Preparing for the Moment

wsmvWell, if you hadn’t heard already, I was on TV this past Monday!!!!! WOO! It was super fun and exciting and I was really happy with how everything turned out! And I’m really hard on myself, so for me to be happy with something is success in itself! 

It’s been great to see everyone’s responses! People have been like “How did you get on TV?!” At first, I think to myself, “Well, it wasn’t really that hard. I saw my friend on the show and asked her who to contact, and voilà!”

But then I stopped myself….actually….it was hard. The reason it was hard is because I had to prepare for years and years to be ready for the moment when I was given this opportunity. 

First, I did a lot of praying…

Second, I had to spend years learning how to sing! Countless lessons, a degree, and many stumbles and hurdles!

Third, I had to learn how to write songs and hope that I wrote a good one, one they would hear and let me play on TV!

Fourth, I had to build relationships. I had to meet the right people who would connect me with great opportunities. 

Fifth, I had to record the songs and spend countless dollars on an EP so that when I submitted my music for people to hear, they would like it and let me play!

Sixth, I had to already have something going on. People want to showcase artists they think are going somewhere or are “on the rise” and so I had to spend years and years showing the world that everyday is a step forward for me! 

Seventh, I had to craft my performance so that when the opportunity came, it turned out to be a good one! You guys have no idea how bad my first shows were compared to my more recent ones…or maybe you do! haha! But I really had to learn how to perform….by performing! 

And……I’m sure there are countless other steps along the way besides these few mentioned. But in the end, I think it’s important to keep preparing and crafting and perfecting whatever it is you want to do, because you never know when the right moment may come. It may seem easy at first, but when you look back at how you actually got there, I think you’ll be satisfied with all the hard work you put in! 

If you’d like to watch the TV segment, click here.

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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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