Not everyone is fortunate enough to make a living doing what they love, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be something worth striving for. In fact, I believe that doing what you love or what makes you happy should be at the basis of everything you do in life. No matter how scary this sounds, you can always worry about the money part later!
I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by loving, supportive people that encourage me to reach for the stars to pursue my dreams. Music isn’t always the most stable or foreseeing choice as a career to get into, but it is so fulfilling and amazing.
I’ve always been involved with music for as long as I can remember. When I was just a little girl, I would practice playing my Grandma’s organ for hours on end, teaching myself from the “Christmas Classics” sheet music we had stashed inside the bench.
Then, in 3rd grade we were allowed to pick an instrument to play in either the band or orchestra through the school. They had a room in the basement all set up with different sorts of instruments (all of them I assume).
As soon as I walked into that room, I knew I was supposed to do something with music in my life. I was so excited for this moment where I could test them out and I can distinctly remember being so torn between the flute and violin, so I definitely wanted to try those ones first.
Unfortunately, the teachers running it were kind of in a hurry (Or maybe bored) and I chose to test the violin first. Well, since I was able to hold it correctly and produce a sound (probably horrid at the time), I was just stuck with that. They didn’t even let me try any others. So I left, just accepting that I would play the violin.
I played violin in an orchestra all through elementary, middle and some of high school. I even traveled abroad to a bunch of different cities in Europe through Blue Lake International.
For those of you who don’t know, Blue Lake is this super amazing camp in Michigan for all things music and arts. It’s literally better than the Disney movie Camp Rock (and I secretly love that movie)… but more on Blue Lake in a separate post.
So basically after the violin, I received an acoustic guitar for Christmas while in middle school, and that became my new obsession. I would look up chords for songs and print them all out; I had probably hundreds in a binder. A few talent show performances later, and then I was in high school.
I absolutely loved high school. I met my life long friends during that time, and I have some of the best memories. I joined a band called The Guardians during the second half of freshman year, and the rest is history. Of course, we’re not called The Guardians anymore though! Yes, you read that right. One of the first stages of Fairview was called The Guardians!
Now that we’ve briefly covered my entire musical life, let’s get back to the point. I know deep down that music is apart of me and that it’s something I absolutely love. So why not try to turn that into my career so that I can continue to enjoy doing it?
Take your own passions and ask yourself the same question. Life’s too short to not do the things you love.