No one believed in Band Aid Records when I first started it. No one. Nooooo one. Everyone thought I was insane when I even suggested the idea. I was already working for a 'record company' and I just wasn't happy. I felt very stagnant. I wasn't learning anything there (was actually being taken advantage of for the most part) and my soul died a little every time I walked through those doors.
I'd been doing freelance for several bands for years and soaking up everything I could from various mentors. I really felt I was ready. I gathered some of the bands I'd been working with and basically said, hey would you actually pay me to do this? and most of them did. On January 1, 2011 Band Aid Records officially launched.
In the past year and a half, I've met so many incredible people that have taught me so much and given me so many opportunities. I've gotten to travel. I've gotten to meet bands I've admired since I was a little girl. I got to work on the tour that started my love affair with music. People in the music industry that I've looked up to from afar have become my mentors and even my friends.
But as with all good things, they must come to an end.
Is this real life?
Indeed it is. Band Aid Records is... well, I'll say shifting gears a bit. The blog will remain unchanged. It will actually become the heart of everything. We will continue to use it to report music news, do interviews, and promote independent artists. We will still have the Brand Ambassadors; however they will no longer be promoting just our clients, but other independent artists. (I'll post more on this later.) I have two really great bands that I will personally continue to work with for a while.
Other than promoting the music I love, the driving force behind Band Aid has been helping young women establish themselves in this industry. I have three great girls interning right now and I will continue to work with them until the end of their internship on September 1st.. teaching them everything i've learned and finishing up final projects for current clients. After that point, I'm stepping away.
I'm placing most of my focus now into Open Our Eyes. I have a few other projects I'm digging into and I can't wait to talk about them soon. Photography isn't going anywhere either.. I want to see how far I can go with this. Over the past few months, it's become a lot more than just a hobby. I also have a really great opportunity at a local church that I'm considering pursuing.
I really feel like I'm the luckiest girl in the world. Most people don't get to live their dreams at all and I got to do it for almost two years. Thank you to every single person who has had a part in this in any way.
I'm so stoked for the next chapter in my life.