Diary Entry, Uncategorized

Thu 12th Apr

Ahhh! It’s nearly a month since I posted. March 16th… what have I done since then! Well, I’ll look in my little diary.

At the end of the month we took our last holiday together (before I’m a Mrs!) to Rome. It was great. So many historic sights (Colosseum & Vatican were my favourite) and so much great food. Ice-cream, Pizza, Pasta, Lasagne… the list goes on! It was a lot of walking, which I’m not used to obviously from sitting in the house most of the week aha!!

I had some radio voiceovers and one nursery rhyme to do before we left and then I put my Fiverr page on 7 day delivery. Someone finally ordered a project they’ve been talking about for almost a year which was fantastic because I couldn’t wait to get started on that one. I had to do that the first day I was home because they needed it fast! Which meant delaying picking up the rabbits for another day but sometimes I do have to shuffle my plans to get deliveries in on time! Got to keep my customers happy!

I started and finished my second Italian children’s nursery rhyme – which was liked! The guy I work with on these is Italian and sends watsapp voice clips telling me what he needs. English is his second language but he’s really good at telling me exactly what he wants which is great because I can’t speak Italian! Maybe I should learn?

Easter arrived, orders dried up a little. Always makes me a little anxious when that happens, but when I look back at previous years, this is the “quiet time” which now is beginning to busy up already… so panic over! I did a voiceover for an explainer video with original music, two new songs for my friends in Brazil, worked a long easter cinema shift, visited my family for a night, stayed the night in Cheltenham the weekend just passed, started the third Italian children’s nursery rhyme, worked another shift in the cinema, sang two nursery rhymes for a lovely return buyer from years ago – I’ll be writing more for her over the next few months and beyond, now today I write two nursery rhymes for my buyer in Italy and… I raise my glass (arms) to the new tax year 2018/2019… I had my best year this year just passed, so if this is a good one, we’ll get a great mortgage when we buy next year – fingers crossed!

 

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Diary Entry

Thu 15th Mar

This week has been so busy. Since Monday, I’ve recorded vocals for 13 kids songs and recorded 10 radio voiceovers, finally completely finished the bible story songs which I’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks (or longer!?) and just sent the last files for the 30 second shop jingle I’ve been working on. I had an “ear infection” scare over the past few days and a mega sore throat yesterday but today it’s all cleared away! So thankfully I’ll be cancelling my doctors appointment in the morning. I’m now fully fit to keep recording! Hurrah!

My nephews will totally like this video…10 Red bottles Spiderman Style!!

Yesterday I recorded some voiceovers advertising Telford Shopping Centre. It makes me so excited when Telford pops up because all my family live there. Such a small world! I better get back to the washing now it’s all quietened down… Laters!

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Mon 12th Mar

I’m feeling tired today. our new bed’s amazing but I had quite a sleepless night. But after a morning of writing a 30 second jingle for a shop in South Africa, singing for three kids songs and getting an order for 17 more kids song vocals from a lovely buyer based in South Korea I’m feeling this week is going to be a great one, ready for our trip to Rome next week. The car passed the MOT today – Hurray!!! Very GREAT day. I wonder what other projects I’ll get my hands on this week.

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Thu 8th March

Wow, hasn’t time flown! I thought I’d better post here now I’ve got a little more to write about. The last few weeks have gone in a flash. I’ve just returned from an early morning shop so I can sit in and wait for our new bed to arrive. It’s incredible what buying a new piece of furniture can do to a person – the house has been completely cleared of stuff we don’t use anymore and has really created a positive atmosphere in the house!

My motivation for songwriting dipped over the past few weeks, but since a huge snowfall has been and gone and the sun is now out, I’m feeling very motivated to write some beautiful music! I’ve had a few messages from people interested in my work which is great and I have one more song to finish for the fairly big collection of bible songs I’ve been composing. Still saving for our wedding, which is now almost only 8 months away!

I found this video for a recent jingle I write lyrics for, composed and sang! I Love it, have a listen! It’s a beautiful sprinkle of magic.

I’ve been singing many children songs over the past week, along with composing more nursery rhymes with original lyrics from my buyers. It can get a bit repetitive when I make nursery rhymes with the same lyrics over and over, so when buyers put their creativity into their lyrics, or ask me to, it puts a whole new spin on the nursery rhyme world! I also had a buyer from Australia who bought a song for their youtube channel. When it’s up I’ll share it here because it’s going to be a fun one!

