Since I was hobbling around I decided to take the time to focus on my writing projects, which included more new songs, a book and a musical.
The book is based on my journey to the Miss America Pageant; the expectations, the challenges, the reality of the process and how to prepare for it. The musical is based on my life growing up in a musical family in Las Vegas and the influences it made on my career.
Now that my calf muscle is healed I am back in dance class and rehearsals. It may take awhile to put together the tour as we have pushed back the release of the cd. But I am getting prepared!
We are also looking for new management as my manager passed away last year. It is not an easy process finding the right fit. It might take time; but that's alright. It is an important relationship, and just like anything worthwhile in life it is worth the wait.
There is so much more involved in the career of an artist than making the music. The songs may come from inside me but it takes a team of producers, musicians and engineers in the studio to put it all together. Then it takes another team of photographers, stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists to create my new image, plus the talents of a graphics designer to design the cd and website.
Once the cd is ready it is important to have all the elements of management, distribution, marketing & publicity in place. All these elements play a key role in the success of any artist.
I know it's important, but it can be overwhelming, too. I can only focus on the music now and even though we have to plan for the other elements, I really just want to get prepared to go out and sing onstage.
So, if anyone out there is listening and think they want to be part of our team, let me know. We will listen to what you have to say and see if we are the right fit for you.
After all is said and done, though, I always remind myself, as much as we need our dreams to move us forward in this life, it's also very important to make room for our family and friends in our busy schedules, because they are the ones who will be there for us after we leave the stage.....