Doing the Work You Want to Do: The Struggles of a Young Freelance/Self-Employed Person

A couple weeks ago I realized something, and it has since made me a very Grumpy Sally indeed. This is what’s happening: my work life involves running around town to spend a couple hours doing some form of work to receive wages per job that could get me less than one oil change or approximately […]

Interview with Tonya Kay: Practical, important advice for performers on privacy and safely interacting with fans

Not too long ago I met the lovely Tonya Kay in person, when she last performed in my town with the burlesque group, The Lalas. Guys, I’m totally starstruck. I’m telling you, Tonya Kay is the fucking bomb: She’s funny, engaging, super-talented, motivated, on the ball, open, energetic, really friendly. (Not to mention, she blogs […]

Everything I’ve Learned about PROs, Vol. 1

Here’s the deal with PROs, or Performance Rights Organizations: They’re fucking confusing. That’s what I thought when I first started learning about them. I don’t necessarily feel that way anymore; it’s just that there’s no handbook. This is the “clueless-about-royalties-and-stuff” me from three years ago: She’s wandering around, tripping over mic cables, bumping into walls and people […]

You Don’t Know Jack Shit About Auditioning: What I Learned When I Auditioned for ‘American Idol’

Originally published at Pyragraph. I’m not sure if the internet needs my American Idol audition story. (This American Idol audition story already lives online, after all.) I don’t know if you need me to recount a day I spent mostly standing in a line that was not as long as it would have been in, say, […]

How To Sell Songs Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Licensing Cover Songs

So, last time we talked about distributing your music online. But if you’re doing cover songs (like this one here that I did, looky looky, buy buy buy) you gotta make it all legal and shit. So let’s talk licensing! I’ve talked previously about PROs here, here, and here, and the thing is, if you’re […]

How to Sell Songs Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Distribution

I just released my first digital single (looky, looky! buy buy buy!) and I am very excited. I am so waiting for all that sweet cash to roll in. (Yeah, mostly still waiting.) I had never released a song online until just recently. This was a huge mental hurdle for me; I had no idea […]

The Joy of Taking Breaks and Learning Something New

Due to the crappy way I’ve been feeling lately (as discussed previously) I needed, just needed, to do something real. Something, er, analog. Something that did not involve pixels. Something that did not involve booking underpaying shows that I would struggle to get through. I wanted to do real things with my real muscles, so I […]

What’s Your Deal, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band?

{This was originally published at in anticipation of the ReLaunch Party we’ll be playing this coming Saturday, April 26, at ArtBar, 8 p.m. Peri Pakroo was kind enough to write us up this very swell introduction. Also, Happy Easter!} If you need stimulation of your happy gland, look no further than Sage & Jared’s Happy […]