Author’s note: Below is a blog post taken from the blog of the winner of The Hourly Gig, Ben Gallaher! We’ll be adding video of his big performance soon. You can check out his blog and music here.
As a full-time college student, I am so thankful for the opportunity that Snagajob gave to singers and performers in the music industry with The Hourly Gig contest.
On August 16, Snagajob, headquartered in Richmond, announced a national talent search to discover some of America's best musicians and entertainers who also work hourly jobs. The phrase "starving artist" is an accurate description of most of us in the music industry. Growing a fan base and writing songs demands a lot of time and practice. Most of us have to work at least part-time to pay for our instruments, studio time, and living expenses.
Rated as the No. 1 Best Small Company to Work for in America, Snagajob is the go-to resource for the "hard-working hourly employees who make up 60% of America's workforce." There's a lot of us waiting tables, singing in bars and at events, and doing outdoor labor--and our songs tell the stories of our working experiences.
Since I was ten years old, I've been mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and doing fall clean-up to save money for my guitars and amps. When my oldest brother, Joshua, started his own commercial landscaping business, I ran a crew during the summers and spring breaks. If you've ever been on a snow plow crew, you know you start work when everyone else is asleep! I depend on my landscaping work and my hourly music gigs. Playing for events, parties, and bars is a great way to get your music out to new fans and earn a little money doing what we love!
Another author’s note: Read Ben’s full blog post here. You can view Ben’s winning video below!