30-year-old female songstress full-timing in a Class B solo!
(Atlantic City )
I am a 31 year old female singer/songwriter from New Jersey, and I am about to become a full-timer in a Class B RV, and travel the country playing music in the homes of strangers, without so much as a boyfriend, husband, or even a dog :)
I had a realization around the end of high school, that I was called to make art and music, and should spend my life doing just that. For the better part of my twenties, I attempted to follow my dreams: I recorded and released two records on my own. I wrote music for the OWN network. I played out and gigged in Philadelphia, but touring never got off the ground because of so many factors. In my mid-twenties I took a teaching job, with the intention to move to North Jersey and gig in the city, but instead (and stop me if you've heard this one) - I ended up being a school teacher for 5 years and the music inside seemed to fall away.
In 2011, I got laid off from my job. At first I was upset, but soon after realized that it wasn't losing the job that had upset me, but that I was 29 years old and had no idea what I was doing with my life. My friends were married, had houses, jobs, and were starting families. I sat on the outskirts of that life, getting older, and always dreaming and itchy to travel and see new places, and above all else to make music.
That summer I was offered a job teaching in another district, but I turned it down. Instead I decided to commit myself to music 100%. I raised $15,000 to make my 3rd record through fan support, and spent the last year of my life pouring myself out to create my best work yet. And come October, I'll be releasing that record.
So how did I end up deciding to live in an RV? Well, truth be told I got the idea two years ago - when I realized that the only way I could really get my music out there is to take the bull by the horns and play nationally, not locally. Since that would be impossible while also paying rent, it seemed at the time that an RV was the answer.
I researched them for 9 months, educating myself on everything you'd have to know before purchasing one - and then I waited for the magical Roadtrek to show up! Finally, I found my 2003 Roadtrek 190 Popular being sold by a little old couple in Indiana! When I called them up we became instant friends,and they loved my ambition and desire to make music and travel, so much in fact, that even after I was denied my loan, they let me buy it over 4 months by making installments!!!
Which brings me up to date. It's September, and I've made $11,000 in payments to the little old couple in Indiana. I have to come up with another 11K. I am in the process of getting rid of everything I own (mostly anyway), moving out of my apartment, and booking the first 3 months of my tour.
I have to say that everyone I know thinks I'm out of my mind. My family, my friends - they tell me I'm crazy to go out on the road alone. They tell me that I'm 31 and "time's a ticking" and I'll never have children or marry. They tell me I'll have no security and waste my "money making years". Mostly, I think they are just astounded I'd be so brave and ballsy.
I have no idea what this life will be like, but Ive never been a conventional gal. While the idea of having children sounds lovely, I'm not about to shape my life in a way that makes me unhappy on the off chance I'd meet the right guy and have kids. I do believe though, that when you live your life as your most authentic self, and you act boldly, that you stand the best chance of attracting the love of your life. And I hope that he's out there on the road, and will want to join me on my journey.
It took me over a decade to accept what I already knew at 18 :)
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