2019 United Way Annual Report - Page 18



rose, he sank further into financial despair and
“My financial life was a mess. That spilled over
desperation.
into my personal life, of course. I definitely spent
a few nights sleeping in my car. I couldn’t go to
He decided to try his luck in the Nashville
a lot of the events that a lot of my colleagues
songwriting community.
were going to. I had to spend many nights just …
keeping myself busy.”
“I just wanted a new start. Nashville seemed
like a great community. It seemed like a great
He tried to focus on writing music and staying
place where I could have a nice lifestyle and also
positive but felt like he was drifting.
seemed like I could drop in and make a bunch
of cash and leave. To be honest, that’s what I
“I thought, ‘Oh I’ll just get a hit song; something
thought,” Alan says. “But it didn’t go that way.”
great will happen. I’ll get a reset.’ It just doesn’t
work that way. Or it didn’t work that way for me,”
Teaching private music lessons and doing
he says. “At some point, I realized I’m not going
graphic design and web development work
to be able to climb this mountain by myself.”
sustained him at first. Eventually, he found
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work backing up other artists, in the studio
He did some research and cobbled together
and on the road, and he worked his way into
a financial rehabilitation plan. That’s when
publishing and producing. By then, having
everything started to turn around for him.
rolled his student loan in with the credit card
Someone tipped him off about the Financial
debt, he was faced with what seemed like an
Empowerment Center, a partnership between
insurmountable number.
United Way and the Mayor’s Office.
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