I'm Glad I Lost My Day Job

I'm glad I lost my day job.

Really!

It kicked off a very cool and moving journey.

Oh, I miss the regular paycheck and the nice people I worked with. But that's about it.

Sometimes when you're waiting for your ship to arrive, life sneaks up and shoves ya off the dock.

So far, the water's fine!

I've spent more time with my family, more time chasing this dream, a bit more time worrying about finances (that ebbs and flows), less money (it's amazing what you really don't need), more time praying, more time trusting...and after 9 months of no day job, a LOT more time working my butt off for the Rollaz.

Look what's been accomplished!

A brand new, all-original record! The best one I've made to boot!

A short film about my bucket list trip to the crash site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. It's so rewarding to hear people tell me they visited the site because they were moved by the film.

Took care of all the paper work, website registration and mailings with the Office of Copyright, BMI, SoundExchange, iTunes, Amazon.com and CD Baby.

The record was accepted by Pandora!

Continued work on three upcoming music videos.

A local press campaign for the upcoming CD release party.

Contacted many people and organizations in a promotional push for more big shows. And, some very big shows were successfully rocked by the Rollaz!

Folks, it's been a VERY productive year! Not much of the above would've happened had I stayed in a comfortable 9-5 job.

It's still spooky at times seeing bills stack up on the living room piano. It's a bit unnerving to see a calendar with tentative dates only pencilled in, knowing that the budget completely collapses if they fall through. It's always a relief to see a signed contract arrive; however, we've learned there are no guarantees until the show is actually performed.

Despite some sleepless nights, many questions from concerned family and friends and a LOT of creative budgeting...I've LOVED this year!!!

It's not how I would've planned it.

It's BETTER.

8 comments

  • Beth Johnson
    Beth Johnson
    Amazing life journey you've chosen to take one I am sure Lisa & the girls will never regret even if times are a little shaky at times! Just keep the faith God always has away of opening new doors & has a way of providing if we just have faith! Good Luck to you & the Holy Rocka Rollaz I know you will succeed as you band is amazing to listen to!! I can't wait for the CD party in Dec!!!

    Amazing life journey you've chosen to take one I am sure Lisa & the girls will never regret even if times are a little shaky at times! Just keep the faith God always has away of opening new doors & has a way of providing if we just have faith!
    Good Luck to you & the Holy Rocka Rollaz I know you will succeed as you band is amazing to listen to!! I can't wait for the CD party in Dec!!!

  • Don Osborn
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    Cool report Mark. Glad to hear it has been going pretty well. Good luck in the future.

    Cool report Mark. Glad to hear it has been going pretty well. Good luck in the future.

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