Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Plans Reviewed and Changed - Probably

This is not my R.V. I am hoping to purchase a 1/2 to 1 ton van to live in as I travel to places that something like this would be too large for. I drove truck for 35 years. Every thing that I needed to survive was within 6 feet of where I sat all day, every day. So, I know that I can live in a space the size of a 1 ton van quiet comfortably.
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Words of wisdom: Before you start a project do the research.

My goal was to travel through at least 37 cities in the United States to collect interviews and photograph the art of street entertainment. I would live in a van, camp out at truck stops, seek out buskers, interview and photograph them, create calendars and a book with the results. And, along the way I would become a busking star in my own right.

But, words of advise that I once gave one of my older brothers kept ringing in the back of my mind. Before he purchase his Freightliner he told me that he would make a big enough down payment on the truck that he would be able to pick and choose most of his loads. I told him he was wrong. I told him that his competition would keep him working 24/7/365. And, I told them that he was not mentally or physically prepared for the challenge. I was right.

I believe it would be smart for me to listen to my own advise. But, I am not cancelling the plans. I am just taking a new look at how to do the project. Also, I am still looking to purchase a van for travels. And because, at the age of 63, I am seriously considering the other goals on my "bucket list". And, I think it is time to admit that I may not have the time to complete a project of this magnitude. But, there is a way to get the job done, slowly but surely. And, the fact that this article may give some photographer/musician the idea to do the project themselves will not matter. In fact, they may want to work with me on a small part of my project.

Many of my future post on Tunesmith Tavern will result from further research, and my actual journals into the world of busking. Stay tuned.

Nothing I Can Do About It Now

A Breakdown of the lives that I have had:
1.) My first 17 years - Very few people in my life would guarantee that I would reach my 18th birthday. I was illnes prone. I was accident prone. And, I was doing stupid stuff, even for a teenager.
2.) My second life - Military and my first marriage. Ugh! Two trips to the edge of the Hell of war. Seven years in the Hell of Marriage. But, I got 2 beautiful children from the deal.
3.) My third life - Darkness, another marriage, and another trip to Hell. Getting to be a bad habit.  But, I got 2 more beautiful children out of that deal.
4.) My fourth life - Another life in Hell. As a single parent I started learning that I am strong enough to face what many people cannot face. There was no good reason for this life to last as long as it did. My 2nd divorce just seemed to linger and cause me problems. But, in the end I found out just how much I had lost along my way through my time on this planet.
5.) This is it. I have learned that 2 of the shortest words in the English language are the most important words in any life. I have learned how to say "NO", and mean it. And, I have learned that when someone tells me "NO" it is time to start looking for the person that has the authority, knowledge and guts to tell me "YES". I am still here. And, if I die tomorrow I will die knowing that I have learned to deal with life. I believe that every day that God gives me is now a vacation for me to enjoy.
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So, I now live according to the words of this song recorded by Willie Nelson:


 Nothing I Can Do About It Now - Willie Nelson.lyrics

I've got a long list of real good reasons, For all the things I've done.
I've got a picture in the back of my mind, Of what I've lost and what I've won.
I've survived every situation, Knowing when to freeze and when to run.
And regret is just a memory, written on my brow.
And there's nothing I can do about it now!

I've got a wild and a restless spirit.  I've held my price through every deal.
I've seen the fire of a woman scorned, turn her heart of gold to steel.
I've got the song of the voice inside me, set to the rhythm of the wheel.
An' I been dreamin' like a child, since the cradle broke the bough,
And there's nothin' I can do about it now! (CHORUS)

Runnin' through the changes, Goin' through the stages,
Comin' round the corners in my life.
Leavin' doubt to fate. Stayin' out too late.
Waitin' for the moon to say good    niiiigh-hi-hi-hite.

And I could cry for the time I've wasted, But that's a waste of time and tears.
And I know just what I'd change, If I went back in time somehow.
But there's nothing I can do about it now!

I'm forgiving everything that forgiveness will allow.
And there's nothin' I can do about it now!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Van Needed for Busking and Photography Trip




I am making plans to hit the road on an extended photography and busking project. And, I AM BROKE: ), I PROMISE! I cannot afford a motel room every night, unless I start making boocoos money as a busker. And, I may be crazy because I’m even thinking about doing this, but I ain’t stu,,,. Well, I ain’t that stupid. So, here is what I am thinking. IF I NEED TO, I plan to put my car up for sale, but I want to try to find a van worth buying first.



