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Ep. 36: Bassist, Educator Ari Cap

Ep. 36: Bassist, Educator Ari Cap

February 29, 2020

Ari Cap is a prolific bassist, author, educator and composer. She produces popular online courses like her latest, "Core Principles" as well as others on music theory and technique. Ari is featured in many live workshops and clinics with other musicians such as Victor Wooden. Ari has been written about in several leading bass magazines and was featured on the July 2019 cover of Bass Player Magazine as one of four winners of the “Hottest Bass Players on the scene” poll. She presented at the 2019 London Bass Guitar Show with a clinic and performance.

In this episode we discuss her career, how AB5 has affected her, creatives that she works with and her fellow musicians. The law is not practical, difficult and expensive to implement for any freelancer, especially musicians. The creative arts will be hit the hardest by this law.

Listen to our more in depth discussion with Ari here: Episode 27

Visit Ari's website to learn about her courses, books and resources. ArisBassBlog.com

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Ep. 35: Ryan Bueter of ‘The Killer Dueling Pianos’

Ep. 35: Ryan Bueter of ‘The Killer Dueling Pianos’

February 27, 2020

Starting out in Ohio, musician Ryan Bueter has toured with a who's who of artists before starting 'The Killer Dueling Pianos'. Ryan moved to California in 2005. He has been performing and hiring musicians for his dueling pianos company since 2010. He worked hard, hustled, learned the business, networked and learned the financial end of the entertainment industry to help scale his business to what it is now.

The Killer Dueling Pianos are constantly busy performing all over the country at corporate events, resorts and private parties. 80% of their business is in California. Because of AB5, it has limited his ability to book events for himself and his performers in California. He agrees that the bill was carelessly written and is too broad in it's coverage. Ryan has invested a large amount of time and money into building his brand in California which restricts him from moving away. His story is very similar to many musicians who live in the state. Many don't find it practical to leave.

His hope is that the law is repealed and the state can go back to the way it was for all musicians, freelancers and independent contractors.

"Be Professional with everything you do. If you want people to take you seriously, show them that you can manage without them."

To book the incredible entertainment of 'The Killer Dueling Piano' for you event, visit https://www.duelingpianosforhire.com/

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

 

Ep. 34: Cindy Shea of Mariachi Divas

Ep. 34: Cindy Shea of Mariachi Divas

February 26, 2020

Cindy Shea is the founder and director of Mariachi Divas, an all female Mariachi group based in Los Angeles. Now entering their 20th year of performing, they have been nominated for eleven Grammy awards and have been honored by winning two.

Cindy grew up in California until she caught the ear of trumpet maestro Arturo Sandoval who invited her to attend Florida International University to be mentored by Arturo. After school she traveled back to Los Angeles and performed with Salsa greats, Yari More and Celia Cruz. Through her connections in the music community and with the drive to create, Cindy began the process to start her own female Mariachi group. Although not Latina, she fell in love with the music, tradition and culture that Mariachi music brings. Cindy worked hard to create her brand and grow the credibility of the Divas. She is a voice and a visionary for all musicians, especially female musicians.

In this conversation, we dive deep into her career, highlighting her leadership, role model qualities and what sacrifices musicians need to make to become successful and keep creating great music. Every musician needs to take note of what those experiences have taught her about becoming a musician and how to handle their career and life.

Then we focus on the AB5 issue in California that is affecting Cindy and every musicians career and lifestyle. Cindy has been a very vocal critic of AB5 and has asked for unity among musicians and other professions to fight it. We start discussing AB5 and it's affect at the 34:00 mark. Pure gold! I just sat back and enjoyed listening to Cindy put on a clinic on how it affects the future of the music industry. She passionate, inspirational and a voice for all involved.

Learn more about Cindy and Mariachi Divas on her website: www.mariachidivas.com

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Ep. 33: Twinkle Time and Friends! - Twinkle

Ep. 33: Twinkle Time and Friends! - Twinkle

February 25, 2020

Described as “like Lady Gaga for kids,” with a super pop sound mixed with a touch of Broadway belt, a sparkling soupçon of hip hop, and plenty of EDM glam, Twinkle  has always danced to the beat of her own drum, breaking barriers, sound and otherwise, with both her music and Harajuku-style presentation. Performing since the age of five doing television, stage and musical theater. As a tween, she was a series regular in the first Spanish family comedy, Sanchez of Bel Air, for the USA network, and she also had a recurring role on NBC’s My Two Dads.

