I'm about to head to L.A. for the 3rd time in a month: the first time, I stayed at Motel 6 in Hollywood and attended the Independent Music Conference. Sat on a couple panels at the Musicians Institute and presented my own workshop. I was looking forward to learning, but also had come into my own, and felt more confident. The last time I went to L.A. 10 years ago, I had meetings with agents, I was shy, believed I had lots to offer, but felt that what I needed was outside of me.
Here are a few pix from House of Blues Nov. 1:
With friends Jack, Ava Bird, and Raquel Ashley from Sydney Australia
Followed by an L.A. moment: when I got my car at the Valet Parking my friend asked if I would take a picture of him with this "guy", I had no idea who he was, so I posed with him too! Turned out he was "Tommy Morello", guitarist for "Rage Against The Machine" :)
When I went to L.A. in October, I not only attended a great conference, the IMC, shared my experience on a couple panels, presented my own workshop and had the validating experience of having International artists ask for a mentoring session with me, played 5 shows in 6 nights, I also made friends. Now when I go back, I go to see friends. Friends rule, artists who support artists rule! That's my current experience with traveling to L.A., so now I look forward to it. :)