Folk/Soul singer-songwriter Elizabeth Pope, on her life as a Musician…
My life as a Musician has been a wild ride. Like riding a roller-coaster. There have been so many twists and turns. At the end of the day, I have survived it all. I played shows in January, February and March. All of them were in Sacramento [California]. Playing local shows is a good way to meet other musicians. What I’ve learned in the past two years, is to have a solid work ethic. People have seen my growth and are impressed with the progress. I stay humble and strong. The music industry; as some have said, is blue-collar. That’s true. Make sure to have your goals developed and continue to build your brand (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) I am a business and have to promote myself all the time; wherever I go. Always be professional when talking to people. Who you know is important. That will allow more doors to open for you. Nothing happens overnight. Keep working on perfecting your craft: guitar/songwriting and vocals. Play at open mics and jam with other bands. Never give up, and believe in yourself. Do your best.
When I am not on stage performing, I am always in constant communication with my manager/management [team], working on the business end of things that involve marketing/promoting, public appearances, travelling and touring. I also take time to reach out to fans on social media. Plan your day and time for songwriting and at home studio sessions or book studio time. Have a person handle your bookings (which is very important.) I have not had too much trouble booking some of my own local shows. Now as things are taking off, it’s getting harder.
Right now, the weekends are more focused on relaxation and re-structuring songs, and building the guitar or piano chords. What helps with all the chaos, is I do a lot of trail running that involves hill/interval workouts or a long hike and yoga. Exercise is the best way to take a mental break and regain focus. I also take day trips every two weeks. My family keeps me grounded. I don’t talk about them too much. The reason is now I tend to keep my music career and personal life separate. I prefer it that way.
There are not enough female musicians getting credit in the music industry. I feel that needs to change. We work just as hard.
— A DAY IN THE LIFE —
6:30 a.m. // Get up and grab some coffee and have breakfast.
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. // Check in with my manager.
10:00 a.m. // Go for a run or hike, then back to work.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Grab a light snack.
12:30 p.m. // Check in with my manager, head out for a break.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. // Vocal warm up (if preparing for a show) or Songwriting/Guitar in my home studio.
5:00 p.m. // Dinner (if it’s not a show night.) or 6:30 p.m. // On show nights, I arrive an hour early for sound check (if playing live on stage and going on first.)
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. // Free time to unwind (if I don’t have a show.)
10:00 p.m. // (show night schedule) I head home after a show and get back around 12 a.m. or 12:30 a.m.