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Ryan Bailey – Aspiring Musician

The following is a story I did for my photojournalism class. The challenge was to find someone you do not know and then do a story about them. This is my story.

Ryan Bailey, a 25 year-old Lockport native, plays for the few passers-by the night before the Park Ave. Festival on Friday.

Originally from Lockport, Ryan came to Rochester, NY in search of band members and success. Ryan's house is filled with cables, musical instruments, and various studio equipment. His dream is, "to become a notable figure in the music world"

Ryan heads out to begin his day of busking at the Park Ave Festival. He is discouraged at having been kicked out of the festival each day, he says that he will try again because, "this is how I make my living."

Parade officials come to tell Ryan that he needs to leave. They threaten police involvement. Ryan asks how he can acquire a permit. This is the second time he has been told today that he can not busk on Park Ave. during the festival without a permit.

After being confronted by festival organizers twice, and being threatened to have police involvement, Ryan attempts to legitimately acquire a permit but instead is given the run-around and no solution. He soon gives up and returns home with only $4.85 in pocket.

Ryan, defeated, goes home.

3 Responses Subscribe to comments

  1. Liette

    wouaww…love your story…those photos are so clear…the emotion is present…thanks…will you have an end story??

    Aug 21, 2010 @ 4:38 am

  2. gustavo

    Gustavo Osmar Santos
    Estuvo AquĆ­…wonderfull.

    Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:02 am

  3. JPhilipson

    Well, I’m going to keep following Brian around and see what happens. I did recently talk to him and he said he has added a bassist to the band and will let me know if anything else occurs.

    Sep 21, 2010 @ 8:32 am


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