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Meet Carey Frank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carey Frank.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a fulltime freelance musician. I am a multi-instrumentalist but mainly a Hammond organist, pianist, and keyboardist as well as a ukulele player and bassist. I also compose, arrange, produce, and teach music. In addition to all that, I do freelance copy work for arrangers (taking handwritten, or out of date sheet music and typing it and making it neater). I also have an organ rental company. I own 3 vintage Hammond organs and Leslie speakers and rent them out when they are available.

I started working as a musician in high school in South Florida, playing mostly Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Jewish weddings. In college, in Orlando, I worked at Walt Disney World theme parks as a musician in various bands throughout the parks as well as in bands at Sea World and Cirque De Sole.

I moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to work on my Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at USC. Since finishing that in 2015, I have been full time freelance, working many shows, sessions, teaching, and small tours.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
To be honest it has been a very smooth road for me. Even in high school, working as a gigging musician was always a very serious job to me. Both of my grandfathers were professional musicians, and my uncle is a professional musician so it is not an uncommon profession in my family. I’ve always been a hard worker and made sure to leave a great impression. It took about a year to start working in Los Angeles, but once it started, it skyrocketed.

Please tell us about Freelance musician.
Being a freelance musician is a big umbrella term. Almost every day is a different job. I am most known as a Hammond organ player, keyboardist, and pianist. My most regular gig is playing many nights a week at various bars, restaurants, venues, and sometimes private events around town, and sometimes out of town. Most days are spent at recording sessions for an artists’ album, film/TV scores, or my own projects, or I am at a rehearsal for an upcoming performance, or I’m teaching a private lesson or subbing at one of the schools I teach at. I also do a bit of copy work for churches and composers which is an easy way for someone like me who is fast with computer music typing software to make extra income. My other side job is renting out my vintage Hammond organs and Leslie speakers when I want. I have 3, so sometimes I may even drop an organ off for a rental, run to my own gig, then have to go pick up the rental after my gig is done. My free time off, is usually spent learning new music for upcoming shows or recording sessions, writing new music for one of my projects, or working on some of my instrument gear.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have practiced more. Other than that, I don’t know what I would have done differently.


  • Private lessons – $75/Hour
  • Hammond B3 organ/Leslie rentals – $400 ($200 for each additional day at the same location)

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