What I have: A 2002 Acura, w/less than 100k miles. It's clean, most of the time. Yeah, right now I am lazy, and it is hot. It is dark green, with a tan interior. More gadgets, bells and whistles than I can remember that I have. Everything works very good. It is good on gas, but I've never measured it. I will try to get around to that before it goes up for sale. When gas was $3.90/gal. it was costing about $50 to put a full tank in it. I could make two trips from Weatherford to Edmond, Ok., and still have about a quarter of a tank.

What I need:
Not much. I would like to find a fully furnished and completely working van fit for temporary living quarters. But, I will settle for a mechanically sound van with driver and passenger seat, air conditioner, and heater. I can throw a mattress in there, add my radios, a converter, an APU, and whatever else I need.

Let me know if ya’ll have one, or know where one is!

Van Needed for Busking and Photography Trip



I am making plans to hit the road on an extended photography and busking project. And, I AM BROKE: ), I PROMISE! I cannot afford a motel room every night, unless I start making boocoos money as a busker. And, I may be crazy because I’m even thinking about doing this, but I ain’t stu,,,. Well, I ain’t that stupid. So, here is what I am thinking. IF I NEED TO, I plan to put my car up for sale, but I want to try to find a van worth buying first.



What I have: A 2002 Acura, w/less than 100k miles. It's clean, most of the time. Yeah, right now I am lazy, and it is hot. It is dark green, with a tan interior. More gadgets, bells and whistles than I can remember that I have. Everything works very good. It is good on gas, but I've never measured it. I will try to get around to that before it goes up for sale. When gas was $3.90/gal. it was costing about $50 to put a full tank in it. I could make two trips from Weatherford to Edmond, Ok., and still have about a quarter of a tank.

What I need:
Not much. I would like to find a fully furnished and completely working van fit for temporary living quarters. But, I will settle for a mechanically sound van with driver and passenger seat, air conditioner, and heater. I can throw a mattress in there, add my radios, a converter, an APU, and whatever else I need.

Let me know if ya’ll have one, or know where one is!

Monday, May 28, 2012

MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern


d.021_9507.72: World Headquarters of MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern: )
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Through 35 years of trucking, and especially through the last 20 years of it, I stayed so busy working that I never had time to think about what I would do in retirement. I felt lucky just to be able to take a few days off from work, and that did not happen very often. I can remember years that, even after cheating on logs, I still logged less than a dozen days of recreational downtime. It never entered my mind that I would one day be forced off of the road due to health reasons, and that I would one day tell myself that I have no desire to climb back into a truck. But,  it happened.

Well, actually, it was little more than 5 or 6 years ago that I started thinking that I may someday want to quit trucking, but I never had the idea to retire. Instead, I started buying photography equipment, and planning to try to have my own freelance photography business. But, health issues got in my way, and I found myself applying for a Social Security Disability pension. And now, well, I have been unemployed for the past 2.5 years. I have a decent pension that allows me to live in a decent apartment in a nice neighborhood, and in a nice, quiet, rural college town in Oklahoma. But, I am not, never have been, and never will be, - satisfied.

Retirement, for me, has not been days filled with watching television. I have worked hard to improve my health. I eat better that I have ever eaten in my life. I sleep better than I have ever slept in my life. My only health issues are those that linger from my original problems. I will have those problems the rest of my life. And, I have re-started a long forgotten interest in music. I have now written around 20 songs, sing and play the guitar. And, even though I’m slower, I can hold my own in most circumstances. However, sometimes I do worry that I do not have the stamina of my youth. I have made a few sales with my photography, but the work that I want/like to do is just not in the area where I currently live. So, if I am going to succeed in photography I need to find a way to get to where my work is. And, well, I really believe I have the answer. I just need to find a way to make it happen.

Maybe, just maybe, I have found a way to do it. And, the answer seems to involve projects that I have planned for several years. What it boils down to is taking the blogs that I have worked on for several years and turning them into commercial projects. I have loosely maintained several blogs for several years with the hope of someday spending more time on them to make them commercial enterprises. My plans were to become successful with photography and music, and use my success to turn the blogs commercial. Now, I think I may want to turn the blogs commercial to help me succeed with photography and music.

