In May of 2014, I packed up my car with all that I could fit and hit the road for the hardest six hour drive of my life from South Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee. I barely knew a soul and alternated between couches of the few acquaintances that I did have, for months. I knew very little of the real music industry; my only reference points were the songs heard on the radio, my copies of Country Weekly that I read from cover to cover and the interviews I had studied as a child from icons like Crook and Chase and Ralph Emery. Where does one begin?
I sat down one day, not long after I moved and made a list of my talents I already had and what I wanted to learn. Writing was at the top of my skills list, as well as simply talking to people. Next was being on stage or in front of the camera. After all, I probably should put that theatre degree to use! The idea of creating a story from the other side of the lens was intriguing to me. So, I bought a Canon camera and started teaching myself.
A friend of mine had started an online magazine in 2015 called The Country Note and I immediately began helping to cover events by hosting interviews, writing stories, taking photos at shows and keeping up the social media accounts. By 2017, my friend decided to pursue other endeavors and my hobby quickly became a full-time commitment, along with the site's NY creator, Janeen. Representing The Country Note allowed me to fulfill bucket list items I envisioned as a child raised on 90's country and CMT. I was invited to cover private and public events, which led to tight knit relationships with publicists, managers, artists, labels and industry organizations. From red carpets to charity events to award shows and everything in between, I have been blessed to interview Opry legends as well as the newest and brightest stars in the industry.
Most importantly I've learned through it all that your "network" and your "net worth" are often one and the same - both are sacred and should be treated as such.