Last year at this time I had the privilege of dancing on the NBC Television show SMASH as a Waiter and a Featured Bollywood Dancer.
To say I was excited was an understatement. The scene is absolutely gorgeous and the song "˜A Thousand and One Nights' is a tune that will stick in your head for days. It was my first national television experience, and to be surrounded by that level, and talent is something that truly inspired me.
About two months later, I realized that it was time to get serious about my music. I had always wanted to professionally record my songs, and I knew that if I had the opportunity to dance on screen again, I would do it! Especially if I could sing as well! So with the encouragement of my manager/mentor, we decided to have a listening party for a couple guests. I played 6 of my original songs. Some new, and some old. Tunes that I felt could have an impact, told a story, and had the greatest potential.
With their feedback, encouragement, and honesty, it was evident that "˜Crazy Girl' and "˜Walk Out The Door' were the ones to record. Yet, it was a hard decision. Living a performer's life from pay check to pay check, presented a challenge. But a challenge I was determined to overcome. As a result things fell into place. I found a performance group called Applause NYC who hired me right away, Broadway Dance Center called and asked me to teach Irish Dance lessons for the summer, I was asked to perform in Al Blackstone's show "˜Happy We'll Be' and then I booked my first Off Broadway Workshop "˜One For My Baby'. The doors for this to work out financially opened wide. I had the finances to cover all aspects of recording, arranging, mixing, mastering, and the singles came out better than I ever could've imagined. Then it was time to start preparing for the music videos.
As a result, in October I launched my GoFundMe page. I had never fundraised before and I did not know what to expect. Well...it has been awesome! To be shown such generosity by friends, family, fans, and colleagues in such a public way, is a wonderful blessing. Presently, with the money that has been raised, the countless hours of catering, and the pennies I've saved over the past 9 months my team and I are in the process of talking with Videographers, Film Companies, and other aspects of pre- production for the videos. The response to the music, and our vision has been staggering. People who I've never met, have been so excited to potentially be a part of this project.
Since I've made that decision to step out in faith last April, I've learned so much about music, the business, and what it means to follow your dreams. I've learned what it is to sacrifice, persevere, and continue on when the road was tough, or didn't present a picture perfect outcome. Although it's still a challenge financially, I won't lose faith.
When you accomplish a dream, whether big or small, it's awesome. Dancing on SMASH was a moment when I felt my hard work paid off. It was one scene, and one gig, that brought so much joy. Joy that encouraged me to believe in this vision. A year ago I never thought I'd have this opportunity. Now I do. How cool is that?!