Over the past 2.5 years I have narrowed my list of photographic subjects down to 4 specialties. I shoot “Event, Travel, Nature and Industrial” projects. I have four specialties because of where I live. In this area, for a photographer to make a living they will find themselves mowing lawns, delivering papers, renting out spare bedrooms, or whatever else they need to do to survive. However, I have plans to move elsewhere. And, I plan to specialize in “Event and Travel” photography.

MadDadKeith is my photography blog. I also have an on-line retail studio, HKB Photo Studio to showcase and sell my photography. In the future it will become more focused on “Event and Travel” photography. However, it will include articles and tips from myself and other items on anything to do with the photo industry. And, Tunesmith Tavern is my music blog. All of the songs that I have currently written are posted to this site. I will use this blog to promote my music and the music business. A pet project that I have planned for this site is the promotion of  “busking“,  street name for “street entertainment”. I also have Facebook pages for MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern. Please find some time to visit, subscribe and LIKE these pages. And, for now, I will also be posting about photography and music on my Google+ account. I may add pages to my Google account for both subjects.

MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern


d.021_9507.72: World Headquarters of MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern: )
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Through 35 years of trucking, and especially through the last 20 years of it, I stayed so busy working that I never had time to think about what I would do in retirement. I felt lucky just to be able to take a few days off from work, and that did not happen very often. I can remember years that, even after cheating on logs, I still logged less than a dozen days of recreational downtime. It never entered my mind that I would one day be forced off of the road due to health reasons, and that I would one day tell myself that I have no desire to climb back into a truck. But,  it happened.

Well, actually, it was little more than 5 or 6 years ago that I started thinking that I may someday want to quit trucking, but I never had the idea to retire. Instead, I started buying photography equipment, and planning to try to have my own freelance photography business. But, health issues got in my way, and I found myself applying for a Social Security Disability pension. And now, well, I have been unemployed for the past 2.5 years. I have a decent pension that allows me to live in a decent apartment in a nice neighborhood, and in a nice, quiet, rural college town in Oklahoma. But, I am not, never have been, and never will be, - satisfied.

Retirement, for me, has not been days filled with watching television. I have worked hard to improve my health. I eat better that I have ever eaten in my life. I sleep better than I have ever slept in my life. My only health issues are those that linger from my original problems. I will have those problems the rest of my life. And, I have re-started a long forgotten interest in music. I have now written around 20 songs, sing and play the guitar. And, even though I’m slower, I can hold my own in most circumstances. However, sometimes I do worry that I do not have the stamina of my youth. I have made a few sales with my photography, but the work that I want/like to do is just not in the area where I currently live. So, if I am going to succeed in photography I need to find a way to get to where my work is. And, well, I really believe I have the answer. I just need to find a way to make it happen.

Maybe, just maybe, I have found a way to do it. And, the answer seems to involve projects that I have planned for several years. What it boils down to is taking the blogs that I have worked on for several years and turning them into commercial projects. I have loosely maintained several blogs for several years with the hope of someday spending more time on them to make them commercial enterprises. My plans were to become successful with photography and music, and use my success to turn the blogs commercial. Now, I think I may want to turn the blogs commercial to help me succeed with photography and music.

Over the past 2.5 years I have narrowed my list of photographic subjects down to 4 specialties. I shoot “Event, Travel, Nature and Industrial” projects. I have four specialties because of where I live. In this area, for a photographer to make a living they will find themselves mowing lawns, delivering papers, renting out spare bedrooms, or whatever else they need to do to survive. However, I have plans to move elsewhere. And, I plan to specialize in “Event and Travel” photography.

MadDadKeith is my photography blog. I also have an on-line retail studio, HKB Photo Studio to showcase and sell my photography. In the future it will become more focused on “Event and Travel” photography. However, it will include articles and tips from myself and other items on anything to do with the photo industry. And, Tunesmith Tavern is my music blog. All of the songs that I have currently written are posted to this site. I will use this blog to promote my music and the music business. A pet project that I have planned for this site is the promotion of  “busking“,  street name for “street entertainment”. I also have Facebook pages for MadDadKeith and Tunesmith Tavern. Please find some time to visit, subscribe and LIKE these pages. And, for now, I will also be posting about photography and music on my Google+ account. I may add pages to my Google account for both subjects.



