When I published the Kickstarter page for the saxophone piece I’ll be working on with Tim Rosenberg, I was only doing it for the massive media coverage it would bring me. Finally, it’s paying off.
About a month ago, I got a phone call from a voice that I hear all the time on Michigan Radio. It was Jennifer Guerra, an arts/culture reporter for a local public radio station. She asked me a few questions about my Kickstarter project. Apparently my answers satisfied her, because a few days later, she met me in the Music Practice Building here at Michigan State. (That’s right, she drove from Ann Arbor to East Lansing to do a story about a composer-student.) I had the reaction that I think a lot of people have when they meet a radio voice in person. As Ira Glass once said, “That’s his voice…and it’s coming out of his head!”
Anyway, you can listen to/read the story here. It just aired today.
Jennifer, if you happen to read this, thanks!
Now, you may be wondering, “How did Jennifer Guerra find this schmuck?” I wondered the same thing. So I asked her. She said that she just found me on Google looking for Michigan arts stories. She navigated to my website, saw that it was active, and got in contact. Moral of the story: your web presence is important. It’s getting more important every day. If you’re a musician/artist reading this and you don’t have a website, I hope you’ll consider starting one soon. It’s easier than you probably think.