I saw a post the other day that shared that Bezos and Waltons got $117B richer during the Pandemic; Target and Lowe’s profits doubled; stocks hit a record high at Apple, Home Depot, Dick’s, Costco, and Best Buy. (All verifiable, just Google it.)

And…20% of small businesses are closed. 

Musicians and artists don’t even make statistics like that, because they are completely independent. 100% of my musician friends and artist are out of work. 

Me included. 🙂 

Recently, I was talking about this with a friend – a brutally honest friend, I might add – and he suggested: 

“Fact is, most people think that ‘Fame and Fortune’ are indelibly linked.

There you were in your Patreon video, being honest and open, baring your soul with your patron supporters. (Here is the link to the video he was referring to.) 

Your followers need to hear this from you. 

You need to point out that independent musicians, and many self-employed in our society, have fallen through the cracks of the social safety net.

We are in uncharted territory with this shutdown, stuck in a situation that nobody envisioned, nor prepared for. You are coping the best you can under the circumstances.”

He is right. 

This is not just my reality. It’s a reality for many, many of us. 

A musician’s income comes from live performances. I perform live, I get paid. It’s that simple.

These days, royalties are insignificant unless you are selling a million singles (and although I sold millions of singles of my Croatian mega-hit, I don’t own any publishing for it, and performing royalties are very, very small.)

Imagine this Pandemic without music, without books, movies, arts, inspiration… 

(I don’t want to even imagine it.)

So, if you are shopping this week, consider gifts from my store. Buying from artists and small businesses ALWAYS make a big difference. 

And, buying gifts from my online store is like giving twice 🙂 

Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron is an award-winning music artist, published author, inspirational speaker, and certified transformational and spiritual life coach.

She has many passions and is dedicated to helping others while also creating an enriched life for herself and her three sons. 

When Tajci is not on the road performing gigs, she volunteers with local organizations dear to her heart, spends time with loved ones (often involving music!), and collaborates with other artists to bring creative projects to life.

Tajci’s most recent projects include a meditation CD, an annual retreat & sea cruise in Croatia (that she organizes and hosts), and a multimedia CD/book (Un)Broken: Songs My Father Taught Me.

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