THE ARTISTS: Michelle Bonomob
What is your career and your current job title? I am a self-employed national medical recruiter.
Describe in a sentence or two your art. I am the lead singer and keyboardist for the band, Rad Cat.
How long have you been working in this discipline? It will be two years in February 2003.
Why do you do it? Well, I have always loved singing. Both my parents play guitar, so I was around music growing up. All through high school at Nevada Union, I was in Don Baggett’s choir. One of the biggest reasons that I’m doing it now is also because my husband, Frank, is our awesome drummer, and I love spending time with him.
What do you hope to accomplish? Short term, I’ve been writing some original songs, so my current goal is to have the lyrics to one song completed, then have some of the other band members lay down the music. Long term, who knows?
Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? No, there is no philosophical message that we are trying to get across.
What kind of special training did you take? I did have some light formal training in my life. However, life experiences have taught me the most. Ernie, (Salazak) in our band, has been my teacher on keyboards, and he’s been great!
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Most definitely performing! We’re working on new cover songs all the time, which keeps it fresh and fun for me, but nothing feels like it does when you’re out in front of a crowd and they’re having fun!
What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? I really like all the aspects of playing music. I could say putting up and tearing down the equipment isn’t too thrilling. However, our guys are so sweet to pretty much handle that for me.
How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? Six to 10 hours a week between band practice and other activities as the band manager, but it can be easily twice that time or more if we have a full weekend gig schedule.
Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? Yes, I consider it hard work, but I also find it very fun and creatively stimulating. Yes, I think anyone could do it, depending upon their musical skill and their level of commitment or passion for creating music. It takes commitment to pull a band together, but it takes a passion for what you’re doing together to continue to add value to your musical process.
For other comments, see http://www.rad-cat.com
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