What else have I done… many voiceovers for radio. Someone wanted me to write them lyrics and melody for a new children’s song for their youtube channel. I’ve never done that before! They wanted their musician and child singer to sing it, so I wrote lyrics and sent over a rough acapella singing it so they got the melody. They loved it! It was quite fun to focus just on lyrics and melody. Can’t wait to see it finished. Aha and look at this!!

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Mon 12th Feb

It’s 8pm and I’m feeling very relaxed today after a great weekend in London with Gareth. We visited the British Museum and saw the Rosetta Stone and Cleopatra, Winston Churchill’s War Rooms, the famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings at the Art Gallery and walked miles and miles. It’s certainly used up all of my energy!

On the coach there I got an email from BBC Introducing saying they’ve listened to my track that I uploaded on Wednesday. Seeing as it can take up to 6 months, that’s pretty good going! Just got to wait and see now if it gets a radio play. If not, I’ll keep writing more and more ’til I get one! They don’t take many uploads per month now so I’ll need to be selective! And upload only the best.

This morning I wrote a children’s song for The Bible which was ordered Friday night. I’m waiting to see what they all think of it and if they like it I’ll get a bulk order of songs to write that are surrounded by Christianity. One thumbs up so far, five more people to please! I then went and got the car washed – that felt pretty good!

I just had an order in for a Valentines song which I will write tomorrow morning. I didn’t really put much effort into advertising love songs this year as I lost my pre-made music for my love songs when my iMac broke. Gah! This guy is a return buyer and he comes back every year for love songs for his fiancee 🙂 Tomorrow, I think I should write some new music for love songs and get back on the love song map!

The work front has been pretty quiet most of this month. I’m getting a little anxious again but hopefully I’ll get a surge of orders in very soon. 3 days left ’til Fiverr do their second revision of the level system. That’s looking good for me as you need over 90% in 3 areas, I’ve got 100%, 96% and 100%. Yawn… bed is calling me.

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Wed 7th Feb

Today I uploaded my new song Take Your Prize to the BBC Uploader. I’m hoping they’ll pick it to be played! It is rather radio-friendly… I will be crossing my fingers. I had 12 radio plays on BBC Introducing Wales on Radio 1 (Jen Long)/BBC Radio Wales (Adam Walton) with my Toypop EP and Album and a radio play/interview with Bethan Elfyn (2011-2013). I had a great reputation with the welsh radio, but as I’m now living in the Forest of Dean, I’m now “BBC Introducing in the West”. I had one play back in 2014 with “You Make Me Feel Alive”… I thought it was about time I uploaded something that was possibly radio-worthy as it’s already 2018!

Today’s been a little boring, no orders in. This is when I start to worry about my orders. They’ve slowed down incredibly and it just leaves me thinking I need to be so careful with money. But in a few days, this could change so I’ll just relax and keep myself occupied with music writing for myself. It took a long time to learn to do that! It’s been 5 years since I became self-employed, and I’d say it took about 3 years not to worry because the orders always come in – in the end!

I can’t stop listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack! It’s had such mixed reviews from customers coming to see it in the cinema I work at and it’s amazing what different things people pick up on. When I heard a little girl come out of the film saying ” That was the best film ever!” and skipping out I knew she was a believer in “you can be whatever you want to be!” which is just how it should be. I’m lucky to be 27 and to still believe. Have succeeded a comfortable freelance job in singing and songwriting all by myself, I know it’s true!

 

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Tue 6th Feb

Hey everyone! Feeling good today especially as I’m up to date on all my projects. Last Friday I got all my projects done and managed to write another track called “Take Your Prize”. I’m so excited to share it with you all, so here it is!

After I finished the track, I had another order in for a television toy commercial jingle! It was great timing because nothing was going to pull me out of my musical zone on this new track when I was half way through. Aha! Today I had to re-write the jingle which was ordered on Friday, I think I was too tired by the time they ordered to give it my serious “all”! But today they’re happy with the final delivery. I also had to work on the toy commercial jingle which was ordered the Friday previous. They had the clients feedback, and it resulted in another re-write! But it was okay, it doesn’t happy too often so I took it in my stride and did it again! I finished by 1pm. I’ve spent the afternoon tidying the house and doing washing.