- where are you facing?
Currently I am facing in three directions (if I’m allowed to say that).
i. Over the last 7 years of my life I’ve worked towards building a successful career as a film composer. I lived in Los Angeles for 3.5 of those years and during that time I built a network of clients, most of which I still work with regularly today. This is the first year in my film composing career in which I have consistently had work throughout the entire year. Not everything I work on is something I’m excited about, but I have finally reached a point where I have been actively creating a substantial portfolio and getting paid to do it!
ii. Another direction I am currently facing is in the way of being a music instructor. Back in February I accepted a position at a music school where I not only teach kids (and adults!) how to play guitar and piano, but also help them learn to play music with other people, and give them opportunities to perform out in the community as well as record in our in-house recording studio.
iii. The last direction I am facing is studying to become a licensed respiratory therapist. While working as a musician of the entertainment industry has been exciting and fulfilling in many ways, I have always felt a sense of guilt for not picking a career in which I am helping others. Ever since I was a teenager working at my first job, I have always been in the business of assisting or helping others from being someone who serves people meals in the food service industry to helping kids with special needs. Music has always been a creative outlet for me, and I’m sure I could certainly inspire someone through my work, but I wanted to do something where I could physically make a direct impact on another person’s life. I have also always had a general interest in the healthcare field. So after researching many different healthcare jobs I decided to study respiratory therapy, because the job duties included everything I was looking for in a healthcare job and I have a lot of great local resources to help me in my journey to becoming a licensed professional.
- Where are you going?
Many people I have spoken with think that I am trying to do too much and that I am spread too thin across all of the things I am doing, but I am driven and dedicated to all of them. I have somehow managed to make time for my 30hr a week job at the music school, write music for my freelance job, and maintain above a 3.25 GPA in school.
My hope/plan is to continue working at the music school until I finish my degree and become licensed as a respiratory therapist, and eventually cut back to only working there 1 day a week or resigning from my position there completely.
That said, as a film composer I hope that I am headed to work on bigger and better things. My dream would be to work on the score for a big budget independent feature film (90+ minutes) that has a powerful story that resonates with people all over the world. I would also love the opportunity to some day write the score for a video game.
- What behaviors are you exhibiting that support that direction?
i. I make time in my weekly schedule to reach out to at least one of my former clients (who are usually also my friends) to see how they are doing and to see what they are working on. I also make quarterly trips out to LA to attend networking events and catch up with old industry friends. I am also looking to update my website sometime soon to include content from all of the wonderful projects I’ve been given the opportunity to work on this year.
ii. As a music instructor/coach I am ensuring that I am practicing my instruments more than I have in previous years to ensure that I am exhibiting the same behavior I require of my students. It would be hypocritical of me to ask them to practice if I don’t!
iii. As a respiratory therapist, I am working towards my goals currently by hitting the books hard and getting tutoring help when I need it.
- How can we keep you accountable?
I am generally a pretty self motivated individual, but checking in here to stay up to date on my crypto investments has been a lot of fun and I enjoy having a community of people who are more knowledgable about this field to help me navigate crypto. Been a little bummed on crypto lately because I converted all of my ETH into NEO a couple of weeks ago and now am hurting because NEO dropped so dramatically and ETH is on a crazy run. Lesson learned though.
I would most like to be held accountable to grow in my knowledge of crypto. Even though it doesn’t assist me directly with any of my previously mentioned goals. I always love to learn more and it’s a fascinating space that I am very excited about. B90X is a great way to keep me accountable. If you see that I somehow miss a day of it send me a DM and let me know that I’ve fallen off track.