I could breathe better. I felt better.
It didn’t happen often, but when I was really young my family would get together and play music. I can’t quite pin down the moment when I knew I loved music. I guess it’s always been there.
I started playing piano when I was seven or eight. I learned how to read music and how to create my own songs. I then transitioned into singing lessons, choirs and violin. I studied classical music. It fascinated me.
Then I went to college and I met some guy (Chevontez) who was in a reggae inspired rock band. I was studying advertising, marketing, branding, copywriting, everything I needed to know to promote a business. Around this same time I took my first design class.
It was obvious what I had to do.
I started designing for bands.
I later learned people around campus started collecting the flyers I put up. Every week was a new piece of art promoting a band and people hung them up in their dorms or apartments. It was probably more about the band but I'd like to think they liked my artwork. At least a little bit.
Music and art are pretty much the same thing. We are creating something out of nothing. I paint images on a blank canvas while you create sound to fill the air. Music and art make people think. I love both. Equally.
I run two businesses. One (my day job) is in the medical field the other is my art. Obviously it’s easier for me to make business decisions for the medical office than it is for my art. I can tell you that even with my experience it is hard to silence my creative self when I’m trying to brand or grow my business. I’m too close to it. I’m too emotionally involved. It can be really hard to separate those two things. But both are so important.
If you just sit in your room and don’t get anything out there, well, your biggest fans will be your cat and your Mom.
On the other hand if all you do is hustle and don’t practice or work on your music, people are going to get bored and find something else. We all have short attention spans now days. Are you still here?
Which is why I am starting this new series exclusively for musicians. Every Friday I’m going to have a new idea, strategy, concept for you to think about to help you stand out. I want good music to become popular music. I want the Top 10 songs on Itunes to be original, creative, and smart.
I want your music to change the air. So we can all breathe better. So we can all feel better. It will never happen if they never hear it.
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.