I’m an artist…a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and union actress. Writing songs and being creative are my overarching passions. I moved to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue music. This decision led to many adventures. I’m grateful to be working on films, commercials and voice-over jobs. I’ve recently released my 5th album and continue to perform and tour. Before I could follow my bliss and put more focus on my calling, however, I wore many hats. To make ends meet I worked as:
a professional house cleaner on a bicycle, a Special Education teaching assistant, a baker, a hotel receptionist, a foreign language private tutor, a translator of subtitles and documents, a live interpreter, a music management office manager, a production manager, (breathe) an event assistant, an assistant manager to major artists, a waitress, a bartender, a caterer, a house painter, a caretaker, a pet boarder, and as a precision driver on many movie sets. (breathe again).
Like many people…and because I didn’t know a better way, at the time…I was willing to take almost any job in the name of making my dreams come true.
Why am I sharing all this with you?
Because, I was FINALLY introduced to a home-based business that allows me to spend my time…time I previously put into working “jobs”…into focusing on what I love doing most. I pursue my passions while earning a passive/residual income. This is the same kind of income that keeps artists afloat. You know, the one job or recording that gets you broadcast or distributed in enough major markets that keeps paying you for the duration of the run. It’s that kind of income stream! At any time my work can be picked up for a myriad of entertainment opportunities, but I’ve learned it’s not wise to put all my eggs in that basket, and there is always another role or another song with those opportunities overlapping. As an artist focused on my passion, and all the creative offers afforded me, I can’t trade my time to work myself into a tizzy to make my mortgage payment. I also don’t want to feel like I need to win the lottery to be able to finance everything I love. My home-based business guarantees I get paid what I’m worth…with the ability for me to leverage my time instead of a manager or supervisor leveraging my time to boost their profits!
This all came about when a friend introduced me to this opportunity while I was working on the set of a commercial. First of all, I WAS OPEN, and because I was open, I was actually gifted with more than just the products I’ve fallen in love with, but also the business model. The company philosophy, the friends I’ve made, the personal development and how much I’ve grown are all benefits of being part of this industry.
Here’s the thing: I used to be able to recoup the expense of recording my albums by selling upwards of 10,000 of each. The advances in technology with Live Streaming has hindered my ability to do that with the kind of success I experienced in the past. When I started my home-based business, my music team and I were completing a crowd funding campaign two years into the planning to fund my 5th album. While we were successful and hit our goal, those funds were spent in 6 months, and it was the most stressful thing I’ve done in my music career! I’m so glad I’ll never have to do that again!!!
I’m not a fan of the beggar model…no matter how anyone wants to present it…and running a crowd funding campaign made working my home-based business look like a piece of cake! During that campaign I couldn’t wait to put more of my focus on a business I didn’t feel like I was a slave to…one that enables me to connect with more artists to empower them…that makes me money while I sleep. Now that I’m successfully running a home-based business, which is a wonderful vehicle to make both time and funds available to pursue my heart-desired, artistic passions, I’m on a mission to help hundreds of creative folks, (or anyone with an open mind), do the same. That’s another bonus of this fabulous industry…I am simultaneously helping people in my tribe do what they love! This business model keeps artists, (and teachers and stay-at-home-moms and retired individuals and students and truck drivers and, and…), from starving for time freedom, from starving for financial freedom, from starving (insert whatever it is you want more of here).
As an artist, I am so hungry for creative opportunities, but because of my home-based business, I’m never starving! I get to pick the opportunities that excite me, and do what I do for the love of it, not because of the pressure to make a living at it. ~ Clara