After applying for my artist visa last year, my petition was denied by the USCIS. As many of my friends have known, I have struggled in the past couple years to try to find a way to stay in the US and I've come to the point where I barely even have enough money to pay for my rent. I cannot take any jobs due to my status as international. In the meantime, I can only do a little bit of music and church gigs to help pay off my expenses. Over the course of 6 months or so, I have lived under credit cards and now they have reached their limits. I have debts to pay off as well, but most importantly, my priority is to stay in the US.
Who I Am and What I Do
My name is Kevin Febryan. I am a Los Angeles based Indonesian musician (singer-songwriter specifically) and a choral singer (tenor). I use my stage name Vin Ryan to promote my singer-songwriter songs that I have produced in the past couple of years. I have a degree in Business Administration from USC Marshall School of Business. Many people have suggested me to get a work visa that is more related to business (H-1B), but the chances of getting that visa are getting smaller and smaller especially since the new US presidency began recently. Therefore, my best bet is to apply for an artist visa. Moreover, this will give me better chances to keep pursuing my career in music.
Here is the link to some of my works on my SoundCloud: Blue (EP)
A music video that I did: Arrow
As a choral singer, I had sung with the USC Chamber Singers as well as many other USC ensembles and currently am singing with a social justice choir, Tonality, led by Alexander Lloyd Blake, and National Children Chorus. I am currently also cantoring for the 9pm Sunday mass at the USC Caruso Catholic Center every week.
Check out some videos of the ensembles that I have been singing with recently!
Democracy (Feat. India Carney)
Psalm 133 by Nick Strimple
Deep River arr. Alexander Lloyd Blake
USC Chamber Singers
ACDA National Convention Performance
Ezekiel arr. Stacey Gibbs
Brightest and Best by Shawn Kirchner
Mid-Winter by Bob Chilcott
What I Need
This is my first time doing a crowdfunding campaign! I am starting it right on my birthday because instead of sending me gifts, I would really appreciate it if you would make a contribution towards helping me finish my album! I will use this album as a supporting document to reapply for the artist visa petition. My lawyer suggested me to reapply in late February or early March. Therefore, I am deeply in need to finish this album as soon as possible and get the words out there! Basically, the more publicity there is, the better is the chance for me to getting my visa!
Staying in the US is my main priority right now and the best way to do that is to get an artist visa so I can work legally in the US as a full time musician. Many people have turned a lot of opportunities down for me due to my inelligibility to work in the States. While those are gone, I am still optimistic that more opportunities will come! I will try my best to reach my dream and be successful as an artist.
Brighter Blue (EP)
The title of my next mini album (EP) is called Brighter Blue. The title of the album comes from one of the songs that will be in the album itself, which is also called Brighter Blue. I co-wrote this song with my two of my writing partners in a songwriting class at UCLA extension. We wrote this song two years ago after I lost one of my best friends, Shabika, who passed away because of brain cancer. It took me a while to recover and process the idea that my best friend, who was two years younger than me, not being there anymore. I spent a lot of time regretting every moment that I could have spent with her. It really took a toll on me. It was not until I had to write this song, Brighter Blue, about seeing the brighter side of things in the world despite of how sad they might seem to our eyes, that really helped me to see that I have to get up and keep living my life.
Sample Work for My Upcoming Album
Here is a demo version of one of the songs that I wrote for this upcoming album:
Fall in Love Again (Demo Version)
I will keep you updated with the other songs. I am currently writing them!
- Producer Fee (includes recording all instruments and mixing for 5 songs): $1,750
- Mastering Fee: $250
- Microphone: FREE (Neumann TLM 103)
- Recording Studio: FREE (Bedroom to record vocals)
The campaign will run for one week starting from February 8th (9th on Indonesian time). Then, I will start production right away with as much money as I can get from this crowdfunding campaign. I am predicting for the production process to take about two weeks to finish. Then, once that is done, I will have it mastered in a mastering company in LA.
As soon as I am done with the album, I will release it right away. I will have them on iTunes, Google Play Store, Soundcloud, and many other music outlets just like I did with my previous two albums: White and Blue. I will also send all the songs to all my contributors through WeTransfer to the email addresses provided.
BIG THANK YOU!
Thank you so much everyone! I deeply am grateful for all the people that I know in my life. If there is one thing to take away from the long painful visa applying process last year, it is that I have so many people who actually care about me.
Please help me to share the words to anyone that might be able to help contribute towards the making of this album. This means the world to me.
Why I Prefer the US over My Own Country
Don't get me wrong... I love my own country, Indonesia. It will always be in my heart. I always miss the people, my family, the food, the nice places there... But, I feel like I have been called onto a different path. Being in the US made me realize how much I can accomplish with the talents that I have been given as a musician. I always have a strong passion in music... since I was three years old learning how to play the piano. All I ever want to do is to help as many people as I can. I had been trying to discover how I can do that best and I certainly have found the answer. Being a part of choirs, being a voice that can speak to society, being able to facilitate better solutions for people... those are the best ways I know how to utilize both my personality and talents. I want to keep doing what I am doing. I do not want to lose it nor I want to stay constant. I want to reach out more. I want to gain more opportunities. I want to push myself beyond my limit on how much I can accomplish in life. And I have to do that here, in the US.
At first, when I heard that my visa was rejected, I was okay with the idea of going back home. But, there was one thing that made me rethink of my decision. Someone really close to me (I will not disclose who that person is, but that person has pretty much authority over my life back home) told me that if I do go back to Indonesia, I should not do music. That person even told me to stop going to church because all I will do is embarass them in front of other people - that I have wasted years being in the US and not getting any results in my life... Basically, according to that person, I am just a disgrace to society. Although, it seems rough, I get where that person is coming from and I still love that person. I do. People do different things to show how they love/care for others. If that is the case with that person trying to protect me from all these "potential disasters", I would like to propose my own idea of how I show love to others: by being able to survive, live on my dream and thus, inspire others. Then, they can see that in the end, there are results over what I have been working on in the past several years of my life. That is why I cannot give up right now. I will try my best and give all I can to stay in the US.
Appreciation in Advance
I would like to thank my best friends for all their support all this time, my apartment mates who are highly understanding towards my financial status and allowing me to be flexible in paying my rents, church friends for their continuous prayers, and all the people who have helped me write letters of recommendations (USC professors, UCLA Extension instructors, and Choral Conductors). You are forever in my heart. I would never be able to repay you, but I will pay it forward through the music and art that I create in my life. You keep me believing in humanity and I promise to always keep fighting to spread kindness and love to all the world.
Social Media Links:
Facebook: Vin Ryan
YouTube: Vin Ryan
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