I came across a good quote the other day, and I thought it was worth sharing. It’s not from anyone famous, and I actually don’t even know who said it. It was on the HONY facebook page (Humans of New York). If you’re unfamiliar with this page, it’s by a photographer that takes pictures of regular people and he asks them a question, and he posts their answers with their picture. It’s usually a question like, “What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you, or what is your happiest/saddest memory.” Things like that. Or sometimes you don’t even know the question.
Anyway, I saw a quote on there the other day, and it said:
“If you can’t support yourself doing your hobby, find a job that supports your hobby.”
I guess that’s common sense really, but I never thought of it that way. When I was younger, my parents tried to get me to go to college for music, but of course I didn’t listen. I thought that my music really wasn’t that good, and I thought that I would never be able to make any real money from it. I just figured for a career, I had to do something that was normal and mainstream, so eventually I graduated from college with my teaching degree (I still ended up not doing that. I’ll explain that in another post though).
Looking back, I wish I would have at least given music more thought at the time. I knew I didn’t want to be a performer, but there’s so much more out there for musicians than that.
So, I guess that just about leaves me where I am right now. Being a musician isn’t my career, but at least I never gave up on it. All of this reminds me of something else I read the other day:
“How many artists turned away from their art because they were told they had to make money in a traditional way? How many have given up their dreams in order to follow a more secure and profitable and socially acceptable path?”
That is an excerpt from the book, The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. I’m reading this book now, and I love it. It’s not a book that will give you steps to get through every day life, but it gives ideas on a different way of thinking about life. I think that quote sums up a lot people. There’s so many talented people out there who either completely or partially gave up on their art, believing they could never succeed with it. Myself included.
So, looking back, it’s real easy to say “I wish I did things differently.” But, today I have a job that will support me enough to still have music as a hobby, and for me that is still pretty good. If you haven’t heard my songs yet and want to, go to the music player on the right side of the screen.
Thanks for reading-
Lindsay Della Vella