Twinkle later formed the Billboard charting hit girl band, Nobody’s Angel, which was quickly signed by Hollywood Records/Disney and released their debut album in 2000. They opened for Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, sang on movie soundtracks like The Parent TrapPokemonThe Wedding Planner, and 102 Dalmatians, and, in 2002, earned a gold record for two of their songs on the Princess Diaries soundtrack.

By creating her own opportunities with her incredible talent, Twinkle found her niche, created her own brand and has taken the kid's pop market by storm. She's recorded several albums, videos and performs throughout the country regularly. However because of AB5, she has had to rethink her business, like many other freelancers and entertainers. She has become a strong voice against the law and has gotten involved with others who have been affected to bring awareness and change the structure of the law.

We discuss her career before AB5 during the first half of our conversation. In the second half, we focus on business and life after AB5 and how important it is to become educated on the subject plus what the future holds for freelancers and entertainers. Be sure to visit her website -twinkleandfriends.com/ and follow her on social media especially on Instagram: @twinkletimeandfriends

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Ep. 32: Jesse Rojas of PickJustice.com

Ep. 32: Jesse Rojas of PickJustice.com

February 19, 2020

Jesse Rojas is a farm worker rights activist, spokesperson for Pick Justice, and founder of California Farm Workers & Families PAC. Rojas also launched Mi America En La Radio, the first conservative Spanish-language radio show in the Central Valley. As CEO of The Redd Group, LLC, his organization offers labor relations, human resources consulting, public relations and political consulting. Jesse has been featured on various television appearances discussing AB5 and it's consequences.

In this exclusive interview, Jesse discusses his history with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales, the author of California bill AB5 and what can be done to correct this new law.

Visit his website PickJustice.com to learn about farm workers rights. His TruthAboutLorena.com site gives you the opportunity to win $5,000 if you can correctly answer questions about Lorena Gonzales.

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

Ep. 31: Meeting & Event Planner Sheryl Schane on AB5

Ep. 31: Meeting & Event Planner Sheryl Schane on AB5

February 18, 2020

Sheryl Schane is a San Diego based, certified meeting and convention planner, with over 25 years in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. Sheryl’s work includes planning, coordinating and managing onsite operations for several industries: Medical, Building, Technology, Insurance, Investment Banking, Financial Services and professional sports. 

We continue our week long conversations with California based freelancers and musicians who are being drastically affected with California law AB5. In this insightful conversation, Sheryl shares a wealth of information about AB5, explains the factors needed to qualify for an exception, maybe, the connection to the Dynamex decision, it's affect on her industry and others, her thoughts on a possible underground economy because of it and much more.

The Impact AB5 is having on Sheryl and the entire Meeting and Event Planning Profession is significant. Colleagues have received notices from agencies or longtime clients making a tough call to no longer contract with CA based independent meeting planners because of AB5. Instead, these agencies and clients have chosen to hire our colleagues from neighboring states to manage the meeting operations here in California because they are not willing to deal with the risks of AB5. This is very sad and disturbing. An unintended consequence of what is happening to us and so many other professions. The ripple effects of AB5 are astounding. 

For real up to date information and examples on what AB5 has done, visit the 'Freelancers Against AB5' Facebook group. 

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

Ep. 30: Writer Karen Anderson Discusses Ca. Law AB5

Ep. 30: Writer Karen Anderson Discusses Ca. Law AB5

February 17, 2020

This is the first episode in a series that will feature guests discussing the new law in California, AB5. AB5 has disrupted the lives of many California based freelancers, independent contractors and especially freelance musicians. Many individuals and businesses have moved out of state or shut down completely because of this law. Although some groups were able to get exceptions, the majority of independent entrepreneurs still struggle to understand the laws language and how it applies to them. There is also a great amount of 'collateral damage', meaning those who depend on the services of independent contractors and freelancers can no longer get them without expensive legal maneuvers.

Karen Anderson is the founder and administrator of the Facebook group Freelancers Against AB5. A gathering place for information about the law, stories from those affected and how to get involved in it's repeal.

Karen is a third-generation Southern Californian who divides her time between Hawaii and California. With a 25-year career as a freelance writer, editor and photographer, Karen specializes in homes, interior design, architecture, food, travel and feature stories for print publications in Hawaii and California. She is also the author of the local bestseller “The Hawaii Home Book, Practical Tips for Tropical Living” (Watermark Publishing), which earned the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association.

Join us the week of February 17 - 21 and 24-26 for daily conversations with those affected by AB5 and possible solutions to this issue.

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