Cindy Banks

June 16, 2006
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June 16, 2006 Terkel

Cindy Banks lives in the self-proclaimed, “Middle of Nowhere” Oregon. We managed to catch up with her about her passions and what she is currently working on. Her story is both inspirational and interesting. Please visit her website at

Here is her story, in her own words:

“I majored in music and theater in college and spent several years playing music professionally. When trying to make enough money as a musician to pay rent and utilities became unbearable, I started working in the software industry. I worked my way up from a part-time sales person playing music at night, to being the Director of Marketing for a multi-million dollar software company. I made a lot of money, but I was very unhappy”

“Last year I saw a beautiful, retired church and I dreamt of opening it as a community center. I wanted to have weddings, events and most of all, music there. For the last year, I’ve spent all of my time and money remodeling the building and trying to resolve zoning and financial issues. The way it stands now I’m still working full-time, I’m deeply in debt and I stand about a 50/50 chance of pulling my dream off. But you know what, it’s absolutely beautiful and if I am able to make it work, it’s going to be unbelievable. The neighborhood is behind me, I feel like playing music again, and the weddings that support the overhead are becoming more steady.”

“My dream is to hold music shows on Friday or Saturday nights and give the musicians a place to stay. We’ll get up the next morning and clean the space, hold a few weddings to pay the bills and spend the rest of my time doing volunteer work, playing music, writing, and participating in my neighborhood. Those are my passions. My dream hasn’t happened yet, but I guess the message here is that no matter how much you have to do to survive, the dream is always worth it and never goes away.”