This may sound crazy, but May has been so busy, I barely even remember these shows. All I know is that Mimi Imfurst is fabulous enough to invite me to do them with her rather often and they’re a lot of fun. At the first one I sang “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Ex Is Delicious,” which was cool. I always love seeing the looks on peoples’ faces who really get into “Dance Dance Dance.” Those who get the song, really get the song. It’s awesome.
The second show happened on the Busiest Weekend Ever, when, after doing basically four shows in a night and staying out till 4 on Friday, then doing one insane show and staying out till 3 on Saturday, and having to get up early to work on Saturday and Sunday, the fabulous DJ Scotty Rox invited me to sing at his birthday party at Posh. Scotty is fantastic and I am in “say yes to everything that makes sense” mode, so of course I said yes, and at his party I sang “The Wizard and I” from Wicked and “Show Me Love” by Robin S. It was a lot of fun because I never get to sing songs from musicals these days, and they’re so fun to sing. Also, a Broadway actor/dancer/singer who was in the crowd just assumed that I am currently in the cast of Wicked because he thought I did such a good job, so that was sweet to hear. After that show/weekend I almost literally just dropped dead and slept as much as I could. Hear more about it in the recaps of the shows on 5/14 and 5/15.
Sunday night was crazy. I went out to Jersey to see the debut of the film that used my song, “Anything You Want.” It was quite intense. VERY dark movie, but my song was used just the way I expected, as the background music for a scene portraying a photography shoot of a model. Everyone liked my song and another filmmaker who was there is interested in using my stuff in her films because of it, so that was great.
After that, I went to my friend’s birthday party, where I performed on the dancefloor, then I ran off to Posh bar to do the 11:30 show with Mimi Imfurst and Go-Go Harder Faster Stronger. (Sometimes I wonder if I should have a crazy stage name, but I don’t want to be called anything other than JC, and hey, Britney and Madonna use their real names!)
The show at Posh was so much fun, and another important reminder that being out there on the scene makes such a difference in my career. That night, I got a lot of sign ups to the mailing list, met a fabulous DJ (DJ Scotty Rox) who is super sweet, loves the same music I do, and wants to play my music in the clubs! I sold my CDs and made new friends, including the fabulous and hilarious drag queen, Blackie O (I cannot get over these amazing names!!!), and met the manager of Posh, who is interested in having a lot more shows/programming there, and it was great to find out that he’s a really sweet and approachable guy who loves what I do. Once you get out there, you find that the people who control access to the stages you want to perform on are really not scary or mean at all. In fact, they’ve been nothing but friendly and fun so far!
4. This singer/songwriter/producer was also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase at the Bitter End.
5. Peter Dunn hosts karaoke on Tuesday nights at Barracuda sometimes.
6. Peter invited me to do karaoke at Barracuda with him.
7. I went to Barracuda to do karaoke with Peter.
8. At Barracuda, I ran into the singer/songwriter/producer.
9. He introduced me to the owner of Barracuda, who had been to the Songwriters Hall of Fame show and loved my set.
10. THE OWNER OF BARRACUDA ASKED ME TO PERFORM AT BARRACUDA AND ELMO LOUNGE!!! These are both totally awesome gay venues. Who else came up in gay venues, you ask? Madonna, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, the list goes on. VERY exciting.
12. Mimi Imfurst, the host of karaoke that night, loves that song and all the 90’s songs I sang there.
13. I won the karaoke contest and $100.
14. Mimi Imfurst asked me to sing with her on a future project she’s concocting, as well as BE HER SPECIAL GUEST this Sunday at Posh, where she wants me to sing “Show Me Love” and an original song of mine.
15. Posh is another fun gay club in Hell’s Kitchen, and I think this show is going to be REALLY fun and effective for expanding my fan base and proving that I can be a great entertainer for a gay club crowd, which will hopefully lead to more gigs and more fanbase expansion!
I’ve been wondering how and wanting to break into performing in gay clubs for a long time, and assuming that it would be really hard, when really, it’s just like anything else: once you’ve done the work to get good, it’s who you know. I did the Songwriters Hall of Fame showcase because I knew Peter Bliss. At the networking event and showcase, I met the singer/songwriter/producer. At Barracuda, he introduced me to the owner and I got to know Mimi Imfurst, who hooked me up with the show on Sunday. It’s also the old adage: 90% of life is showing up. If I hadn’t gone to Anna’s show or the networking event, I wouldn’t know Peter or the singer/songwriter/producer. If I hadn’t gone to karaoke, I wouldn’t have met the owner of Barracuda or Mimi Imfurst. Once I was there, all I had to do was be friendly and sing well, and from that I booked three gigs. Makes me wonder what the hell would happen if I went out to these kinds of things every single night! Maybe I should!
Also, I am VERY excited about the fact that the following chain of events also happened recently:
1. I went out with my dear friend Elijah to Sugarland in Brooklyn.
2. Sugarland is an AWESOME little gay club that is the perfect size, has a great crowd, plays great music, and has live performances on a little stage on the dancefloor that are very similar to what I do.
3. I asked someone how I get to perform there. He told me to talk to the bartender.
4. I talked to the bartender about what I do and asked how to perform there.
5. He booked me into the once-monthly showcase, Street Smart, on April 25th, from which he often culls acts for the dancefloor performances. If I impress him there, I’ll get to perform again at Sugarland!
So, the awesome news is that it seems if I just get out there and do what I do best (singing, performing, talking to people, chasing the opportunities I want), the results can be really amazing, easy and quick. Hoo. Ray.