Humbling Experiences

erica bryan, beaverdamusa.com, behind the micSometimes you have experiences that make you feel confident, and may even puff you up a little. Like when the sound guy says, “We need to end sound check now because there’s a line of people out the door waiting to get in for your show.” Or, when someone asks you for an autographed picture because they think you’re worth something…(or at least your handwriting!)

Then, there are experiences that are completely humbling…. Like when someone asks you, “Are you making a living off of music alone?” and you say, “No, I can’t live completely off of music yet,” and they say, “oh, so it’s still a hobby for you.”

Or, when you record vocals on a new song and the sound engineer says, “Wow, that was WAY better than when we recorded your last song!”

Or, when you play for tips, and there’s no one there…

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In this pic, Billy and I are playing at a frozen yogurt place, serenading….no one.

Or, when people are there, but you only make $2…from your friend.

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In this pic, the ladies of my band were playing at the mall, hoping to make enough tips to pay for our next music video. We made $2.

You’ll be glad to know that the ladies and I came back to the mall to play another show the next day, and ended up making enough money to pay for our gas to our next out-of-town show. (This Saturday 9/6 in Birmingham, AL!!!!)

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Although there are the bad humbling experiences, there are also good humbling experiences. The ones where God opens a door for you that you know you don’t deserve and couldn’t earn with your own strength. And these are the humbling experiences that keep me going.

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About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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