During the last six weeks I’ve played a half dozen short gigs outside, in playgrounds in and around Ballarat!
I’ve receiver fan mail art for kids…
As well as adults!
At the same time I’ve been doing my teaching rounds at Scotsburn Primary School, where I tried to be more of a help than an imposition to my Mentor Teacher by keeping a lid on my boundless enthusiasm and tendency to go off on tangents until appropriate moments.
I, of course, performed for the students when I could and quite a few of them attended the various public shows as well.
It was all great fun, educational (for me and hopefully all the kids) and very rewarding. However at the same time I was trying to run my Pozible campaign to fund a concert DVD but sadly, despite heaps of support from all my fans and friends (tweeting, sharing, pledging), it wasn’t successful.
There are lots of reasons for this, including: bad timing; the figure I needed being quite large; and, maybe, simply that a single big product like a DVD isn’t really what you guys want from me.
This changes my plans, and my goals, but not my aims.
As well as becoming a teacher I’m still going to keep playing music for kids–after such a great 3 years for myself and my family there’s no way I could stop–but I have to re-think my funding model and what time I put into what activities.
Importantly, I still have to pay Redwood Entertainment for the filming and editing work they’ve already done! (check out my youtube channel). But they’ve been great; very supportive, understanding and patient. And hey, the make wedding videos if anyone needs one.
Now, I’ve received lots of feedback messages on the campaign, but any more thoughts would be appreciated. I’ll get back to you all with my new plans soon! My next public gig is at a school fete in Bendigo in August. But for now, thanks again for your help, and keep on walking, hopping and jigging!