Greetings from Los Angeles!
wooohoooo living the dream!! my cozy room in Alhambra. on bed: cwddles the dog and pwandy jr. and sr.
I can’t believe it’s only been three weeks since I made the big move to LA. It already feels like another life to me. But that’s a good thing, because, well…
Being a musician is the best.
Seriously. You get to create your own schedule, write songs, play shows, see live music on a weekly basis, hang out with other musicians, and write with amazing songwriters (not yet, but hopefully in the coming weeks).
My typical day looks like this:
Morning: It’s all about those 10,000 hours of practice. I start the day off with prayer and reflection, then do a series of guitar drills and vocal exercises, followed by rehearsal of original songs and covers.
Afternoon: I head over to the gym to clear my head and stay healthy. Afterwards, I write for 1-2 hours and do some work for my parents’ clinic (I use a service called LogMeIn that allows me to work remotely).
Evening: Here’s where it gets really exciting. Not only are all of my songwriting classes in the evenings, but there’s just so much going on in LA! Just this week, I attended an open forum on self-marketing hosted by the school I’m taking classes at, The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, went to my first class at the school, and played at a songwriters’ competition hosted by the West Coast Songwriters organization. Of course, I can’t (and shouldn’t) be going out every night — I also spend evenings working on songs and logging more hours of work for my parents.
(oh and I eat too, don’t worry!)
the flyer for the songwriters’ competition — there’s me in the middle!
It’s been crazy but incredibly fun and, most importantly, fulfilling. I haven’t been this inspired and energized in a long time. After so much time spent living in fear and trying to fit a predetermined career path, I realize that there is a deep truth in following one’s passion. I am so blessed to be able to live this life of music, and I genuinely hope that you find the same sense of fulfillment in your own life. Your dream is out there; go chase it :)