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Odette Scott

Sing Your Way Out of Debt: How One Musician Used Smart Tools to Achieve Financial Freedom

Here’s the cliché: Musician equals starving artist. Here’s the reality: A performer can gain financial freedom and personal stability if they choose smart systems over short-term gains. And leading online booking marketplace GigSalad, along with other tools, can help jumpstart the process, while letting performers and key party entertainers do what they love.

Rob Vischer is case in point. He and his wife had $37,000 in student loans and no bright financial prospects in his immediate future. But he knew one thing: He didn’t want to live that way. One morning, he stumbled across The Total Money Makeover, a book about getting debt free by Dave Ramsey. He picked it up, intending to read only a few pages. 24 hours later, he had read it all.

At the time he was a dedicated and full-time musician, and he felt frustrated at the low turnout he often saw at live gigs. Right after Vischer read the book and resolved to ditch the debt, a fellow musician, Bill Ballenger, tipped him off to GigSalad. “My friend started telling me, ‘You’ve got to go on GigSalad if you want to earn more money with music.’ I was like, “What are you talking about? I’ve heard of it, but I just always wondered if those sites were kind of a scam,’” recalls Vischer. “Then Bill said, ‘You have to do this, I’ll pay for your first two months. Rob, I’ve made $3,000 off one gig.’ That’s when I knew I definitely had to try it out.’”

Vischer’s two life goals of full-time music and financial freedom meshed. In addition to playing small concerts of original music, he offered high-end singing telegrams. “I decided to create a high-level experience where I’d buy either a bottle of wine or some huge crazy balloons,” says Vischer. “And then I’d go in, and based off the style of music the person getting the singing telegram liked, I would make up either a parody in that style or dress up like somebody. I started making a lot more money than I expected... Probably a few thousand, just doing the singing telegrams over about a 6-8-month period. And it was really fun.”

It wasn’t always easy. For one memorable Tennessee appearance, Vischer dressed like a chicken. He was hired to try to win back ex-wives for lovesick ex-husbands. He even did a quirky version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone:” “I had no idea what to do because obviously I am not Kelly Clarkson. I’m 6’6’’ guy, so I decided to do a really funny parody in my key. Her key wasn’t about to work for me. So I did this parody and the recipient loved it.”

These efforts paid off, helping Vischer and his wife kickstart their path to financial freedom.

He credits GigSalad with making that path easier. “If you want to make money in music, you gotta have marketing and great tools like GigSalad to connect you with the right people. If you don’t want to pay anything, you’re going to be spending all your time doing the booking yourself. And you’re never going to have the time to play or practice... GigSalad helps you do what you love and earn more money in the process. I don’t romanticize the idea of being a starving artist. There’s nothing romantic about hunger pains. I want to make money, and GigSalad helps me do that.”

About GigSalad
GigSalad is an online platform for artists and event service providers to promote their talent, connect with event hosts and planners, and get booked for private and public gigs ranging from weddings and parties to corporate events and festivals. As the largest entertainment booking platform in the U.S. and Canada, GigSalad can help you do what you love. Find out more at