This episode was previously published on the Profitable Musician Show.
Lindsey Kirkendall, from Revolution, is an indie music artist who has been working with musicians for almost the same amount of time. She grew up wanting to be in the entertainment industry, having been a singer, actor, and dancer. She moved to Nashville in 2005 and fell in love with the business side of the industry.
When she moved to Nashville, she was open to participating in the industry on the business end or as an artist. The industry lost its shirt in 2008, and many mentors and people were pushing the record label thing, even though she knew it wasn’t going to be the right path. She met her husband six months after moving to Nashville, and they were married.
Lindsey faced the challenge of having a family and being a mom, which many female artists struggle with. She landed her first corporate job in the music industry side because she was putting her husband through audio engineering school. She felt it made more sense to go and get a job in the music industry than trying to pursue an artist’s career, as it was so amorphous.
During her time at Revolution, she was doing ad sales for a digital music magazine that had lost a lot of money from their traditional label clients in 2010. The industry was in a huge shift in 2008, and everyone was trying to figure out how they were going to make it. The magazine said, “We have to find a way to make it.”
Lindsey’s journey in the music industry has been a testament to the importance of finding a balance between pursuing a career as an artist and balancing a family and personal life.