I'm talking about all of you pursuing a career in the arts. Lets start with all of you songwriters. I've been to those meetings at NSAI. I wasn't being critiqued (Thank you GOD!!!) but, my husband with a much harder shell was. How do you songwriters let people tear apart what has come from your very soul and keep on writing.
Or singers. (I've been there) How many 'NOs' do you have to get or hear before you say. The hell with this. I'm doing something else. Actors??? Do I even have to start with all of you?
Let's face it, if it was any other job or career you all probably would've turned your back a long long time ago. So, why do we all hang out?
Well, Steve Jobs, who was so wise beyond his years in so many ways had this to say about people like us. He was talking more on the lines of business but, in this case, it's all the same. He said (I'm paraphrasing but still using quotation marks) "The people that keep going back after rejection and rejection are either insane or they have so much passion for what they are pursuing" (Point being- why would you keep going back if you didn't love it?)
Now, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume that the bulk of you are sane. Maybe quirky and a bit neurotic haha (I really don't know) but sane. Well, then, that leaves only one answer. You truly believe this is where you belong and you absolutely love it.
Last Saturday night, we went out to 'Pucketts', in Franklin. We have seen some of the greatest songwriters in the world there and last weekend was no different. Most of the time I haven't ever heard of any of them until they start rattling off the long list of songs they have written for so many stars. Then I'm like "OMG...you've written so many of my favorite songs" and I feel as though they've been with me all my life somehow. (Okay, maybe I'm the only quirky one?)
This past weekend we saw John Ford Coley. Do you remember him? I do...I was very young but I remember him. We also saw Byron Hill, who has written for everyone it seems. And, we saw a woman named Roxie Dean. She wrote a hit song for Jamie O'Neal. She's also written for such people as Leeann Womack.
She was telling us about a song she wrote that was sort of a metaphor for the way she feels about her work and her life sometimes. I guess being a songwriter even on that level where you've "made it" can be heart wrenching at times. And what about all the years before singers like Leeann Womack were singing her music? That must've been really hard because her music and words are as good as music and words get.
I'm sure she and every other writer like her cursed the business more than once. But the ones who love it, always find their way back. So, (Yes, I know I'm rambling again) she wrote this song 'Sandcastles' and it made my eyes fill with tears. It's about someone who lives in a sandcastle on the beach and falls apart each time the tide washes it away. But, instead of leaving and living some place more practical, the person rebuilds over and over because she loves the ocean and living on the beach.
It reminded me of the people I work with that are struggling so hard just to get one step further than they are. It reminded me of me when I have days that I spend wondering why I am here pursuing this kind of business when my family is so far away and yet, why I just can't walk away?
Anyway, here are the words to the chorus. And if you are one of those people in this for the long haul because you want to be successful in this industry in spite of all of the "Almosts", the "Maybes" that don't pan out and the plain old "No's". I hope it reminds you that you are doing it for something you love and are passionate about. There is something amazing in being able to feel that kind of passion because many people don't...EVER (Or you are just totally bonkers?!?!)
Sandcastles~ words & music by Roxie Dean
And I weep when the waves come crashing in
I am the one who curses the moon the brings the tide
But I love the place I live
So I grab my pail and build it back again"
This is from her CD Ms. America I couldn't find a website but I did find the CD on 'Amazon' It's great. The upbeat songs are fun and clever and the ballads...Well, they are everything ballads should be.