Just Give Me A To Do List

Alex Walsh Show Business Blog #1

9/5/14

Why is it wonderful? Because:

Yesterday I made my last payment to Sallie Mae. I kicked that gal to the curb! I graduated from college in the fall of 1996 (after years off because I couldn’t stand school). By 1997 I was getting bills. But I was broke. So broke I had to sell my electric guitar to pay the rent (A 1993 Gibson Les Paul Studio, black with gold trim). It was a drastic move. (Years later I bought the same model when I saw it on craigslist, but wine red. I’m holding it now as I type). But that’s business, right? Got to pay the bills.

So I’ve been on this get rid of debt campaign since about 2010. It started really slowly when I realized I was having a hard time breathing. I didn’t understand what it was. Then I started looking at my business situation. I had a lot of debt! So I started paying down my credit cards.

About 18 months ago, a wonderful singer / songwriter named Cara Wick turned me onto Dave Ramsey. I was telling her my troubles, how I’d be paying back debt forever and how could I do music if I’m paying off debt? She gave me his book, the Total Money Make Over. I immediately put it on the shelf.

A month later I was trying to record a new Album at home. I realized that it would suck if I did it all myself. I needed to work with other musicians in a real studio, all of which costs real money. Did I have a fan base that would buy this CD (to justify spending the money to make it)? Judging by my previous one, no.

So I was sitting there and I looked up and there was the Dave Ramsey book. I read about half of it and I was convinced. This was a financial plan. I knew in the back of my mind I needed a plan, but did not know how to get one. Now I had one.

I immediately listed a bunch of music equipment on craigslist and it started selling. I put it into the debt…I was on my way. Very cool!

I discovered that Dave Ramsey had a radio show and a podcast. I became obsessed, as is my nature. I started working his baby steps. I eventually told my wife that I was doing this. She didn’t think there was a problem. After much cajoling we got on the same page, and today we’re debt free (we still have a mortgage, but that will be finished up sooner than later…).

I’m sorry I didn’t document the past year. I only started blogging today because every blogger says it’s good for your career. It will take you places. I hope so! I recently discovered Penelope Trunk. I love her writing. I wish she had more youtube videos. And Ariel Hyatt. She’s a music pr person. I bought her book. She really spells it out. I need plans. People in show business need plans.

I also like Seth Godin. But I need people to tell me what to do. Like a to do list. I’m convinced I need to do it, just give me a to do list.

Show Business? What’s that? After 28 years in “Show Business” and/or the “Music Business”, I haven’t seen much business. Will I stop? No. Do I still believe? Absolutely. I’d be crazy not to…

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  1. Harry Potter face parte dintr-o cu totul alta categorie. Sincer, nu ma asteptam ca Hermione sa ajunga sa fie Cu Ron. In ceea ce priveste Amurg, imi pare rau pentru fani, dar sunt mult mai multe carti mult mai tari decat Amurg sau Vampire Diaries. (^_^) Jocurile, of nu am apucat sa le citesc pentru ca ma chinui sa fac rost de cartea 3 ca sa nu fac pauza intre ele, dar am vazut trailerul filmului si am ramas…WOW!!!

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