MTV called me. Twice. And emailed me to follow up. There are so many reasons why this rocks that I'd sound like a straight up lame if I named them all. But I'm sure you get the picture.
I probably should have blogged about this Thursday night after it happened, but I was so busy that I didn't have time to discuss it in detail. I get really happy about my small successes, this type of thing really lets me know that I'm on the right track. Allow me to explain exactly why I got a call from MTV, and exactly why that kicks so much ass.
SO... The other day I got an unexpected phone call from a phone number with a 310 area code. Usually I never answer my phone for numbers that I don't recognize. But my friend Kosine instructed me months ago, "If you ever get a phone call from a 323 or 310 area code, that's Los Angeles. You answer the phone." So, heeding his advice form 5 months ago, I answered. And on the other line was a bubbly woman who introduced herself and told me that she loves my music. Then she told me she works at MTV.
To put the 20 minute long conversation into a nutshell, she told me that she'd been made aware of my music by Ourstage.com
after I placed 2nd in their nationwide competition. (One of the prizes from the competition was having my music sent out to labels, companies, etc.) She then informed me that I had been selected by MTV to have my music licensed and used in tv shows, commercials, etc. on their network.
One reason why this is such a big deal is because the music industry has changed over the past few years; people don't make a lot of money off of album sales anymore. So one of the best ways for an artist to make money is by having their music licensed. A song placement on a tv show not only provides royalties, (residual income rules!) but it also drives traffic to the places where artists are selling their music such as iTunes or Rhapsody. She told me that one artist made so much money from sales after their song was played that they were able to pay rent for 6 months AND record their next album. That's just awesome.
So she asked if I was interested in letting them use my stuff, and I QUICKLY told her "Sure, thanks for thinking of me." It was kinda hard to contain my excitement. How often does something like this happen?
I'll be submitting my music and paperwork next Friday. This type of thing really makes me happy. In spite of all the various challenges I face, the people who are greedy and really try to take advantage of me, the people who don't believe in me, the people who make my life harder and don't seem to care at all... in spite of all that, I know I'm doing the right thing with my life because I get confirmation damn near everyday. I am SOOOO glad that I signed up for Ourstage, because so much good stuff has come from it. It's not often you can sign up for a website and get real opportunities that can advance your career as a musician. And even if those sites exist, I doubt they're free to join. Most things in life that are free suck.