The Childhood Dream
Why did I want to be a composer?
Two words: “Star Wars.”
I was too young to remember when it first came out, but I loved the Star Wars films as a kid. When I got older and learned that John Williams wrote the music. and that writing music for film was actually a profession, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
I wanted to be John Williams.
I joined the band, learned to play trumpet. Went to college. Got my music degree. When to graduate school. Studied composition. Then moved to L.A. in 2001 in pursuit of my dream.
The Dream Dies
But as it often does, life happens. You’re thrust into the “real world” where things don’t come as easily as you’d imagined. Rent comes due. The car needs gas. You’re hungry.
And the dream you so longed for begins to recede further and further into the nebulous mist, until one day out of frustration you finally give up.
Which is exactly what I did.
Life Takes A Detour
Fortunately, however, that’s not the end of the story. You see, in that moment of failure, when I finally decided to give up on music “for good”, I decided to “get rich” by going into business and marketing.
Even though my reasons for pursuing business were less than pure, and certainly not born of authenticity, I did learn a tremendous amount about what it takes to be successful. I began learning about the kind of mindset, knowledge, skills, and habits one must have to succeed at anything.
As it turns out, I never was successful in my business pursuits. They weren’t born of authenticity, so I subconsciously sabotaged myself. But what I was successful at was learning the principles behind success so I could be successful at pursuing my true authentic path.
The Dream Is Reborn
In the fall of 2009, an amazing thing happened:
Within a period of about two weeks, three different friends of mine (who don’t know each other and who live in different parts of the world) independently told me I was meant to be a composer.
If something happens once, it’s easy to ignore. If it happens twice, you can chalk it up to coincidence. But if it happens three times, the Universe is trying to tell you something.
Fortunately, I was ready to listen. My life purpose is to create music. I know it in my bones. I feel it in every cell of my body. When I compose, it just feels right.
Of course, there are still challenges. Bills still need to be paid. I still need to eat.
But there is no challenge that is insurmountable, especially when it comes to pursuing your dream. I’ve learned to focus on what I have instead of what I don’t.
The Universe (or “God”, or however you choose describe It) gives you everything you need to move forward with your life purpose. You just have to take it one step at a time.
Today, I am on purpose and on mission in pursuing my lifelong dream of being a professional composer. I love what I do. I love my life. I’m grateful for every opportunity that comes my way. And I’m looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.
If you’d like to explore the possibility of working together, contact me and let’s talk. I’d love to hear about what you’re working on!