GETTING FROM THERE TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE
I am an indie artist/mom/pastor's wife/worship leader/vocal coach. Ya, that's a few hats. I appreciate variety. I don't need to tell you how confusing and draining it all can be. But as I look back at where I was about two years ago and recognize where I am right now, I would say that right now I am more focused than I have ever been. Ya, I have had a few health bumps, but overall there is a sustaining energy that motivates me to stay on target every day.
It wasn't always like this. I've spent years spinning my wheels, doing what I believed I should be doing. But the day came when I saw that all my efforts were leading me to nowhere. That is when I knew I needed to change something if I wanted to see change happen.
I know I am not the only person on the planet who has been in that place. It is a really hard place to be. But there is a way out of it. You may not take the exact same steps as me, but I want to share my steps to help you think about your own course you are on and how you might make some changes to redirect your own path.
Here were the steps I took:
Cut out some things in my life that were draining me of my time and energy. I could be spending that time working on what I really want to work on, songwriting. Songwriting with the purpose of making a living off of the songs. I have four kids to put through college!
I hired a songwriting mentor. That was a fantastic investment. I learned to recognize my own weaknesses and strengths as a writer, and I discovered some new tools for my tool kit as a songwriter. My mentor was Stephen Duncan from Next Level Songs in Nashville. He was amazing, and the best advice I received from him: "Narrow your aim and you'll start hitting the target." That simple phrase was a life changer. It could apply to any area of focus. For me, I wanted to write songs. Now, as a discipline, I write 1-2 songs every day. Then they sit and gather dust, until I eventually delete them into oblivion. But what I really wanted was to write songs for a living, to see some leaves growing off the tree, if you know what I mean. I knew I needed to change something I was doing or else I was going to have to live with a barren tree. Not pretty.
A bigger step. I started working with Bree Noble. 11 years ago, I met Bree Noble , an indie artist who came to my church to share her music and story with our ladies. Fast forward 10 years. Bree has an award winning podcast on iTunes, called Women of Substance Radio. One year ago, she launched an Academy for Female Musicians.
THAT WAS THE GAME CHANGER...
While working with Bree, things started moving at warp speed. Bree introduced me to Michelle Lockey and I joined her "Writing for Film and TV" course.
Michelle's course introduced me to April Kelly. I topple out of my chair when I hear her sing. Michelle's class also introduced me to Cathy Heller of Catch the Moon Music.
April introduced me to Jon Ciorciari (aka Jonny Rod) who is an amazing talent in every capacity and a fantastic producer.
I get in on another class. Cathy Heller offers a "Six Figure Songwriting Class" This class offered me the opportunity to collaborate with Michelle, April and Jon. I'm still in this class, it is a one year program, but in the first two months I am already seeing that it works!
THE CONSEQUENCE OF TAKING ACTION:
My first song collaboration with April and Jon just got a publishing deal with "Catch The Moon". "Invincible" will be pitched to ads and film/tv by their top notch people.
I am also seeing the results from taking Michelle Lockey's class. I am in a duo with Jackson Jackson called Last August, and a boutique publisher that is very selective and gets high end placements in film and tv just accepted our song "King of Deception" as well as signed my rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful".
Now I find myself collaborating with top notch people around the world, who are like-minded in our work ethics and are just fantastic people to meet and work with We are all being taught by the same teacher, Cathy. Cathy has launched a class with a community of amazing people and I feel so very blessed to get to work with many of them.
I wanted to share this to encourage you. You might be stuck in a career path or a life choice and you wish you could find a way out. There is always a way out. But it will mean you need to sacrifice something you have been doing. It will mean you need to let go of things in order to have open hands so you can receive the new things coming your way.
Wishing you and yours the very best! Many blessings,