Hello fellow TBers, A long awaited trip is finally in its planning stages for me to relocate to the US to pursue a career as a session/freelance bassist. I'm planning for the end of next year - it's seems like a while away now, but Im sure it'll creep up on me really quick! To give you a bit of background Ive studied at the conservatorium over here, starting in the contemporary music course, and moving onto the Ba Jazz. I never finished the Jazz course - I took a year off, and have been getting too much work to really justify going back. I'm currently in Perth, WA. Life is pretty good, I teach and gig for a living and the money is good, the lifestyle is great - so I can't complain really! I've always had this goal to have a crack at the session game is the US though, and I feel that if I don't do it now then Ill look back in 10 years time and regret it!! Basically my question is - what cities do recommend checking out? I have a rough plan to do a bit of travel first - check out LA, NY, Nashville, Vegas.. all the places where Ive heard (and read.. on here!) have a pretty happening scene and where there's lots of work. When I find a place where I feel I can settle and get some work, then go from there. As far as work, Im fairly comfortable in most genres, and one of my biggest assets (I think) is that Im very versatile. I play lots of cover gigs over here that cover every thing from pop to R&B, rock, funk, motown/soul, country, fusion and jazz (swing/bebop). My ideal gig would be playing jazz influenced R&B/soul - neo soul stuff (think, eryka badu, jill scott).. or any really groove based music. Thats what I love playing the most, but Im certainly happy to take whatever may come my way. My biggest aim over the next 18 months or so before I leave is to work on my vocals and DB skills, basically to make myself more employable. Any advice (ANY advice!!) would be hugely appreciated in regards to places to visit/check out, advice on being a freelance bassist, and anyone who has done this kind of big move/re-location before... I should also note that Ill being doing this with my girlfriend, who is an incredible vocalist and is currently studying at the con over here. She will also obviously be looking for work as well, and we will definitely be looking for gigs we can do together where possible. Thanks so much in advance, and look forward to your reply!! All the best, Andy O'Neil.