So, the past few months have been entirely consumed by Twist of Fate Productions, our new business venture. My blog-time has taken a major backseat and I just thought it would be cool to take a minute to write a little update on how the business is going and what we’ve been up to.
For anyone who has bumped around this site, you know that I am a Pittsburgh music scene enthusiast. I’ve clocked some time at shows and in the past year and a half or so have gained experience in organizing and promoting them as well. In December of 2016 when we launched the Homegrown Hard Rock Showcase, I got a feel for what it took to organize a slightly larger scale production with multiple moving parts. That showcase has since been renamed The Crucible Project and I love that I get to continue to collaborate with our team at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls.
When I look at how all of this came to be, I’d say that Jer is the vision and I am the logistics. After observing the process of event promotion and production from a silent partner perspective being married to a musician, somehow, I got inspired to try it on my own from start to finish. Thus, Femme Fatale was the first show I ever organized myself and that Winter’s Descent was not performing on. The fact is though, that every step of the way we were bouncing ideas off of each other and found out we really enjoyed the process of creating something together. I think if I had gone into that event with any expectation or inclination that we would actually start a promotion company, I would not have had the guts to even begin. The night of the show someone referred to me as the promoter and I was asked if I planned to continue “doing” this and I brushed it all off as something I was just doing to see if I could. As an artist, I can almost guarantee that the last thing Jer ever thought he would do was become a promoter, yet the following year we found ourselves filing paperwork for an LLC for Twist of Fate Productions and it’s been full speed ahead ever since.
When I launched this blog in January I fully intended for it to be my primary focus outside of my day job as a clinical Dietetic Technician. I figured this would be my creative outlet, I would continue to help promote WD and help out with the monthly night at The Funhouse, and that’s about it. To be completely honest, we talked about the idea of starting a promotion company off and on since last summer but I figured it would be something we would either never do “for real” or maybe it would be something we would buckle down and focus on in a couple years. Then before I knew it, we were talking about it more and more, naming it, planning a launch strategy, mapping out our first few shows, and suddenly… pow! We were business owners.
It has definitely been a rocky road at times but the more I branch out and talk to other business owners both in this industry and in others, I realize no one knows what they are doing at first. There are experts out there on everything that seems daunting at first, like obtaining a tax ID. When it comes to the work itself, most of it is what I have done for years…just a lot more at a time. As of today, we have organized 2 shows as an official company and helped to sponsor a stage at the last ever Warped Tour! We have 3 shows on the calendar right now, and just scheduled our First Annual Twist of Fate Productions Picnic. We have been making it out to as many events as possible this summer, just like we have for years. I am always on the look-out for artists and other individuals who are trying to grow and contribute to what we are all building together in the Pittsburgh Music Scene. I feel genuinely fortunate that I get to be a part of it!