|Artists are slaves to their art, but money makes slaves of us all.|
Ah money. How I loathe thee, but if I only had more my life would be so much easier. I learned a long time ago that money does not make me happy, but it sure as hell would make my artistic career aspirations come to fruition a LOT sooner and with greater ease. I find myself faced with the same old dilemma that most artists, whether they be actors, musicians or really any self employed creative individual is faced with. How do I get the money that I need to launch my career and support myself, and still have enough time to work on my career while balancing my stupid(and often low paying) regular Joe job and working on the career that I really love and want to do?
Starting out in any business is not easy, and the music business is no exception. I need money to finish my album and produce my show based on the album I’m writing, and let me tell ya, my regular jack-off job as an interior designer ain’t cuttin’ it. Yes, I have enough money to live and put food on the table, but there’s barely any extra to throw into my music. It also doesn’t help that I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world where the cost of living is ridiculous! Don’t get me wrong, I love Vancouver and I certainly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in Canada given a choice, and where else am I going to find the resources, people, and market to launch an arts and entertainment career in Canada? Toronto, maybe, but who the hell wants to live there? Angry people who like the Toronto Maple Leafs, acid rain and cold winters, that’s who, but that’s not me, so here I am struggling to make a living in beautiful, temperate, laid-back Vancouver while trying to scrape together enough cash to make a go of it with my music and art.
So what do I do? Do I turn to the oldest profession and whore myself to upscale clientele at $500/hr(yes, I’m that good)? Hopefully not. My plan A is to determine how much money I need to finish the album and produce the show, and then try to get a business loan from the bank. Of course, this plan presents it’s own set of challenges. First, I need to write up a business plan in order to be taken seriously by any financial institution. Thankfully, I have done this before and know what to do. So next, on my ever growing list of things to do is write up a business plan for Borg Queen and present it to the bank, and pray to God that they think I’m as awesome as I think I am and lend me the money I need to continue to follow my dreams. Wish me luck because I’m going to need it.