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Crowd Funding Video Speech

 My Pitch
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The following is a first draft of a speech for a video that I will finish up (probably tomorrow) as part of my application for funding. Assuming that the video is acceptable this part of the application will be submitted tomorrow.
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Hello! My name is Keith Birmingham, and I am seeking funding for an extended trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to produce, “Buskers of Las Vegas”,  an e-book and calendar project about the buskers of, and the business of, busking in Las Vegas. I am an aspiring photographer/journalist/musician/songwriter, and what you see around me is most of my equipment. As you will soon see, I work very hard with both my photography and music. And, my future working life depends on the fact that I am willing, and do, work long hours. I am constantly striving to become better with what I do as a photographer/journalist/ musician/songwriter.

I am 63 years old, and retired for medical reasons from the trucking industry. Over the past 2.5 years of my retirement I have come a long way in regaining my health, but have no current desire to rejoin the trucking industry. In my teen years I wanted to be a musician. I went to Vietnam instead. After that I started college with the intention of becoming a photojournalist. Marriage, kids and life changed that. I had a long, hard, and interesting 35 year career as an over-the-road trucker, with just a little bit of experience in photography along the way. Now, I am chasing lifelong dreams again.

At several times in life I have had the pleasure of seeing my photos published, or sold to private parties. For the past several years I have posted my photos all over the web. For the past two years I have had an on-line studio at HKB PhotoStudio.com. However, as you might imagine, a Social Security Disability pension does not allow me the luxury of financing a business startup. So, I have continued with my photography, and made a few sales. But, have not been able to advertise my services. However, I am not seeking funding for an advertising campaign. I am seeking funding for a project that, if successful, will enable me to fund similar projects while raising capital to invest in my photography business. And, along with this will allow me to travel for projects in both photography and music.

Please bare in mind that my major concern is my photography project. And, what I have most definitely learned in the past 2 years is that I need to specialize in a field of photography if I am going to succeed. Therefore I have only a few choices that are limited by my physical location and the kind of photographic work I desire to do. I prefer to do documentary style “event and travel photography and journalism”.  Which brings me to my project. My project is Buskers. Buskers is street slang for street entertainers. My initial project is to photograph the Buskers of Las Vegas, Nevada. And, after succeeding with this project I hope to earn money for identical projects in other cities. I believe that my music will help me do a better job with the photography project.  Along the way I hope to find the courage to step on stage (so to speak) as a performer.

Why Las Vegas? I am not a gambler, but I love the desert. And, I love the energy of Las Vegas. I visited Las Vegas at the beginning of my trucking career in 1974. I have returned as often as possible, and stayed as long as possible. I was there for 6 months in 2010, and tentatively plan to establish a residence there shortly. However, for this project I have made temporary arrangements to stay at a friends house (I should expect to pitch in some rent money) to complete this project. Therefore my funding needs will be limited to the expense of getting out there, travel expenses around the city, food and (in case previous arrangements fall through) lodging. Plus, I am researching the time and cost involved in photographing for, and producing a book, calendar, and an e-book, from the project. I would like to find and fund professional help in the final stages of this project in order to produce the best product available.

(To Be Continued)

Crowd Funding Video Speech



The following is a first draft of a speech for a video that I will finish up (probably tomorrow) as part of my application for funding. Assuming that the video is acceptable this part of the application will be submitted tomorrow.
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Hello! My name is Keith Birmingham, and I am seeking funding for an extended trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to produce, “Buskers of Las Vegas”,  an e-book and calendar project about the buskers of, and the business of, busking in Las Vegas. I am an aspiring photographer/journalist/musician/songwriter, and what you see around me is most of my equipment. As you will soon see, I work very hard with both my photography and music. And, my future working life depends on the fact that I am willing, and do, work long hours. I am constantly striving to become better with what I do as a photographer/journalist/ musician/songwriter.

