Welcome to the 3rd installment of “Year in Review” from Affordable Violinist AKA Chris Dooley
So I try each year to grow and experiment with different directions this business might take. This year has been no different.
I performed 65 wedding in 2014 on violin. That was equal to the number of total events I had last year.
I also played 5 receptions, several at the Mansion on that Bosendorfer prized piano.
I played a 3 night 9 hour stand at an Italian Restaurant as a strolling violinist. Probably not something I would sign up for again, but I learned a lot.
I played my first wedding on Mandolin. (Thank you Trinity)
At least 1 person risked their engagement music with me.
I also played 2 bridal shows.
I played 1 evening with the band Southern Maple. They were nice enough to let me experiment doing something I had not previously tried before. That was fun!
Along the way I actually started tuning pianos. (I’m not very good) but chalk up 3 pianos that I took a wrench to this year in the hopes they would sound better.
So 75 total events and 2 bridal shows is the grand total. I continue to expand from the previous year’s tally. #Winning <— first one of those in a blog post.
BIG THANKS –
To Ian Rowe and the entire Rowe family for their continued support. Ian is my accompanist on cello and guitar as the need arises. He drives the van when I’m super busy and is extremely helpful in set up and tear down when we have multiple venues in one day.
James Carlson and his whole team. The magic that he can bring to an event is beyond imagination. Thanks for letting me be a part of it on so many occasions.
All my friends on the Savannah Wedding Vendors Page. Whenever my phone jumps out of my pocket buzzing I know someone has mentioned needing a violinist. Crazy cool!
…. and all my other fierce friends in the Savannah Wedding scene. It has been and will always be a pleasure to work with all of you. Thanks for making 2014 great. Keep sending me brides in 2015.
It’s hard to put words down for what 2013 has meant to me as a person and as a business.
Since I’m a “numbers guy” let’s look at the STATS!!
I played 65 events in total.
Weddings, receptions, cocktail hours, dinner parties, official events
That’s twice as many as I played in 2012 .
2013= (2012* 2) +5
2013 saw several firsts. I started working with a great musician named Ian Rowe. He has been a benefit both professional and personally. We put together a wedding/cocktail hour package that includes violin,cello,guitar and piano music between 2 musicians. Cool stuff.
I met and started working with several new coordinators vendors and venues. (I cannot list them all)
(James the Florist, Bonnie Pink Shoes, The Brockington Mundels, Luke “the giant” Photographer, Cindy Entertainment, Morgan Weddings-Gallo, [Diane/ Diana/ Denise/ Izzy] Photobugs and of course the Indestructible Officer Deb)
I played at forts, beaches, mansions, backyards and private islands.
I met some really great couples and had an amazing amount of fun.
Here’s to more of the same in 2014.
Thanks to all my Savannah Wedding Vendor Friends!!!!