Take the Gig...
I was recently going through some older notes on my iPhone and stumbled across this. I read it top to bottom with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.
Its especially prescient with Outta The Park about to go to radio.
I’m really glad I took the gig – dreams tend to come true that way.
In many ways my career has been sustained by the motto adorning the title of this blog.
I “lied” my way into bands. I talked my way into making clients believe I had years of experience in contracting at a young age. Now I’m producing a podcast….
Don’t get me wrong. I practiced the drums incessantly to make up for starting later in life. While many of my students’ parents complain about their children’s bum print in the carpet next to the Play Station, mine were limiting my practice time to a paltry 5 hours a day.
When it came time to audition for a band, the hours I had practiced amounted to way more than the 6 months I had been behind the kit.
I got the gig.
As for point number 2, I had been involved in contracting since age 10, so my work spoke larger volumes than my age. The first job I sold amounted to $75,000 worth of work. I was 19.
Now I find myself here.
On a Sunday evening, one of my close friends, Barry Davis, texted me to ask how one would go about starting a podcast. We had talked on the way to band rehearsals about how it could be a way to stay connected with his 40+ thousand Twitter followers, now that his time with Sportsnet had come to an end.
I answered Barry’s question how I usually do; I said yes. I took the gig and, immediately, went right to Google to search how to start a podcast.
We set to work. Thankfully, a number of Barry’s Twitter followers offered their services to help get things off the ground. They also took the gig and worried about how to do it later…
Now we’re here. Two episodes in and currently working on our third. We’re lining up interviews, crafting video promo and making intros and extros.
I’ve spent the last few weeks learning on the fly. Terms like “wraparounds” and “bumper music” were all alien to me a few weeks back. All of these things I have absolutely no experience with, but because I said yes, I’ve had to learn quickly.
Don’t get wrong. I’ve failed as much as I’ve succeeded but I’ve always strived to produce the highest quality possible when I set to my mind to something.
You want proof? Search the site athairmusic.com. It’s all me. The lyrics, the instrumentals, the image, the branding. I’ve always had a love for hip-hop. I was that closet white-boy rapper.
2.5 years ago I decided I would release an album. The video and music contained on my site are the fruits of my labour.
So, what can I take away from 3 weeks of producing a podcast?
I said yes and am figuring it out as I go.
So far it hasn’t steered me wrong.
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