July 27, 2018
#JUSTNERDTHINGS – BLOG POST #1
I decided to start a blog. Although I am far too busy to write something each week, I will be trying to write a new blog post (minimum) once a month. I used to write poetry and short stories quite often when I was a child, and I do miss it sometimes. In college I was the news editor for my university’s newspaper and even won a journalist of the year award. So I should probably put that writing thing to use…
This blog won’t be just an update on what I’m doing though. It will encompass my feelings, thoughts and opinions on certain things, or events. It could be anything. I realized that I have both a music section and a modeling section here on my website, and I sometimes dabble in photography. But what if there’s something that I want to talk about that doesn’t fall into those categories?
For example, I am a HUGE nerd when it comes to graphic novels/DC/Marvel. Well…mostly DC. But I don’t really have an outlet online or on social media to completely nerd out about that sort of thing.
I also have bachelor’s degrees in both cultural anthropology and psychology (fun real facts) and I love reading research papers, lots and LOTS of books, as well as expanding my knowledge of similar topics. I also travel a lot, so making a travel blog was something I’ve always wanted to do. Although most people know me through the music community, I do a lot of things. I like being kept busy. And I’ve had a lot of people ask me for music industry/music scene advice, or ask me about my daily life. Although I find it odd that people find me interesting, I guess that’s a good thing. But I can be somewhat introverted at times. So officially, here is my first blog post. I will be posting some updates on all of my social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) when a new blog post is up, but feel free to check back here whenever you like. If there are any questions or specific content you’d like me to talk about, feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message on one of those social media platforms if you’d like to see me blog about something specific.
^Photo by Chill Cat Studios (it me…being sweaty and gross onstage)
July 28, 2018
ANGEL VIVALDI AND WATERMELONS – BLOG POST #2
Recently in Boston I saw one of my favorite bands, Coheed and Cambria, and my own band opened for guitar legend Angel Vivaldi…all in the same week. It was a pretty decent week.
Since I was at the venue early to load in, I was able to catch a few minutes of Angel Vivaldi’s VIP meet and greet before the show. I really liked what he did – it was a very chill and informal Q and A, followed by a jam session. There were about 9 people who bought tickets for the meet and greet, and a few of them brought their guitars to jam on some songs with him.
He talked about the music industry a little bit, and how expensive it is to create good content. For example, some of his music videos cost more than $10,000 to make. One thing that stuck with me was his view of the infamous “day job.” Many musicians dream of quitting their day job so that they can tour forever, or at least most of the time, and make music full time. But that is simply not possible for most people – even people who are quite famous. It is very difficult to make money in this industry, and one of the main reasons is because people don’t buy music anymore. They just download or stream it.
His advice? Get a kickass day job. Get a day job where you become really good at it – get them to like you so that you can negotiate getting time off and availability to go on tour.
I really respect his advice, and I do think the path to success in this industry is with positivity and thinking outside the box. If you get weighed down by negative thoughts, you won’t have the motivation to keep going and do great things. If you think negative thoughts, I think you will attract negative thoughts. Positive people will attract positive things, etc.
The guitarist for my band happened to dress like a giant watermelon on this particular night. Angel Vivaldi happens to be a big influence to him musically, so it was entertaining seeing him meet one of his heroes wearing a bright pink watermelon shirt. I felt like a proud dad.
By the way…Angel Vivaldi said that he liked his watermelon shirt. So his opinion is the only one that matters.
We were on third, and the sound at the venue was pretty good. The place was so packed, you couldn’t walk two feet in front of you without bumping into someone else. Overall it was a fantastic night, and a lot of our friends came out to see the show. Angel Vivaldi’s performance was stellar as usual too. That guy can shred.
Anyway, the point of my post is this:
If you want success, work hard. Angel did it, and at his meet and greets, he explains this. How did he get so good at guitar? Practice. If you want something, work for it. Anything that is truly worth having is usually only obtained through hard work.
And if you want to dress like a watermelon, be the best damn watermelon anyone has ever seen.