Before touring Europe, before Mustang Sally Band, and before working on Nashville, Kristin Bidwell was making six-figures as a design consultant/project manager in an audio engineering firm. It was a job that she loved but ultimately gave up, because she loved playing music more. The power of money was no match for her passion. However, her stomach still dropped as soon as she realized that her bank account wouldn’t be replenished every two weeks like clockwork, anymore. She quickly traded in filet mignon for Hamburger Helper.
Her friends, although supportive, thought people would think that she was crazy. They told her not to tell anyone. Kristin decided to take their advice, and she didn’t even tell her own parents for four months! “I didn’t want the energy of worry,” she said. Who can blame her? Leaving a six-figure salary for what could have been paycheck-to-paycheck living was worry enough. Her family, who was always supportive, quickly forgave her for keeping secrets. Kristin had not made the decision to pursue her music lightly, and had in fact been preparing for it all of her life. Besides taking MBA classes at George Washington University, and participating in Wooten Woods bass camp, she avidly read books on: entrepreneurship, finance, the economy, marketing, technology, the music industry, and how to change your mindset to obtain your goals. “When you have a mentality of ‘I cando something’ then you can do it,” Kristin said.
“I’ve always believed that I can do what I want to do,” Kristin said, and she has.