Holly Brook checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace on Sunday (September 9). “Busking=street performing. Thats what I do now,” writes Holly, most known for providing vocals on Fort Minor’s ‘Where’d You Go’. “I can’t get a job, so why not play some tunes!!! I went out Saturday afternoon in downtown Ventura with my mini guitar. I played for about an hour and a half, until my finger started bleeding badly. Here are some pix that Jon took of me doing it! All together I made about 22 bucks.”
The post and the pictures have since been removed.
After yesterday’s Hire me please! posting at her Myspace, Holly Brook checked in with fans again today promising, “I’m not giving up!”. Brook writes:
Wow I have the best fans in the world! I got so many responses to my last blog… actually hundreds, and I sat down last night and read every single one of them. Unfortunately I don’t have time to write everyone back, but thank you so much for your help! I’ve got some great ideas now.
I want to clarify one thing though… I AM NOT QUITTING MUSIC! I could never do that. I just need a job so that I can continue to create music. A lot of you suggested going on tour, but let me tell you something. Touring is very expensive. Yes, you can potentially make the money back with CD sales and stuff, but initially it costs a ton of money for travel and accommodations. Money that I don’t have! Then, if I don’t have a good tour, there is also the potential that I could end up with less money than I started with. Unless I was someone like Linkin Park, selling out stadiums.
One more thing people seemed to say a lot was, “but I thought you sang that song ‘Where’d You Go.’ Aren’t you rich?” The truth is, I got paid VERY LITTLE for that, almost 2 years ago. The exposure was priceless, and that is what’s important. But at the same time, a girls gotta eat. And I am a bit shocked myself that I didn’t get some type of bonus or something, after the song did so well.
Thanks again guys and girls! I’ll let you know how the job hunting goes.
Holly Brook, who provided vocals on the Fort Minor hit ‘Where’d You Go’ and released the album ‘Like Blood Like Honey’ last year before being dropped by Warner Bros, posted the following message to fans on her MySpace on Sunday (July 15):
I’ve been looking for a job because this music thing just isn’t paying the bills. Help me brainstorm!
First of all, I should let you know that I am available to sing demo vocals. This means, singing songs for songwriters and producers that are looking for cuts. If it is too far to travel, I can record it at home. I can also do background vocals on material that will be released, but I would need to first approve the song. Send me a message for my rates.
Other than that, my ideal jobs would be:
1. Part time personal assistant
2. Baby sitter/driver, but not to kids that are under 8 years old.
3. Something working with students
4. Something I could do from home on the computer
5. Something in the music business
6. Something in the aviation industry
7. Something really different, like working on a honey bee farm
These are the problems I face when looking for a job:
1. It needs to be flexible, because I never know when I am going to get a tour.
2. I need to make $10/hour bare minimum otherwise it doesn’t cover my expenses.
3. I am not a salesman. I tried to sell shoes once, and sucked.
4. I am not a good waitress. I tried that too, and couldn’t deal with mean customers.
5. So basically, customer service jobs and sales jobs are out of the picture.
6. I don’t want to travel too far, and I live in Ventura County
Thanks for your help!
cd usa caught up with Holly Brook for a Q&A and asked the singer, who also plays piano and guitar, what she thinks playing an instrument adds to the performance. “Um… Well it sure makes me feel more comfortable,” she admitted. “Because, when I’m singing and I don’t have anything to do with my hands, and I, I’m like, ‘What am I doing!?’ So, I dunno… I feel like I get more emotional with my music when I’m really connected to the chords and the structure and stuff. So… I dunno.”
Holly Brook is out with the music video to her new single ‘Curious’, from her debut album ‘Like Blood Like Honey’, due out June 6th. Watch it at YouTube.
One of Holly Brook’s songs, ‘What I Wouldn’t Give’, will be making its television debut next week on the WB show ‘Related’, airing on Monday (February 6) at 9PM.