One of the bands that I play with is at the point of a breakthrough. It is a true labor of love for all involved and we have made astonishing musical accomplishments in the last couple of years. Our band leader is a true musical visionary, but think we may have reached the point of needing a true manager. In a few years, we have come from a rag-tag ensemble to become a razor sharp band and people are starting to take notice. What began as an ultra part-time recording experiment is turning into a very organic, cohesive body of work and the band leader has created something that genuinely radiates from his heart and in my opinion is a rare gift of love to the world. Problem is, now that our shows have started to generate a huge local buzz, our leader is showing a reluctance to embrace our popularity in any way that would capitalize on it. Part of this, I believe, is a desire to keep the project small and manageable, because scheduling can be a nightmare. I also believe there is a genuine hesitation to sully the whole affair with money. And I understand that all too well, because I come from a background of DIY hardcore shows that has netted me about -$50,000 over a lifetime. The band leader truly is my favorite, closest friend. I would never quit this band, but I am DYING to turn the business end over to a manager. What little accounting I have inquired about tells me that we are ready to start playing better shows and getting paid more.