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How to "Make It" in Nashville

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Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Fan, I have a problem with momentum. I played, wrote and lived in Brooklyn for three years, made an $8,000 Kickstarter record there. Then I got frustrated and moved to Nashville last year, ended up second place in their local radio competition a few months ago, and got lots of radio play. Now what? With my career I always seem to be able to get momentum going, but then it fizzles. How do I keep momentum? How do I get to the next level? What should my next level be? I'm SO broke all the time I can't afford much more than DIY fixes. I have SO many questions! I haven't toured yet, should I? Should I make a new album? Should I seek out A&R people? There are so many directions to go, but which ones actually work? I've been doing this since 2007 and feel like I'm doing something wrong. Help me, Fan Landers! New Lady in Nashville

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