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Are you dreaming of moving to Nashville and I wondering how in the world you're going to make it happen? Today I'm going to share with you how I moved from regional Australia, New South Wales to live and thrive in one of the most competitive music cities in the world, Nashville, Tennessee.
Before we get started, don't forget to subscribe to my channel and click the bell, so you don't miss out on any new videos. Well, good day guys. My name's Katrina Burgoyne. I have been a full-time musician. That's my dog right there, Eli, by the way. I've been a full-time musician for over 12 years and being fortunate enough to have three top 10 countries singles in Australia and being nominated for two CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, which is equivalent to the CMA is here in America.
I've been fortunate enough to be able to fund my career as an independent artist, which has led me to move to one of the most competitive cities in the world from music, which is Nashville, Tennessee.
I wanted to share with you some steps on how I made the move happen. As an out of the box thinking and hopefully inspire you to take that leap of faith and do the same thing and take a bet on your music career.
So before moving to Nashville, I strongly recommend growing where you're planted. I came out to Nashville in 2009 and was fortunate enough, the late Rob Potts from Australia introduced me to some of the biggest guys, industry guys in Nashville. So I was having meetings with EMI, I was having meetings with Universal Publishing. At the time Pat Higdon was the president and he suggested, grow where you are planted. And that's something I really took on board. I went back to Australia. This was in 2009 and that's when I released my record, my very first debut record in 2011 that came out.
Every single person in Nashville comes from being the big fish in the little pond. There's nothing worse than coming all the way across the ocean or wherever you're from to feel like you're not really ready to compete in such a competitive market.
So for my international friends, I know I get a lot of Australians reach out and ask about visa requirements. Now I am working on an O-1 visa in the USA. O-1 is an entertainment visa, which means I can only make my living from playing music. So that means if I have a sore throat, which I do today, or if I'm sick, I cannot make a living unless it's singing or music related. I suggest, I was working for about eight years in Australia, learning how to get gigs, learning how to survive and purely living off my music income. If you could achieve that back in your homeland first before moving out here, it will make a lot less terrifying and you'll have your chops up ready to compete.
Now a disclaimer, I am not an attorney so I strongly suggest you seek an immigrations attorney, but to find out more information about the O-1 visa, please stick around until the end of the video and I can help you out.
Well, just quickly in the comments below, let me know where you're from, where do you plan to move from Nashville from. I would love to know where you're tuning in from today. We're in the world you are and I would love for you to take a screenshot and share on all your Instagrams and all that stuff and you can go in the draw to win my e-book called Navigating Nashville. Are you ready to take a screenshot? Ready? Three, two, one.
A really important step for me moving to Nashville was firstly to come and visit. So I came out here for 90 days and in the 90 days I wrote 70 songs. I remember by the last three weeks of my trip I was so broke. I used to walk six miles to and from Midtown where I'd wrote my songs to where I was staying at the time because I couldn't afford an Uber and I would eat toast for three weeks. Ladies do not try at home. I put on a whole dress size. In that time, I was blessed enough by the last two weeks. I was taking some pretty hardcore publishing meetings and the last week of my trip I headlined at the Bluebird Cafe, which was so exciting.
The next step for me was to make a plan and stick to it. What did I need to move to Nashville? So I'd set it off with a sponsor of getting my visa, finding an attorney, going through the process of gathering the evidence, collecting my funds to pay for my visa. Then I had to do consolidate my debt in Australia. Also, I had to sell things. I had to sell my car, I had to sell everything and I moved out here with three suitcases, so I sold the rest of my life.
I actually landed back home in Australia with $100. I knew that if I could save $350 a week for one year, I might have a little kitty to move to Nashville. It was a 14 month process for me. This is a quote by Mike and I can't say his last name. Mike Michalowicz. Can't say it. He is the author of the book Profit First, which is one of my favorite books and this completely changed my business. So check it out if you are a musician. But he says, "Small, repetitive, continuous actions, chain together, build momentous momentum." And I feel like that's exactly what happened. I came out to Nashville and I had 14 months to prepare and I did. I was so ready for Nashville.
Okay, let's talk about funding. So as an independent artist, if you're playing pub gigs or if you're trying to make money off record sales and stuff like that, I decided to think of some out of the books thinking for this. In Australia, I was doing photography. I can't do photography in the US now due to my visa restrictions. However, I had a friend reach out to me. He reached out to me and said, "How much would you charge to photograph my wedding?" And I said to him, "You know what? Why don't we swap time? I really need a record. I would love if you could produce a record for me in exchange." It cost me $350 to produce the product. Then of course, the printing phase.
This record, I put a GoFundMe campaign for this, for it. It's never been released record called Nashville. It is available on my website. Shameless plug, right there. There will be a link down below if you would like to have listen to this Nashville record. It's something I'm really proud of, but it's never going to be commercially released. Now this was a GoFundMe campaign than I did and it raised six and a half thousand dollars, which was just under the cost of my visa. So it was very excited about that and also thank you to all my Aussie friends and who put together that campaign. It's been amazing.
My circumstances may be different from my USA residents. However, I made a little checklist to help you make the move to Nashville. I told you how to find a room to rent, how to find an apartment to rent, and some little secrets that I've found. I also have the O-1 requirements and some resources in this checklist as well for my international friends. There is a link below, so go check it out.
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