Well, I looked back at my last post, in which I wrote that I was going to be writing posts more often, and (gulp)… Quite a lot of time has passed since then…
Sometimes–often times–I spend time wondering why it is such a challenge to carve out a career as a musician. Of course there are many factors that come into play; general ones that impact many, and then individual ones according to where someone is at in their life. I’ve been trying to reflect on what sort of career I want to have and how I can achieve it. To be honest, I’ve been discouraged lately. I’ve done a lot of work to create new work (recordings and projects), though I haven’t figured out how to create more traction, more mobility, more opportunities to get my music “out there”. There are many things I could do more of (like write more frequent blog posts!), though I also feel that there is so much to do that at times I don’t know where to spend my time.
So, instead of plowing forward without having a plan, I’ve been quieter and more contemplative, and trying to assess where I’m at in life and in music. I like hard work — I find it satisfying in and of itself. Though, I get more out of working hard and achieving something tangible. I need to figure out how to do that!
The weekly video project has kept me focused on improving my skills as a musician, arranger and user of Pro Tools. I’ve enjoyed the few hours each week that I set aside to record the video. The latest one was extremely fun!
It’s amazing that the year is wrapping up on this challenge. What am I going to do instead? A couple of my music friends and I recently joked that I’ll keep going, but instead of a video a week, I do one a day! Or two a day! Or one every minute! (And so our joking went on, getting more and more ridiculous!)
What I really hope to do is to tour more. That isn’t an easy thing to think about doing at this time in my life, but I think it won’t be too long that I can really set out on regular road trips and musical adventures!
We’ve been blessed with a beautiful autumn, and I’ve been spending many hours outside running, walking, hiking and cycling. That has felt great! Also, as of a few weeks ago, I was hired as an audio editor and tech assistant to some companies that publish regular podcasts. That has been extremely exciting, and it is the perfect sort of job for a musician in that it’s fairly flexible and can be done from home.
I have some exciting in Alberta coming up in December – March. I’m looking forward to them, and am going to be spending some time booking a few more.
Well, that’s it for now, friends. Enjoy the rest of autumn!