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Hi I'm Karen Cotton and I'm a newly divorced single mom trying to make it on my own. Dating is tough and so is the job market right now. I've applied at lots of places, thousands, getting interviews etc. and I haven't landed anything except real estate. I am working on my Colorado and Wyoming real estate license, trying to get piano students, nobody is taking piano right now because the economy is tough. Yes I have an album coming out next month and a single releasing this month. And I've gotten a lot of grief from my family about paying money to record music and pursue music , but I am on two record labels, and I will be a spokesperson for two mental health non profits eventually, in the works now, but my dream since I was three years old and my dad taught me to sing was to play music professionally and for years and years I have tried to pursue music as a career. I have been performing since I was three. I was in the elementary school choir, the Harrison Hummers, that my dad called the Harrison Humdingers, silly man lol. I took piano lessons when I turned eight, and my grandparents moved the piano from their house to mine on Colorado Drive in Green River, Wyoming. In fourth grade I started playing my mom's clarinet in band under the direction of Jill Carpenter. In middle school I started piano playing in jazz band with Jason Grubb at Lincoln Middle School. I was also in choir and symphonic band. In high school at Green River High I lettered in band. I played the alto and bass clarinet in band. I played the piano in jazz band, again with Jason Grubb, and I had a crush on our drummer Wes I think was his name, lol. But I also played alto clarinet in marching band and both alto and bass clarinet in the orchestra pit for several high school musical productions. I also acted in plays and musicals. I was the mayor's wife and farmer's wife in The Music Man, the mayor's wife in Bye Bye Birdie, and I was an Islander and Nurse in South Pacific. I dyed my skin with that gross tanning lotion and wore a black wig and looked horrible, but that's the minor role I was given. I did make up, lighting, costumes and costume design. I was in the theater club and I also lettered in theater. I also went to the Utah Shakespearean Festival in High School. I was in advanced choir, as well, but I always wanted to be in the show choir. In college at Western Wyoming Community College I first majored in music and I was in symphonic band and jazz band, but my family wanted me to do something more practical, so I majored in English to be an English teacher. Then one day a guy read one of my poems and a couple weeks later we chased a fire truck in his car and we covered a fire story for the college newspaper, The Oracle. I was hooked on journalism because you can do so much behind the scenes, make change happen, educate people and talk to amazing people. So, I changed my major. I covered sports, news and arts and features reporting beats. Then in the summer of 1995 I started an internship at the Rocket Miner. In 1996 I graduated with my associate's degree in journalism and a scholarship in journalism to the University of Wyoming. Then at UW I was told by bad academic advisors to not do any kind of music classes and only focus on journalism, which was really bad advice! But I did it. I also took a semester of photojournalism as a minor until the university killed that program. I was a UW public relations intern when Matthew Shepard was murdered and I dealt with international media outlets. And Elton John :) so that's when I really got interested in arts and entertainment features reporting. I freelanced for several publications in college The Boomerang, The Casper Star Tribune, Country Weekly and The Green River Star. Then I covered Alabama with Kenny Chesney as an opener. I interviewed Randy Owen in person at the UW Arena Auditorium and Kenny. Randy told me about Fan Fair in Nashville, which is now CMA Fest. I went there that summer and reported for the Casper Star Tribune. But first I met Kenny Chesney again in Denver at the Grizzly Rose and then he invited me to see him at his Fan Club party at Fan Fair, which I went to, but started dating Don and he told me not to go on Kenny Chesney's bus. I made the wrong choice and listened to Don because after 24 years married we are now divorced. When he divorced me I was abandoned by him at a psych hospital in Colorado jobless and homeless. So ladies never listen to mother-in -laws who think it's best for wives to be supported by their husbands and that house wives and moms are the way to go because I was so screwed. Also always have access to money that is just yours. Never put your significant other on all of your accounts. Never ! So here I am now in my situation. Yes I had a job last September, but the commute from Colorado was very hard. And I was going to add I played music in college, I got all of my music industry contacts in Nashville, which is why I landed my job at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in 1999 when I was a senior in college. I worked there for 12 years interviewing celebrities, astronauts, authors, musicians like Taylor Swift, B.B. King, Foreigner, the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, and The Judds, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Sara Bareilles, Death Cab For Cutie, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, etc.
I worked on two books and I started going to SCBWI conferences. I also played in jazz band, symphonic band, and civic band, in Cheyenne, and at LCCC as a community member. I was in praise bands and church choir all throughout college and in my childhood and adulthood. And I learned a lot about the music industry as a reporter, went backstage often to give the performers their articles to show them what I wrote and told the truth about them. But I always wanted to be a musician and now at age 46 I am on that path. My producer Adam Knight has said to me that he believes by the end of this year all that I will be doing for a living is playing music professionally. But, in the meantime if you could help fund my magazine start up, help with bills and just expenses until I land a solid good paying job while I also pursue my music career , magazine, and books, which I am also working on, please help me. I will so appreciate it!
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