We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natalie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The reason I became a performing musician is because I first spent many years trying not to – I tried to do everything else but I couldn’t turn the music off in my head. I knew even back then that music wouldn’t be easy, but I also knew I couldn’t deny that part of myself any longer. It takes a lot of work and perfect timing of circumstances for any performer to get very far. At first I was afraid of the work and afraid of failing, but I got to a place where the desire to lean into my giftings outweighed the fear. Soon after, I set a financial goal and committed 100% to making it happen. And it was after I made that mental commitment that things started falling into place.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, I keep a day job (which has been a life-saver mid-pandemic). Musically, I’ve outfitted my in-home studio so I am able to record and send tracks to producers – this has been a helpful additional stream of income during the pandemic. I also use my studio setup to record live stream concerts and to build my own tracks and learn new software. I started an evening talk show with creatives during lockdown that keeps me engaged in the community. Day to day: booking, emails, networking, building out content for for patrons on Patreon, writing and co-writing songs, learning songs, learning new tricks on the guitar, researching, recording content for YouTube and social media channels, updating websites, rehearsing for gigs – there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to be a performing musician.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Austin: On a hot day, you definitely have to visit Barton Springs and take a dip. Across the street is Zilker park with lots of green space to play a sport or go for a walk/run. Lady Bird Lake offers stand up paddle boarding and kayaking which is fun too. We’d go up and down South Congress one day, poking our heads into shops and probably grabbing a cup o’Joe from Joe’s, maybe taking a photo in front of the “I Love You So Much” sign. Of course we’d see some live music, probably on 6th or 7th or Red River, maybe ending at Geraldines. We’d have so many tacos, from each of my favorite trailers – La Traila, El Tacorrido, Torchy’s, Veracruz – and coffee from so many great coffee shops – Houndstooth, Curra’s, Summer Moon, Joe’s, Mozart’s (at sunset). One night we’d walk up the hill in Butler park to take in the lights of the city, while slurping delicious snow cones from SnoBeachATX. We’d probably go to a show or go two-stepping at the White Horse, and bar hopping on East 6th. One night we’d probably drive out to Pace Bend Park to watch the sunset over the lake from the cliffside. Let me know when you’re coming down!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, I’d like to thank Joe Shaw of After the Encore Podcast for connecting me with the Shoutout series. He’s doing a really great work digging in and fleshing out the stories of artists! Second, I’d like to dedicate my shout out to my Grandma L – she introduced me to singing harmony when I was a kiddo and she recently passed away.

Helpful books I’ve read: “The War of Art” (Pressfield) and “Essentialism” (McKeown).

Website: www.natpricemusic.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/natpricemusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/natpricemusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/natalieprice
Other: www.patreon.com/natpricemusic – if you’d like to invest in independent music and get the insider scoop.

Image Credits
Stephanie Ann Cosenza – @cozi_co Joseph Williams – @ joeyshutter Betsy Youree – @betsyyphoto

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