I noticed a few of my friends on Facebook sharing an article written by Kabir Sehgal in the Harvard Business Review titled "Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers." While reading it, I couldn't help but form a smile on my face. I felt understood and in a strange way, validated.
So much of my life has had to do with pursuing my creativity (music and YouTube) while working various jobs. My resume is filled with part-time work as a restaurant hostess, cashier, tutor, admin. assistant, radio VJ, etc. I've even worked other full-time jobs as a sales associate, and most recently, as a support associate at a software company for over a year. I learned a lot about various industries but they all involved people. You can imagine the types people I've been able to encounter through these chapters in my life -- so many amazing individuals who inspired me to work harder in the things I'm passionate about, along with not so amazing people who remind me the importance of being kind. At the end of the day, I have a huge heart for community and believe that there's always someone you can connect with no matter where you go if you're willing to try and hone the gift of listening first. I am fulfilled by the authentic relationships/friendships I form in this lifetime. But it isn't the only thing that fulfills me.
While holding these positions down, I've kept up with my own music and online presence. Though many times it became difficult to do so, it's been a marathon that I've actively made efforts to stay on the course of. Some moments, I hit the ground running, while in other instances, I moved at the pace of a tortoise. I've watched people go passed me, stay in front of me, and continue to accomplish some fantastic things in their careers wondering if I had become a fraud because music wasn't the only thing I could focus on. I'd be headed somewhere and life would change the course. I kept singing, though. Even when no one was listening.
Truth is, focusing solely on music was never my dream. Rather than praying for stardom, I prayed to God everyday to be married to a man of God who'd lead my family in a Christ-centered relationship, and He granted me that. I've also come to the realization that I've always loved being part of different organizations and clubs. In high school, I was singing in jazz band, playing on the tennis team, was in the percussion section for pep rallies (really just hanging out lol), running for leadership, preparing for mock trials, and acting in musicals. I was training for my future! Looking at my life now, it all makes sense.
I'm still a YouTuber -- posting content on my channel and I continue to perform, write music, and even have a performance this Wednesday evening for Flipside Atlanta. Earlier that same afternoon, I have my first booked photoshoot gig thanks to my Theatrical/Commercial agency, People Store. I just signed on as the new Sales and Marketing Director of Studio South Atlanta and will also be consulting social media strategies for other entities. These all come after my duties as a wife, mother (to my fur children), daughter, sister, and friend.
I AM LIVING. <3
At the end of this marathon of life, I don't know who will be there when I get to the finish line, but I have a confidence that I won't be alone. :)