Are you moving to Nashville? I want to be sure that you're prepared. Well today I'm going to share the things that I wish I knew before moving to the big music city.
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Well good day guys, my name is Katrina Burgoyne. I have been a full time musician for over 12 years and that's Eli moving about right there. Hey Eli. I've been fortunate enough to have three top 10 singles in Australia and Aria charting albums, be nominated for two Golden Guitar awards, which is a CMAA award, equivalent to CMAs. Then funded myself as an unsigned, independent artist to move all the way to Nashville, Tennessee.
Number one, this is for my international friends. Things I didn't know about when I moved to Nashville. I actually needed to take the whole driving test again, so I needed to learn the book. I needed to do the computer test, I needed to do the actual driving test before I had my Tennessee driver's license. Another thing was is that I didn't know how to get a social security number. I also needed to figure out how to get a prepaid credit card to get my credit score. Had no credit score when I moved here. Does not transfer over. I had to figure out how I could be eligible to live in the States and potentially in the future getting any kind of funding if I needed it.
The second thing I wish I knew before moving to the USA, I wish I knew that I was ready to move here sooner. I feel like I could have potentially moved here five years earlier. It was mostly that fear. I felt like fear stopped me from moving to Nashville sooner. If you are a, you have a market and you are playing lots of shows out, you've got a little fan base and you are the big fish in the little pond, maybe it is your time to move to Nashville.
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One thing for me, I wish I knew before moving to Nashville is I wish I had work set up and I think this is a hard thing for the international people coming over. But I kind of landed here and I was terrified. I kind of went through this two weeks slump of being miserable and thinking I made the wrong decision and setting up furniture and kind of getting myself into place that by the time I started getting work, it was three weeks in. Because I had one venue that were desperate one day and needed an entertainer and I'm like, well somehow someone referred me and I got the gig. That is how I got my kickstart.
Once you play one place and if you're really great and everyone wants to be a part of it, they will get you everywhere. But I wish I had at least one venue already set up before came over here. That's really important. I wish I had and I would suggest you do if you are a US, a resident sign up for Uber right now before you move out here. Because Uber, you'd rock Uber if you can do that. But just have a backup plan.
The fourth thing I wish I knew before moving to the USA, moving to Nashville, was I wish I had a car. I wish I had organized my car better. I actually spent $1,500 in hiring a car or renting a car as your American say, before I actually bought a car. And by that point it was like I bought a car for three and a half thousand dollars. I still drive it today. I could've got a better quality car if I bought a car within the first day. I had a car lined up that kind of fell through and I was waiting for it. That's what held me up. But I do suggest have a car ready before you come out here. I could have got a potential better car at the moment. My back door doesn't open so I have to crawl through my car, open my back door, flip it up. It's a hatchback, to load my gear in and out just to go to gigs. It's pretty cute really.
My circumstances may be different to my US residents, however it still applies to everyone. I do have a little Nashville checklist down the bottom if you're moving to Nashville. Hopefully I can help you out on your journey and take that bold step and believe in yourself and take that chance on your music. In this list I've got ways to find a roommate, ways to find a rental. I also have the O1 visa requirements, my international guests in there as well. Check it out. The link is down below.
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