Those of you that come to my website to learn about me, this is NOT a hobby for me. I am working to pay bills, to help provide for our family. This is my job, which I LOVE to do. I have many bills to pay, like storage for my CDs and audio/staging equipment, paying off a credit card, we have a house payment, purchasing clothes, food. Paying for my education to keep up on the latest technology and business marketing. To vote for the Grammys, I have to be a member of NARAS which requires membership dues. I pay for all of the music equipment I need, I pay for all of the promotional I do during a CD release. I pay for my website service. Photos, videos, I need to pay someone to help me with that. Business cards, posters everything and anything graphic arts related. Videos are not cheap, but there are ways I can create videos easier than 10 years ago! Everything I do, I pay for.
How do I pay for it?
It alls starts with me and YOU. Your purchases help me to do all of the above plus more. Crowd funding helps me to do even more. In order to be able to release an album - I need to reverse engineer the costs to show how many I need to sell, digitally/physically to pay for everything. When you and are team up - I can do SO much more, which helps me stay creating.
Trillium for example was $80,000 USD! That included the artwork, photo shoot, manufacturing, recording, studio rental, travel expenses which includes food, transportation. Makeup and hair artists, graphics design team, guest musicians, promotion for worldwide radio airplay, internet radio, Copyright expenses, sheet music ( and I still have not finished that). Touring to perform costs money as well.