Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ambition is fairly important I think. Everyone has ambition to some degree. Imagine if you didn’t.

What was your first job? Hungry Jack’s? If you had no ambition you’d still be really happy delivering Domino’s pizzas and living with your parents at age 35. I don’t know too many people like that. So why is it that a lot of people start a band or start making music or deejaying or whatever, without any real goals in their mind?

When you got your first gig at the Ed Castle hotel, did you ask yourself afterwards “What do I want out of this?” Fair enough to be happy only going that far. You’ve probably got more important things going on, like a real job or a degree to finish. But some people work a dead end job to fund their glamorous lifestyle of playing guitar in a rock n roll band. Do they ever think whether the sacrifices they’re making are gonna pay off? Or is it like retiring from the SANFL due to injury at age 29 and it suddenly dawning on you that you have no real world skills, no money and no prospects. Pretty heavy huh?

About as heavy as being the same age and thinking back to the highlight of your musical career when you got that gig in Melbourne and there was that dude from that record label there who left halfway through the set. I’m just trying to say that if you want to dedicate a large amount of your valuable time to something, you should probably work out what you want to get out of it and realistically assess how you’re going to go about achieving those goals.

There are a lot of people in the world that spent 20 years playing music and don’t really have anything to show for it. And who knows, if you plan for something, you might even be able to make it happen.

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