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My goal for Season Two of the Project Freelance podcast is to have a guest on every single episode, because not only do I know that you all want to learn from the best in the industry, but I want to start a dialogue about the honest truth of life as a freelancer. Season One was focused heavily on photography and videography, which are my main sources of income, but I wanted to bring on some guests from the music industry, because when I first became a photographer live music was all I wanted to shoot. It's not an easy industry to get in to, but don't take it from me, take it from my first guest, MATTY MULLINS, singer for Memphis May Fire and creator of On Pointe Pomade!
Season Two! Episode One! The FIRST episode! Man, this is fun! Okay, sorry, uh-hem...
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I spent the summer of 2017 out on the infamous Vans Warped Tour, filming for Alternative Press Magazine, and while I was out there I got to know Matty on a level that was beyond friends. He was there for me on those really hard days on Warped Tour; those days where you don't think you can go on. From a long time fan to a friend and colleague, this is how you grow as a freelancer. Bust your ass, network, make some of the most genuine relationships, and create amazing things together.
Matty has been in the music industry for over a decade, and I asked him to join me on Project Freelance, because I know that he has had struggles while being on labels, which he openly talks about in his music. While many bands fell off the radar, Matty's band, Memphis May Fire, exploded to the top of the tier. Matty has since branched out to create a solo album, and most recently, this man with perfectly quaffed hair created his own Pomade company, On Pointe Pomade. He has made a name for himself in the music world and has made it a point to make sure his musical following doesn't necessarily influence who he sells his product to, because he feels that it needs to have its own identity so that anyone and everyone can enjoy it for more reasons than, "oh yeah, he's in this awesome band I like."
In this episode we cover everything from holding down a real job while trying to pursue a successful touring career. From financial struggles to relationship compromises, Matty not only gives you an insight on how to navigate the music world, but he also teaches me quite a bit, which has been a huge goal of mine. I remember a few years back I had a client that told me, "if you want to become a master, you must learn from a master." Now, I know Matty is too humble to consider himself a master of anything, but I think that I can speak for everyone that listens to this episode, or has the opportunity to meet Matty, when I say that Mullins is definitely a master of his trade.
If you want to hear how to earn a living as an artist and travel the world, or if you're curious about how the music industry works, or how to start a side business to help give yourself some additional financial stability, give this episode a listen!
Thank you so much for your time and wisdom, Matty. I'll see you at a show, my man!
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This episode of Project Freelance is gemerously sponsored by my guest's pomade company, On Pointe Pomade.
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