Hi Adam! This is actually a repost, I have the same thing up in Janek's forum since he is the NYC guy on this board. I would love to get your input on my dilemma! For the last few months I had been planning on moving to NYC to play and attend grad school, studying at City College. I recently spent a couple days in the city to check out the school and to go to an audition for Cirque du Soleil, which I passed and I'm now in their pool of musicians to be called up. Now I'm at a crossroads. After graduating Berklee I figured NYC would be the place for me. But I just realized that I HATE New York. I can no longer really envision living there. The lifestyle is so completely counter to my personality. The whole town seems totally wired, all the time, yet depressed at the same time. I would have to live in abject poverty in a bad neighborhood to even come remotely close to being able to afford to live there. Plus, carrying all my gear around the city (2 electrics and an electric DB, with clothes in the pockets), even using cabs sometimes, screwed up my knee and my back. I'm now recovering back at home. So I've pretty much scratched one of the "Big Three" off my list. And I already am totally disinterested in LA because of the plasticity of it. This leaves Nashville. I hear it's much more laid back, which suits me great. I grew up in a very, very small town and like the small-town vibe of Boston. Nashville's even smaller population wise, which I like! It's also in the south, which I'm finding I have more in common with the south's approach to life and culture than my native northeast. Plus, it's supposed to be more driveable, the cost of living is lower, and I'd be able to drive around with my gear to gigs. I really like bluegrass, and I appreciate pop country as well. You really can't find better sounding records than the ones made in Nashville. And I feel like being a more northeast-style bassist would be a useful and interesting asset in Nashville. I was thinking, if I can get a good scholarship to study jazz/commercial music at Belmont, Nashville should be a damn good fit for me. I'm thinking it's a good thing to do and a good place to do it while I'm waiting for Cirque to come through. And the masters degree gives me the flexibility to teach at the college level, which is of great interest to me. So Adam, and anyone else in Nashville made it this far into my little novel here, what do you think? Is there work in Nashville? Playing is my priority, but I LOVE teaching as well. Do you think Nashville would be a good fit? Thanks!