I am 63 years old, and retired for medical reasons from the trucking industry. Over the past 2.5 years of my retirement I have come a long way in regaining my health, but have no current desire to rejoin the trucking industry. In my teen years I wanted to be a musician. I went to Vietnam instead. After that I started college with the intention of becoming a photojournalist. Marriage, kids and life changed that. I had a long, hard, and interesting 35 year career as an over-the-road trucker, with just a little bit of experience in photography along the way. Now, I am chasing lifelong dreams again.

At several times in life I have had the pleasure of seeing my photos published, or sold to private parties. For the past several years I have posted my photos all over the web. For the past two years I have had an on-line studio at HKB PhotoStudio.com. However, as you might imagine, a Social Security Disability pension does not allow me the luxury of financing a business startup. So, I have continued with my photography, and made a few sales. But, have not been able to advertise my services. However, I am not seeking funding for an advertising campaign. I am seeking funding for a project that, if successful, will enable me to fund similar projects while raising capital to invest in my photography business. And, along with this will allow me to travel for projects in both photography and music.

Please bare in mind that my major concern is my photography project. And, what I have most definitely learned in the past 2 years is that I need to specialize in a field of photography if I am going to succeed. Therefore I have only a few choices that are limited by my physical location and the kind of photographic work I desire to do. I prefer to do documentary style “event and travel photography and journalism”.  Which brings me to my project. My project is Buskers. Buskers is street slang for street entertainers. My initial project is to photograph the Buskers of Las Vegas, Nevada. And, after succeeding with this project I hope to earn money for identical projects in other cities. I believe that my music will help me do a better job with the photography project.  Along the way I hope to find the courage to step on stage (so to speak) as a performer.

Why Las Vegas? I am not a gambler, but I love the desert. And, I love the energy of Las Vegas. I visited Las Vegas at the beginning of my trucking career in 1974. I have returned as often as possible, and stayed as long as possible. I was there for 6 months in 2010, and tentatively plan to establish a residence there shortly. However, for this project I have made temporary arrangements to stay at a friends house (I should expect to pitch in some rent money) to complete this project. Therefore my funding needs will be limited to the expense of getting out there, travel expenses around the city, food and (in case previous arrangements fall through) lodging. Plus, I am researching the time and cost involved in photographing for, and producing a book, calendar, and an e-book, from the project. I would like to find and fund professional help in the final stages of this project in order to produce the best product available.

(To Be Continued)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Missin' You - by Keith Birmingham

This is a first draft, but I think I have it the way I want it. I had found the tune about 2 months ago, but just never got around to writing lyrics for it. Today, what I wanted to write just sort of slapped me in the face, and here it is. I will try to get a demo recording of it posted soon.  I am not the best singer, so don't expect much. I am open to musicians using the song for gigs. Just give me credit for writing the tune. Contact me for chords and other info. If you record it please have the decency to contact me for approval. I don't get mad. I don't get even. I get revenge: )
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Missin’ You - Keith Birmingham.lyrics

Missin’ you, missin’ you,
No, I won‘t be missin‘ you.
Missin’ you, missin’ you,
I’ll be happy just to know that we are through.
I’ll be through, through with you.
I can’t wait to hear the slamming of that door.

I won’t cry when your gone.
I will find myself a way to carry on
You can tell all our friends
That our love affair has come to an end.
Nothing more, nothing less
And, I know that I‘ll be happy when your gone.

Well, I meant the words I said,
But, the sound of them keep trippin’ through my head.
And, I know that I was wrong.
I know that I can never carry on..
And, I pray you’ll forgive the words that I said.
And, I need you here beside me on my bed.
And, I need you here beside me on my bed.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

River Grace

River Grace
by Jenee Halstead
 You can follow Jenee on Soundcloud on www.soundcloud.com @ jeneehalstead.

Crowd Funding for the Financially Impaired.2

Corporate Headquarters of Small World Enterprises, parent company of KB Transport, HKB Photo and Tunesmith Tavern: )
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On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed H.R.3606, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies. If you are an entrepreneur, and if the crowd funding idea appeals to you, following this link will get you started:  Also, you can search the web for "crowd funding sources". I will post as many resource links for my readers as I can, but I cannot be responsible for the content of the links, or for reader results that occur because you use them. Here is a government link to FAQ about the law.

