This past year has been such a year of growth. As it came to an end I had time to evaluate where I wanted to go from here. I have always wanted to continue to move forward and do incredible things in my life. Ive never been content living an "average" life. Over this month I have had some time really think about whether I was moving forward and living the life that I love. For the most part my answer was yes, BUT there are still some new experiences to be had!
I was born and raised in the Seattle area and have always loved it here. I am very close with my family, and I am of the small population that actually loves the rain! HA. This place has always been secure and comfortable for me. In the industry that I work in, being comfortable and "safe" is another way of saying your stalled. I have been flying back and forth to LA, and running most everything from my computer (Technology these days makes it a lot easier) BUT there is still so many opportunities that I have had to pass up or missed out on because of my location. Sometimes I feel that I am the only one in my profession here. Its very seldom that I find a person that truly understands what I do, and the intensity of the industry and being an independent artist. I have a lot of brief conversations about what I do, but there is always a disconnect. Since last year I have made contacts and connected with various artists that do what I do, or completely get it! Having a support system is something I haven't had until this point.
The experience of being in a studio with a bunch of people who are professionally and creatively programmed similarly to me is empowering. To have someone understand my "lingo" and my feelings is where I feel at home. Having that collaboration and connection is so important in this industry. I realized the only way for me to have those connections, along with the opportunities and significant growth, is to move to a place where the music industry exists, and not only as something you see on TV and on the radio, but as a LIFE and a REALITY.
I took a trip down to LA a couple weeks ago and made the decision that that is where I'm headed. Im ready to stretch myself and be "uncomfortable" in a new place, with a new mindset, opportunities and everything that comes with that. I looked at over 20 places to live and found the one that I knew right way was home. I met some incredible people in the industry and had a meeting with my producer about what the plans are when I get there. The plan is to pack my bags and move there indefinitely this Spring! I am pumped and ready to have a powerful 2012 and this is going to be an important part in that story! :)