I was actively seeking my next life/career adventure starting in October 2013 when I left my job of 10 years, as documented within this blog. Saved resources allowed me a full year (at most) to find the next stage of my career and life. At first I focused on improving my skills in the studio by taking a cinematic orchestration class for composers; then a ground-up retooling resulted in the setback of a new computer and the learning curve of all new, expensive professional software. Along came the DJI Phantom drone, then drone piloting and aerial cinematography got me out of the studio building my Aerial Demo Reels #1 and #2. At the time I was still searching for myself, trying to figure out how it was all going to come together, and wondering what was going to come next. The added expenses to tool up to professional levels shortened the time I had left to make a transition. Thankfully, nine (9) months after I started and in June 2014, I did indeed find my next adventure… and have been fully absorbed and engaged with that new adventure ever since! It’s still happening!
While my self-journey has been 32 years (since leaving home), it has taken me exactly three (3) years and five (5) months to actually figure out who I am (again), to learn myself well enough to articulate and exemplefy what I represent and what I stand for. However, while my whole life has prepared me for these moments, the past seven days of this new adventure pushed me over a tipping point. Until this past week, all the pieces weren’t in place for me to have recognized and reconciled with my new identity.
Until last week, I wouldn’t have been able to say this. Now I can confidently lay claim that I have achieved, within this past week, exactly what I set out to do when I left my previous position without first having found another job. Finding another job before I left the one I was in, back in 2013, was not an option. The only option was to jump! My train was headed off a missing bridge and down a 200 foot fall into the valley below, so I absolutely HAD to jump! If I didn’t jump, I would have ended up in the bottom of the ravine, bleeding, broken and dying. By jumping, I gave myself a future… and time to redefine what it was that made sense going forward as a career.
Back in 2013, and half-way into 2014, it was clear my time was being spent on “re-defining” “re-sculpting” and “refining” the skills I needed to survive in 21st-century Gen-X world. As it turns out, I’ve been re-sculpting and refining for exactly three (3) years and five (5) months to have finally arrived at what could be referred to as “having reached the next level.” To clarify, that’s 3 years and 5 months re-sculpting skills developed over 32 years… let’s not forget. Part of the lesson here is that eventually, if we hang in there long enough, make enough right choices, and actually, kinda, really try at living our lives… then you will eventually get somewhere. I am living proof the American Dream is still alive! In my case, music composition was only one of three interlinking pieces. My passion skills have always represented my three core competencies: Information Technology, Custom Sound and Music, and Original Content Creation.
The “next level” for me means that I’ve achieved an independent stability and am genuinely earning a living doing EVERYTHING I LOVE TO DO! It required all the persistence and perseverance in the world to get here, but it is NOT a coincidence that I’m in a position in my life where I can DO IT ALL. Specifically, that I can leverage ALL my PASSION SKILLS at ONE TIME… and get paid to play! I sincerely imagine the same would happen for you, but you’re going to have to work for it. It was not easy to carve out three distinct careers with professional-level competence. There is a success story in there to share with you, and I’m just barely getting started! Check out my updated website! I think it’s the most beautiful, professional website I’ve ever put together… and totally represents my Next Level in more ways than one.
It has always been my intention to use this blog as a platform of inspiration. Not to set an example of ego-dominated behavior, but to set an example of conscious living. To share how vital self-analysis is, and how vital reading books is, and that all the answers we seek to understand our relationship to God, Source, or the Universe (or whatever you prefer to call it) is available to each of us… IF we actively seek it! I would even go so far as to say all the answers you seek exist outside of religion; the world and everything around us contains the answers and a path towards higher consciousness. The answers are not bound to just a single book or a single faith. I started on a journey 32 years ago that would have been impossible to traverse without having made a LOT of changes to myself from within, and without having read a LOT of philosophy and life improvement books. I’ve shed my fears and anxieties, and dispelled my anger and reactivity… and have instead filled my heart with love, passion, joy, pride and commitment to constant improvement.
I believe I’ve reached The Next Level, and I look forward to sharing more experience on these pages going forward. I couldn’t be more excited about where I’ve arrived. Also, I wouldn’t have been able to get here without the support of my loving wife… and I would be remiss to neglect mentioning that.