A highly talented musician, songwriter and singer, this extraordinarily resourceful artist has reinvented what it looks like to be an in-demand creative through diversification.
No one job title could fully sum up the wide range of skillsets Gregory Hyde brings to his humble performance arts company.
In the span of a single week, you could find him performing with his live band at a new venue, laying down another artist’s original tracks at his home recording studio and speaking from the stage at a corporate event.
From Musician to Multi-Talented Media Man
Of course, Gregory’s career didn’t start off this way. At first, he was just a talented singer and musician trying to find a way to bring his art into the world – and get paid for it. A story line many creative individuals can relate to.
But, over time, he realized he had so much more to offer. For instance? Professionalism.
As it turns out, not all musicians are particularly mature, well mannered or respectful of venues and events. Which leaves a lot of wide open opportunities for a guy like Gregory who knows how to keep a crowd thoroughly entertained without insulting corporations or doing permanent damage to a stage – which means, he gets invited back to a lot of places.
In time, Gregory’s talent and work ethic earned him the trust of local venues and referral business that kept his weekends and evenings packed with private parties and repeat public gigs.
Once Gregory’s performance schedule filled in, he started looking for ways to fill up his weekdays too. That’s when he realized he could parlay his experience with recording equipment into a side hustle. He built a studio at home and started helping other artists record their works locally and, voila, a second business venture was born.
The Artist Who Became an Author
Gregory’s determination to make a full time living as an artist and, as he shares, the unwavering support of his wife, resulted in a full time, well paying career as a musician – something most artists only ever dream of. Next thing he knew, he was getting invited to a music conference where someone suggested that he should write a book.
Taking up that advice and realizing that other performers struggled to accomplish what he has, Gregory decided to share his strategies in the aptly named book “Music Is My Day Job”.
Then someone recommended that he record his book, so he recorded it. Then another colleague suggested he narrate audio books, so he started doing voice over work.
Becoming an author and voice over artist organically led to even more entrepreneurial opportunities and streams of income, such as speaking engagements for business conferences and corporate events for big names like Samsung.
Surprisingly, he loved speaking, which has led to teaching and mentorship for other musicians as well.
Today, Gregory gets to do what he loves, help others be successful and earn a healthy living all while raising a family in Fox Valley. He’s proof that art can still pay the bills and satisfy your soul at the same time.
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