…..I’m back in NYC. I’ve been back for a week, but Cam and I had some out of state shows over the weekend, so I feel like I haven’t REALLY been back. But now I’m in Starbucks, working on my computer, surrounded by a bunch of people I’ll never know, never meet, and that fact doesn’t depress me. To be perfectly honest, it’s a relief. I am an introvert. All of this traveling and meeting people has been INCREDIBLE, don’t you get me wrong. But I recharge by being a wallflower. Obviously, living in NYC makes this easy.
So, this tour blog didn’t QUITE turn out as awesome and in-depth as I wanted. But we were close.
In the interest of full-disclosure, here are our final numbers:
Sound Equipment: $50
CD sales: $1308.00 minus $8.96 for CC charges = $1299.04
Door Money: $1264.00
Money Raised for Charity: $1080.00
What we made: $2175.32
THE POINT OF THIS WHOLE THING:
I have no idea what other bands make on the road. This is really the first time I planned and executed something like this on my own (with a lot of help from Cam), and I’m still incredibly obscure in terms of people knowing who I am. To be honest, when I approached Cam about this and asked him if we could use his car, etc….I basically told him my only goal was to break even, and would he be okay with that? Because he’s awesome, he said yes. And both of us were incredibly surprised to each walk away with a thousand bucks.
A lot of people ask me about what I do and how I do it, and are always surprised when I tell them that yeah, basically, music is my full-time job. I’m really lucky because of the support I have and the flexible hours I keep nannying/babysitting, etc. What I wanted to do with this blog was just show people that it’s possible to go do what you want. If you’re in a band and you want to tour, you can do it. You just have to be smart. Obviously a salary of about $500 a week isn’t a huge amount of money, but look - I’m not remotely famous. No one knows who I am. I used friends and family and social networking to make it happen, and I didn’t even do THAT AWESOME of a job.
It isn’t glamourous by any means. House shows make the most money, but can be the most awkward in terms of not feeling like a “real musician” playing a “real club.” What I try to keep in mind is the individual person. ONE PERSON coming up to me and telling me they love what I do is hopefully one more loyal friend who will be there in the years to come. If I just keep climbing, one by one, I’m moving forward. And that’s basically the only goal I have at the end of every day.
SO. THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE WHOSE PATH CROSSED MINE ON THIS TOUR. I met so many incredible people, and I can’t wait to send each and every one of you little notes telling you so. Watch your mailboxes.
Cincinnati was a special show, because it was a fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer! All of the door money (our usual suggested $10 donation) went to that cause, and can I just say - Cam and I have helped to raise over $1000 for charity on this tour, and I am just amazed at the generosity we’ve seen. THE WORLD IS FULL OF GOOD PEOPLE, EVERYONE. I am so grateful to be reminded.
- Gas: $23.48 (free food from our incredible hosts, and a free place to stay that night thanks to my grandparents!)
- Door money (donated): $520
- CD sales: $280
- Extra gas money donations: $15
Total: $280 + $15 - $23.48 = $271.52 + $1855.30 = $2126.82