As a prospective user I have to admit that I am excited at the possibilities of crowd funding. Early in my trucking career I was tempted to solicit loans from people in several ways to help me purchase a truck to start my own business. I think the only thing that kept me from it was not knowing if or how I would ever repay the loans. However, from what I understand thus far, crowd funding is more like a grant than a loan, with one small exception. You are more apt to get funding if your funding source receives something, a gift, in return. I will explain this more as this series of articles progresses. Simply put: someone donates $100 to help you meet a $500 recording studio fee. In return you give them a t-shirt with your logo on it, and a cd of the recording session. You have met your obligation for the donation.

I am writing these articles as I do the research for possibly applying for crowd funding for my business venture. Although I am hoping to end up with two profitable businesses (a music career and a photography career) out of the deal I do not yet know which one I will be seeking help for, possibly both. And, I am hoping this series of articles will help anyone who is interested in seeking crowd funding find their path to success in receiving help to start their businesses. And, I hope that you will succeed in your adventure.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crowdfunding for the Financially Impaired


My temporary busking pitch.
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So, you know you have the talent to be a star, but your just flat broke, and you have no one to feed you while your getting discovered. As a matter of fact ever since Aunt Ethel, your last surviving relative, kicked you out of her house you have been living on the street. No job. No home. No one to care. What can you do with all of that talent?

Well, if you sing and play but don't own a guitar you can beg, borrow or steal (not recomended) a guitar, and hit the streets as a busker.

What is a busker? Well, simply put, a busker is a street performer, or a person who entertains in a public place for donations. Singers, musicians, magicians, artist, mimes, anyone who performs their artful craft in public hoping for donations from pleased onlookers and passers-by would be called a busker. And yes, people are more apt to pay you for performing a service, even the simple act of singing a song, than to flip you a quarter for holding a beggars sign up at a busy intersection.
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For two years I have practiced the art of playing the guitar. Well, truthfully, I first started playing the guitar when I was 14, but that was 49 years ago. And, I first stopped playing the guitar just before my 18 birthday. I sold my red Fender Mustang, and got drunk with the proceeds for about a month before I boarded a bus that took me to boot camp, and eventually to the Tonkin Gulf for 2 cruises. But, then I played for 3 more years in the mid-1990's, just long enough to realize that I should have stuck with playing the guitar. I was close to a natural at rhythm guitar, and was getting better at playing lead guitar. My problem then was that I was a single dad. I didn't have the luxury of not having to earn a steady income. But, in November of 2009 I retired from a 35 year trucking career. In August of 2010 I bought an acoustic/electric guitar to keep from being bored. And, now I am ready to hit the road as a busker.

But, that is not all I have been working for the past 2.5 years. Actually for about the past six years I have been building a photography portfolio. And, over the past winter I have been looking for a way to build a freelance photography business within 2 photographic specialties, travel and event photography. I have spent the past 1.5 years photographing events, nature and industrial (trucks and the oilfield) projects around my hometown. But, it is my desire to work in travel and event photojournalism, and to work as a busker. My first major project is to find, photograph and promote street performers, first in the United States, and then as I travel around the world. There is probably know better way to learn about busking that to live the life of a busker. And, to work as a travel photojournalist it stands to reason that I need to be traveling.

So, how do I propose to get started? By taking one step at a time. The one lesson in life that I have tried to teach all of my children is: where there is a will - there is a way. I look back on my life and count the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people that were always there to tell me I could not accomplish my dreams. I believed them. I don't want my children to believe them. Every successful business has to have funding. And, unless you are filthy rich to begin with, you will need to find a source of funding. And, with the help of a funding source that started out as venture capitalism, and has now grown into "crowd funding" it is possible for anyone to accomplish their dreams. All you need is a good idea, and the guts to pursue it.

Crowd funding as defined by Wikipedia:  
Crowd funding or crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, or hyper funding) describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.[citation needed] Crowd funding occurs for any variety of purposes,[1] from disaster relief to citizen journalism to artists seeking support from fans, to political campaigns, to funding a startup company, movie [2] or small business[3] or creating free software. Another aspect of crowd funding is tied into the JOBS Act which allows for a wider pool of smaller investors with fewer restrictions. The Act was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. The SEC is going to have approximately 270 days from the enactment date to set forth specific rules and methods to ensure that funding will actually take place.[citation needed]

To Be Continued!!!