This is a special guest article from a fellow artist that we actually played with a few times during our golden years of touring. His name is Mick Fletcher and he is a solo artist that decided to put it all on the line so that he could make it as a musician. We discussed here in our recent blog post just how hard it can be making it in the music industry, and this is a perfect example of how you have to believe in yourself and be invested one hundred per cent in making it. He contacted us telling us saying ‘why did I sell my house quickly?’ and as we read the story we were absolutely captivated fro start to finish. We had no idea that he had done this to pursue a career in music and we simply had to share his story, so we asked him to revise it so that we could share it on our website.
I Wanted To Sell My House Quickly
This is my story of how I took the plunge to fully immerse myself in my music career and leave my old life behind. The decision to sell my house quickly did not come lightly, and I had thought about if for hours on end wondering if I was barking mad. Looking back on it, I still think I was extremely nieve and foolish to make such a risky decision, but now I am extremely glad I did. After 20 years of playing all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, I am so glad I decided to make the move. It is a choice that most people wouldn’t even dream of making, but I have never been one of those people that follow the crowd.
Why It Happened
I had been working in a fairly unexciting job for about 5 years, and had almost paid off my mortgage. I was at a point in life where most people would consider that I had made it, but I knew it wasn’t my calling. I was playing in some small venues trying to get my music out there, but there was no real urgency behind what I was doing. So I decided that this would be my kick up the backside that would hopefully get my hungry to succeed. I sold my house and put most of the money into a saving bond and spent the rest on recording a new album and marketed it myself. I short term rented for a bit while recording, then did some couch surfing, before things started to pick up for my music.
I Started Touring
To be honest, the events that happened next happened very quickly. I managed to get signed to an agency, then I got signed to a label, then I was touring all over the country. That was it, and I cannot say for certain whether or not it would have happened if I hadn’t sold my house, but I know that it changed something about me and my approach. It was like it had to happen after that.