the aftermath of NACA
Posted by: kelsie2 Comments
So the conference (NACA) I’d been preparing for all year finally took place at the end of September. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before, so I certainly learned a great deal.
I’ll do my best to explain it to you in a condensed version.
Basically music artists, talent agencies, comedians, magicians join NACA and then rent a booth and are able to set up a display about what they have to offer to these college kids, and their colleges/universities.
Here’s my booth:
As you can see I’ve hung posters from previous gigs for the back drop. Set up a TV to play my music video “Catch and Release” and displayed all my merchandise. Thankfully my amazing gigging drummer Kat, came with me on the adventure! If it wasn’t for her help, setting up this booth wouldn’t have happened so smoothly!!! So in the end I was happy about how it looked, not really having anything to compare it to!
There were only certain times of the day that the college kids were allowed into the “marketplace”. When this happened it was like a herd of elephants.. they came in to fill their hands and backpacks full of free stuff that we gave them. Hoping that this connection of giving away merchandise would get the entertainer booked at their school throughout the year.
Like I said this was my first time, so I Kat and I did our best to hand out cd’s, t-shirts, digital download cards, and posters at every chance we got. By the time the conference wrapped up we had connected with over 50 different students, giving away close to $1,300 in merchandise. Hoping and praying that this would all be worth it in the end.
A few weeks have passed since then, and nothing has happened…yet. In the next week or so I’ll be contacting those 50 people I met, to see if they’ve had a chance to listen to my tunes, in hopes that I can share my music with their peers.
It was an experience. An experience I’m still processing for so many reasons.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for listening to my music. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.