Phew…tonight I’ll be playing my last gig of 2014 at the Thirsty Scarecrow New Year’s Eve Party. It also happens to be number 137 on my list of 2014 gigs (yes, I keep an excel sheet of all the shows I’ve done). It helps me to keep track of all of them – where I played, with whom and what event/venue it took place at. 137 is a tad lower than last year’s tally of 172, partially because I wasn’t doing 3 shows a day with a children’s roadshow. This year I filled in the blanks with a string of solo Fruit Vendor gigs which occupied mostly the last quarter of the year. It was my first time venturing out as a solo artist. Why gig this much though?
In early 2013, I wrote down 50 of my goals for the next 5 years and one of those was to gig at least once a week. I avidly tried to put that rule into practice in 2014 and it worked. Although some of the goals were not prioritised, many of them came to pass with little effort on my part – so there definitely is something to be said for visualising your goals (more on that later though). This year I’ve done solo singing gigs, duo gigs, full electric band gigs with Brother & Brother, I’ve sessioned for other artists and projects, acted in two musicals, acted in a roadshow that went to high schools, acted in two different mascot suits, done tech on a kids theatre show, written professionally for a music magazine and much, much more. I’ve made loads of new friends in the scene and made some lasting connections. I hope in 2015 to finish some of the projects I started this year, do more collaborations, make more money and live more intuitively.
Truth be told, being a performing artist is one of the hardest jobs out there – and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. That said, I wouldn’t trade it for something else that didn’t excite me as much as it does.
Happy New Year!