That one time when I opened for my favorite musician...
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A year ago, I got wine drunk and bought a bunch of concert tickets on a whim so I could follow my favorite musician and his band on tour across the country for 10 days. I had no expectations; I was simply hoping to find some inspiration. To the naked ear, it sounds a smidge stalkerish, but I just wanted to learn from the best. Every successful musician, author, actor, entrepreneur, etc., has learned from the paths of people they admire. Besides, what better way to decide if a job is for you than to experience it first-hand? (PS, anyone know where someone can return an expensive college degree he/she earned due to the fear of chasing a riskier career he/she actually wanted five years ago and still wants? Asking for a friend...)
Two weeks ago, all thanks to that road trip, I was honored to open for Eric Hutchinson, the aforementioned musician, at my favorite venue in my hometown. At any given time, you can probably find me staring blankly, trying to process that sentence. It's definitely not my "big break," but it was the single-most pivotal moment for myself as a musically-driven human. Follow ur dreams, kidz.
Here's the quote that has been inspiring me to take risks for the last eight years:
"First do what's necessary, then do what's possible. Suddenly, you're doing the impossible." -St. Francis of Assisi
Now I'm sitting here (staring blankly, processing the gig that happened two weeks ago) asking myself, "what's next?"
One thing is for certain: I'm chasing the right career.
Here are some photos from the show on August 18th. Photo credit: Rachel Kraft & Devin Graf.