) You can back this project by contributing any amount you want.  Whether it is $1 or $1,000 every little bit helps and I am eternally grateful for every nickel!  I mean that sincerely!

2) You can pre-order a copy of the book at a discounted price by choosing one of the funding options on the right that includes a copy of the book.  Most options do.

3) If you know of any individuals or companies that might be interested in advertising or sponsoring the book please pass this along to them as we have a few advertising opportunities on the site and in the book.

4) If you can't afford to help out in any way, you still aren't off the hook.  Copy the link to this project and help me spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or whatever flavor of social time waster you like best!  The more people that know about this book the better music will get over the next few years!  We're all effected!  There is only so much more Flo Rida I can handle people!

Where Does the Money Go?

Good question!  In an effort to be 100% transparent, here is an estimate of where your generosity goes:

$500 for getting another pair of eyes to edit and finalize the book when complete 
$1,250 for the initial small run of books (at least 100 of which will be donated)
$1,750 to record the audio book (a lot of musicians prefer to listen to a book like this on the way to a gig so an audiobook is important here)

What happens if together we raise more than the $3,500 I'm looking to get funded?  Simple! I pack up my essentials, change my name and make a run for it (kidding).  Actually, the more money that we can raise together for this project the more books I will be able to donate.  Once fully funded I will be donating 100 books to schools and libraries all over the country, but my bigger goal for 2012 is to donate 500 books!  So, even when we reach our funding goal, don't be shy!  Keep it coming and let's break some records!

And Finally...

This is the part where I say "thank you!"  Whether you have decided to back this project or not, just the fact that you have read this far tells me that my mission is a good one!  So for that justification, I say thanks!!

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