So, as I wrote earlier, 2014 was a great year for me. And the year before. And the year before. But that’s because I’m pretty easy to please. It’s a great problem to have, but it also places me in my own way sometimes.
I’m like a little kid. It doesn’t take much for me to feel like “this is the most awesome thing ever!!!” When I’m doing extra work, most of the people around me are complaining about the lack of variety in the catering, or how it’s such a long day. I just look around and think “but guys, we’re working on a real mooooovie!” Same for reenactment tv. And student films. And shows. And concerts. I guess the great news is I haven’t become jaded. When it comes to focus, though, that’s where I have a problem.
When people get to know me, or at least get me involved in conversation about everything I’m doing, they inevitably ask me what my dream job is. And I always struggle to come up with an answer. Again, the good part is that there isn’t only one thing that I’d be happy doing. The bad part is that with so many options on the table, I never really put enough focus into any one of them.
In a city like New York, if you want to get to the top in any field, you’ve gotta work harder than everyone else around you. And while a lot of people will tell you that I’m one of the most driven people they know, that drive lacks focus. What they see is that I’m always on the go, always working, and usually have something fun to post about on Facebook. But I don’t really have a master plan. I just submit and apply for everything that interests me, and if I can squeeze it into my schedule, I do it.
I usually only have one day off a month where I’m not running from one thing to the next, and on most days I’m working more than one job. If you look at the last two weeks before I left for the circus, I worked as an admin assistant for The New York Pops and Actors Equity, I acted in a short film, was the rehearsal accompanist and sang in a concert with Essential Voices USA, recorded a voice for an animated film (which I also composed the theme song for), taught one workshop for Disney and two for A Class Act, directed and accompanied a benefit concert, worked as a church organist and choir director, photographed a press event, and hit up a few auditions.
Insane, right? That’s literally the two weeks before I left New York. Was it a blast? You bet! Was I sleeping enough? Not a chance! Did I get sick because of it? Of course, silly. But that’s just what I do!
Now here’s the thing. I’m finally getting to a point, at the ripe, young age of 35, where I’m starting to realize that I need a plan. Sure, I’m doing a lot of fun stuff and getting loads of random crap on my resume. But if I really want to take off, to really excel in one of these areas, I’ve gotta let people know that’s what I do and that I’m damn good at it. Of course you can do as many things as you want, and I don’t believe that you can only be really good at one thing. But, it’s a little harder for people to take you seriously if they don’t really know what you do.
Look at it this way, if you were going to hire a wedding photographer, would you hire someone who has a legit wedding photography business with hundreds of weddings in their portfolio, or would you hire a photographer who has shot a couple weddings, some fashion shows, a little bit of travel photographer, who has also catered weddings, worked them as a dj, and baked a couple wedding cakes? I think the answer is clear, and I think you know I’m the metaphorical photographer/caterer/dj/baker.
The ball’s gonna drop in a few so I’m gonna take a break, but I’ll be back next year with more on my 2015 plans!
Happy New Year!