I’ve wanted to blog for a few days, but I’ve been distracted by a flurry of issues involving my car/driver’s license/house/mold situation. UGH….
On Monday night, I went to the Sugarland concert. Sara Bareilles was opening and as I looked at her band, I was shocked to see that I knew the bass player, Daniel Rhine. He and I had played a few times at Point Loma Nazarene University’s church when I was in college. I think I remember him getting the gig, but had forgotten since it’s been a few years. After she finished, I went down to get a funnel cake and some lemonade (Which are all on my diet… btw…) And I saw Daniel walking from the stage with his friends or family. I was like, “Hey Daniel, I’m Josh Damigo, we played together in San Diego…”
Daniel was so kind and I couldn’t shake his hand or anything cause I was literally jumbling all the food, but it was so good to see another one of the people I’ve encountered in the past “making” it. The theatre was amazing, and the show was awesome, but seeing a friend be able to play for that crowd was the best part of the whole experience.
Today I’m at the SESAC conference in LA. I love how much of a family atmosphere there is here. I think that the peeps at SESAC are some of the only friends I have in town sometimes. I have honestly had a tough time making friends, or finding legit contacts in LA because a lot of people promise things, but then don’t follow through. I’ve been offered record contracts/promotion deals/endorsements and the next thing I know, I’ve been put on the backburner, they don’t take my calls, and they quit trying to hang out. I just don’t need that anymore. I need results. So it’s nothing personal, it’s simply just moving on to people that can get things done on the budget that I have, and not trying to milk my 8 dollar an hour paycheck from my part-time day job. 😛 I’ve been in LA for 8 months now, and many of the things I had hoped for haven’t even been started, so I’m learning that until I have money to make things happen, I have to keep moving forward with the opportunities I have.
Decision making is tough. When you get an opportunity, and you don’t have a ton of time to decide what to do, how do you choose? One person told me, “Go with your gut.” But what do you do when your gut is turning in 2 different ways? Another person said, “Things are clearer in the morning.” But what happens when you wake up, and you still can’t choose?
I don’t know if I have an answer for my own question. I guess you just make a decision and see where it leads. You can think on it, pray about it, ask you friends for advice, but ultimately, you have to do what you have to do, and whatever reasoning you use, it’s ultimately your own decision.
That may seem cryptic, and that’s my bad… I think it’s just that I’m looking for someone else to tell me what to do sometimes. This last year has been so incredibly difficult in figuring out what to do, and “Faking it till I’m Making it”, that I’m exhausted and need help. If you can give me to a music supervisor, introduce me to a friend, sign me to a record label, give me a publishing deal, then I’m here and ready for a hug. 😛