Hi folks! Things have been busy here in the studio, I have so many ideas and topics I want to share with you… all in good time, right?! Sometimes I have something on my mind and it sits there and begs to be written about and shared (aka stealing focus away from other tasks)…. and the past few weeks it’s been this great musician, Sam Bradley.
Why has Sam been on my mind? He recently released his highly anticipated third EP, Not Your Kind; and it’s been playing non-stop in the studio (and my mind). It is a five track, beautifully recorded and produced collection of heart felt music, with a touch of banjo. (I love me some banjo). The ladies over at Shack of Soul hit the nail on the head in their review (which is hilarious): “This EP is the closest I have ever come to feeling like I am listening to him live.” And seeing Sam live is quite the treat. I finally saw him live last September and I was amazed with his ability to capture the crowd and stay connected with them the entire set. His presence on stage and sound live is something you need to experience to understand why his fans are so devoted. The set was by far way to short, I could have listened to Sam sing, tell stories and engage the crowd the entire night. He is currently touring the UK in support of Not Your Kind; I hope he plans on touring the US again soon (hint, hint). Take a minute to check out Sam Bradley, you won’t be disappointed!
Doesn’t running your own business sound wonderful and easy? You make your own hours, use your passion as your guide, you don’t have to answer to any one, and best of all work in your pajamas.
That’s the bright side, and sometimes looking at the bright side blinds you to the whole picture. Running a business isn’t about your product, your talent or even your clients; it is a road to self-discovery that can often be daunting, troublesome and truly eye opening. You start out knowing your strengths and quickly realize your weaknesses and how they often out weigh your strengths. Learning to overcome and work around those weaknesses becomes just as important as refining your creative skills.
You have to search your whole self for answers to questions you never considered when “my own business” was just a passion and a dream. Now that you are running that creative business you need to know not only why you create and for whom, you have to have a constant analysis of what is working and what isn’t, what trends are blooming and which fading, where you are making an impact and what avenues to leave to have a more focused approach. You are every department head and underling that big corporations have; except it is just you in your cute little jammers. (and third cup of coffee)
But every day you show up. You show up whether you have an idea or not, and you work, and try and try again, and keep plugging away. It isn’t easy. It isn’t always wonderful, but to be able to say you run your own business based on your passion, now that is something.
“So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” – Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Yup. What he said.