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Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:30 pm
by Jane B
Hi everyone, I hope you have all been well; much has gone on in my life recently which is why I've been away from these boards the past few months. A lot of positive changes have taken place so I thought I'd give a bit of an update. Some of you may remember when I was in a dilemma about two musical projects I was in. Project A, which had more momentum but was less satisfying musically, and project B, which seemed to appeal more to my musical tastes but was still very low profile and underground. Well I reached a point where I was feeling dissatisfied because Project A was really developing and demanding a great deal of my time, leaving very little time for Project B, which is what I felt like focusing on. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=20146 So I thought and thought about it and eventually had a meeting with the manager and members of Project A and told them I wanted to leave the band because I wanted more time to pursue other projects. I felt like it was really the right decision for me, but a tough one to make nonetheless. I have had many memorable experiences with project A, created lasting friendships, and I did still enjoy playing with them even though I wanted to do other things. Well, the result of the meeting was better than I'd ever expected. They respected my decision, but they were very disappointed to see me go because we had a great working relationship together until the end. And then, a few weeks later, the singer from project A asked if I would still be willing to collaborate with the band on an irregular basis, i.e. if they needed me just for a series of shows or for a recording session now and then. This to me means I can have my cake and eat it too. I can keep in touch with the people of project A and collaborate with them, but I also have more time to do what I REALLY want right now, i.e. project B. Now about project B. I mentioned it had been gaining momentum. Well, we played our first gig last week and it was totally amazing! The venue was packed with friends and people we had been telling about our project for the past year, since we initiated it. I had the worst butterflies before the show, which means a lot to me: I have played close to a hundred shows over the past few years with project A, even some very high profile gigs, but never experienced half the anxiety I had before the first gig with project B in that crowded and kinda crummy little bar. I got countless comments from people who were amazed by our show, and by my performance in particular. The next few days I was filled with positive energy and a sense of serenity. I really feel like this is much closer to what I want to achieve musically. The experience has also reinforced the motivation of the band members and created a really good vibe within the band. In the meantime I've also managed to expand my freelance translation business, a flexible source of income that allows me to devote time to what I love without having to worry about paying the bills. Thanks to everyone here who offered me support and helped me out in difficult times. I hope my efforts and achievements can inspire and help others. Best, Jane

Re: Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:22 pm
by dani
Congratulations, Jane! :D

Re: Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:56 pm
by pattyn
Wow, Jane! Sounds like you're just sailing along toward the life of your dreams. Bravo!

Re: Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:58 pm
by aquabelle
Thoughtful of you to give an update, Jane! Such detailed explanation of your progress toward your dreams gives the rest of us a real boost of courage. Carol Lois

Re: Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:10 pm
by skannie
Jane B wrote:This to me means I can have my cake and eat it too.
XLNT!! :D 8) :D 8) What kind of music are you playing with the new band? I've also had some successes with both music and translation recently. I was invited to play a few tunes during a St Patrick's Day gig. And I've been doing some full translations from Slovak and Czech into English. I understand how those languages work, but I'm not at all fluent in either of them, so it's slow, laborious work with dictionaries and a bit of Internet research, especially with such specialised subjects as banking contracts, tax forms and building construction, (although there was a list of wine descriptons which was rather fun). But it's much better paid than correcting other people's translations, and that usually involve a lot of re-translating anyway. I just wish every job wasn't urgent and they'd pay me a bit faster. Do you have the same problems?

Re: Thought I'd give an update on my musical experiences..

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:52 pm
by Jane B
Hi skannie, Yeah, tight deadlines are typical with this kind of work. Sometimes when a customer has a next to impossible delay, I've started charging an extra percentage for rush delivery. As for sending payment, most of my clients pay me within net 30 days (that's the standard here; don't know if it's different in Slovakia but if I were you I would definitely look into it)or sometimes much sooner. I've fortunately never had clients who tried to weasel their way out of paying, but occasionally I've had to hassle clients if it's been more than 30 days. Yeah, being a freelancer offers great flexibility and the luxury to work at home in your pyjamas or sipping a Pina Colada on the beach, but it also has it's downsides, i.e. a regular paycheck.