Have you ever noticed in movies that the main characters usually struggle finding what they want, and then once they know what they want- they get it? All they have to do are the motions and then over time, they have the job and life they always imagined. For example, I just saw "The Vow", and Rachel McAdams decides to be an artist and then flash five years forward, and she has her own exhibit. Well I was starting to think that that was just Hollywood, but then I started looking over the past year of not only what I've accomplished, but what those around me have accomplished. One of my friends got promoted into her perfect position, and finally started climbing the managment ladder at her company. One of my friends started saving money to buy her first house. My sorority sister married her sweetheart and moved up the corporate ladder as well. Two of my best friends got engaged and another one of my friends even starred on The Voice. And then there's me. On the surface, I was focusing on all the negative: I quit my job and came back for a demotion and smaller pay. I maxed out all three of my major credit cards, and I've yet to find a job that requires the college degree that I worked so hard for. On the flipside: I went from playing acoustic shows at the Hookah Bar in Tallahassee to playing the mainstage at the Viper Room in Hollywood. I went from the top 200 pop artists of LA in Reverb Nation to the top 50. I released a song on iTunes, I filmed a music video, I MADE money at my last show as oppossed to paying for it. And most excitingly, my first song was accepted for television placement in a documentary. So YES I quit my job, and YES I went broke, and YES I feel like I'm wasting that degree that my parents spent so much money on BUT all I really did was decide what I want, go through the motions, and make progress. To everyone of my friends that did the same over the past couple of years- Cheers. Your path may not be the path that anyone paved, your path may be rocky and unconventional, but any artist will tell you that you have to make a whole lot of mess before you see the masterpiece.
Designing my album covers on photoshop and editing my own music video have slowly but surely led me to recreate my own website. At the moment, my PC is uploading my music video to YouTube while I write this blog on my iMac. I've been told that it's important to have a bigger internet presence. What happened to the days where being a musician was sexy? I haven't been to the gym all week! Next thing you know, I'll actually go Pro my ProLogic, and I will never see sunlight again... Anyway, I have to get off of this blog now and go back to my website and try some sort of rss readfeeder thing... (I know, it's almost as sexy as the Snuggy I'm wearing)
Kristi Salas is a singer/songwriter who honed her writing skills in her hometown of Kansas City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue big dreams. Kristi was a contestant and winner on E!'s "Bank of Hollywood" in 2010, and is currently recording and promoting her first Album, "Admit It". You can find her first single, "Admit It" on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.