We recently talked with Timbre Cierpke (’05) about her experience as an indie musician in Nashville for an article in the Treveccan. During our conversation, Cierpke offered some advice for other indie artists who want to be faithful to their craft and make a living doing what they love. Here’s what she had to say.
1. Don't hold back.
At the beginning of your career as an artist, you have to be willing to make sacrifices without the promise of return.
2. Take risks.
Be willing to take chances. If you are a part of a good community, you won’t fall on your face.
3. Make it top priority.
Shape your life AROUND your music, not your music around your life. If you continue to invest in your art, in growing it and yourself, that value will come back to you in time.
4. Keep the vision.
Believe in your art enough to make it your priority. Yes, you might have to work jobs you hate. Yes, you might have to play a lot of opening slots before you can headline. But if you are pointed in the right direction, each step forward counts, however small.