Okay this is my situation; I graduated from LARW about 2 1/2 years ago. After interning at various studios in the LA area for almost a year, I decided my best way to break into the industry while gaining experience, knowledge, and improving my skills would be to buy my own rig and go freelance. As I anticipated this has been a struggle. I've had to keep a day job to supplement my income. Despite this, I am confident in my ability, and I am confident that I will make it as a recording engineer. Over the past year and a half, I've engineered quite a few demos and made a VERY modest amount of money. During this whole time I have been doing free engineering for some friends of mine who are in the band. All this has really helped me grow as an engineer, and gain a vast amount of experience and knowledge. (Something that I don't think would of happened if I was still interning.) As I mentioned earlier I do free engineering for a friends band. It's kinda been a way for me to practice and gain knowledge. Currently me and this band, there called "Chrysalis," are nearing the completion of a full length 12 song album. I'm very excited about this album. I think this may finally be my big break. The music is excellent, and is very fresh and original. This album also represents my finest engineering work to date, I'm very proud of it. I'm so happy with this album that I've decided to have it professionaly pressed and packaged through my own personal finances. Reason being that I want to have something professional looking in my portfolio. My question is this; Since I'm financing the album to be pressed and packedged should I just start my own label and put it out independantly? I've been considering this for the past few weeks and have been studying the music biz a lot, and can see that it's quite complicated. So what are my options? I want to be able to make money off this band/album. It's not like I can charge them money, there just kids. The bottom line is this; I think this band is going places and I want to have a stake in their future. What's the best way of doing this? Since I'm financing the album to be pressed and packaged shouldn't I just start an indie label and sign the band to a contract? I'm afraid that if we put this record out without them signing a contract, they might get signed by a relitvely big label and I will just get left behind with nothing. I'm reluctant to start a label because I want to be an engineer, not a business man, but I feel it's my only option. What would you guys do if you were in this situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. P.S. Sorry for the long post, but I feel that for anyone to properly give me advice they must understand my situation as a whole.