How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
I heard about this at Dan's Sanctuary when he had a get-together/seminar, and I hope to simply connect with like minded entrepreneurs and people who share similar aspirations and passions.
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
A couple of years ago I transitioned to being a fully self-employed web developer. It definitely has it's ups and downs.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
My goal is to create innovative websites and mobile applications, as well as make income on my passions (music, writing). My overarching goal is to be able to be flexible enough to pursue whatever venture I'd like, without working solely for a paycheck.
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
I'd like to proficiently play as many instruments as possible. I'd also like to become fluent in multiple languages (both in terms of speaking and coding). I just finished writing a novel, and hope to release it by the end of 2014. I grew up on a farm, and after years of living in the city, I'm trying my hand at beekeeping and chickens, and am on a long term journey of getting off the grid.
What would you say are your strongest talents? How are you 'wired' and what can you offer to the world (it's OK if you don't know yet, but knowing is key to pursuing your dreams!)?
Where creativity and technical knowledge meet... I love getting inspired creatively and working out how to reach the finished product in music and web development.
"Keith - CDBaby takes 9% of all digital sales, in addition to their setup charge ($13 for a single, $50 for an album). Tunecore and Distrokid charge a yearly fee, but do not take royalties. Tunecore has been adding a lot of various fees…"
"I agree with Dewayne, but it all depends on what you're wanting to do with it. If you're only planning on playing acoustic gigs, a simple guitar/vocal is a great product, because people would hear what they heard at the show.…"
David, Thanks for your input in the Music Studio Group. I wasn't trying to put out a CD, just sell one song as a digital download. I was able to get some info. about digital download licenses for cover songs from another 48 Days friend, "The Free Tech Guy," Andy Traub.
I am interested in the "ReverbNation" thing, though. Can you tell me more about it?
That is why my last album was called, "Fighting to be me" and published my first book entitled, "The Poet and the Billionaire" because I DID NOT want others like us to think they HAD to struggle. Make sure you got to www.myspace.com/thepoetandthebillionaire AND www.youtube.com/jaredmatthewkessler. You can hear some words of encouragement from a former mentor in the "Entertainment Industry" on the myspace page. It is why I endured through 6 YEARS of frustration to get it published for other people with similar frustrations.
I hope it helps and thanks SO MUCH for the kind words on the music. This WHOLE process keeps me amazed. I WISH there was a shorter road. :)
-Jared Matthew Kessler
(Author of "The Poet and the Billionaire")
I am definately considering building some more high-end guitars and basses... First I am trying to seek the Lord's will for my life and some wise counsil... I have been going down the wrong career path for 13 years... more because I got stuck in it, and made some bad decisions years ago. But I finally have a fire lit under me to make some major changes... for several reasons.
Whether or not my new career will be in the guitar industry remains to be seen... but it will always be a hobby and a passion... If I do end up devoting more time to building guitars... you guys on this site will be the first to know...
David... I really liked those Manic Bloom tracks... I am going to keep listening... those are right up my alley and think they will grow on me. I am going to play them for my wife (the music critic) ... very impressive... Our church band leader is into the folk / Derek Webb type stuff. I will send him your links...
Thanks David. I appreciate it. Honestly, I was blown away! This was my first guitar, so I was anxious about how it would turn out... I was shocked at how good the neck turned out... very enjoyable to play, love the tung oil... I am very happy with the sound too.. the GFS P90s are very versatile and shockingly quiet... I still can't believe I made it... Playing it through my cranked tube amp is loads of fun. I will be playing in church in the near future... very much looking forward to that... I have to admit, I think my building/repair skills far exceed my playing skills.