By: Kelsey Smith
It’s 10am on a Monday morning and you’re sitting in a coffee shop. Or maybe you’re standing and staring hardcore at people wanting them to get up from their spot so you can take it. Welcome to Nashville. We are not a normal community of people.
Going to brunch on a weekday is almost just as crowded as on the weekend. Coffee shops are packed in the middle of the afternoon. There is no rhyme or reason to when there will be traffic. There are coffee shops with multiple locations around town (and I’m not just talking about Starbucks here.) Why is this? Freelancers. We are taking over the town.
Photo credit: The Well @wellcoffeehouse
Photo credit: The Jam Coffee House @thejamcoffeehouse
As an independent contractor in the music industry, I don’t have a normal schedule. This morning I got off a tour bus at 7am and then went to my part time job at a children’s boutique at 11am. During the week I can go grab coffee with a friend at 10am or 2pm. I can sleep until noon and not feel (too) bad about it. I can run errands all day long or do absolutely nothing at all.
While this all sounds glamorous, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. After about 3-5 days of this, it can get incredibly boring and lonely. You begin to sleep too much because you are bored and have nothing better to do. You have to purposely spread your errands out so you can make sure to leave the house and see the sunshine. This also means you don’t know when or where your next paycheck is coming from. Can you afford to eat out or do you need to make a sandwich at home? Side note: my pantry contains ramen, pasta, and mac & cheese, so it’s like I’m back in college.
But you know what’s wonderful? I’m not alone. I could find a handful of people in whatever coffee shop I’m at and they’re in the same boat. Nashville is pretty big on community, and I love that. Creative Souls Tribe has been a great place to meet other like-minded women pursuing their creative talents and passions. Young Entertainment Professionals is also a good resource for networking and job opportunities. Known is an excellent place for women of all ages to come together and grow in community. When you have people around you who understand your lifestyle, it makes it so much easier. Nashville is full of wonderful people with interesting and unique jobs, and we need to build each other up and embrace our crazy lifestyles.
Photo credit: BOX @boxnashville
Kelsey is one of those people that will tell you Texas is the best state and Nashville is the best city. You can find her touring on the road (selling t-shirts or being a PA) or at a local coffee shop (most likely The Well) hanging out with friends.
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