Before I decided to be purely a musician, I did other performing things that actually paid me money! Although there was money involved, the jobs were not glamorous. It's fun to think back on all the crazy things I've done while being a performer. Here's a little glimpse!
I spent a summer performing at Six Flags Over Georgia, where we were basically doing aerobics in 100 degree weather while singing every day. It was probably the sweatiest job I've ever had. I was in 2 shows, a 50's Show and a Beach Show, and we performed on the hour, 8 hours a day. I felt like I was paying my dues with this job!
At one point in my life, I lived in North Dakota for 6 months performing in an outdoor Country Revue. We lived in a town that literally only had a bar and a gas station and the nearest Walmart was a half hour away. Some drunk man even shot his wife in this town while I lived there and I felt like I was in a real life old-western movie. We performed our show every night, rain or shine, and I got to wear awesome patriotic cowgirl attire.
One time, I lived in Amish Country for a few months and performed in an Amish Musical. There was no Walmart in this town either, but there were plenty of horses and buggies! Luckily the Producers let me have electricity where I was staying.
Probably the craziest thing I did was travel the country and perform as a Grandma with a walker. Everyday I would dress up in this jumpsuit with santa hats in my belly as stuffing, and put on this wig. We performed all over the country at student camps with the organization Student Life. Personally, I don't think I've ever looked better.
Part of me wishes my life was crazy like it used to be. Settling down in Nashville has been rewarding, but also challenging. I liked living in random places for months at a time. I think that's why I'm so antsy to get back on the road next year and continue touring. I love exploring and experiencing new places. I can't wait to see where next year takes me...and I hope it takes me somewhere crazy!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.