Over the past year or so I’ve noticed a restlessness about myself. Wanderlust. I love Nashville; I’ve been here for over six years. It’s been good to me. Yet lately I’ve been wanting to travel. Ok, frankly, I’ve been wanting to move.
Then a slight shift happened. I started doing… this. Writing. Sharing. Being a “content creator.” And I found that the urge to set up shop somewhere else wasn’t screaming quite so loudly in my head. Why?
Well, for one thing, I can do this anywhere. (So why not here?) However, I think it comes down to something a little more primal.
MY DESIRE TO BE ELSEWHERE IS LESSENED WHEN MY FOCUS IS ON BUILDING SOMETHING RATHER THAN PURSUING SOMETHING.
Several years ago, when we were growing the Nashville Underground podcast and subsequent artist management company, I didn’t have a desire to leave. (Have offices in Nashville, New York and LA, maybe, but not uproot my life.) Was I trying to get hired by a management company? No. We built one. Later, when my focus turned to pursuing acting and writing on a much higher level, I thought I need to be exactly where that happened. Which is to say, not here.
But of late, I’ve been slightly more at peace. I’m still pursuing acting and writing at a much higher level – in fact, it’s still my main focus (by a long shot). So will I outgrow Nashville? Probably (well… yes, I will). And do I still have the desire to see, experience, and even live other places? Absolutely. But that desire hasn’t been burning in my head like the worst case of F.O.M.O. ever. Instead, I’ve been wanting to build something that will allow me to go somewhere.
I like encouraging people to just fucking do it. If you feel as though you need to be somewhere else, go. If you feel you need to do something else, start now. But take a step back and think: “Is there a way I can build my way towards my goal? Is there something I can create, share, sell, provide that will allow me the freedom of choice?”
Money = choices. I know, I know, easier said than done. However, the thing you make doesn’t necessarily have to be lucrative in and of itself. It could be an online portfolio that a future employer finds. It could be a video series of cover songs that gets you a publishing deal. It could be a blog that gets you a writing job or book deal (hint, hint).
There are plenty of get-rich-quick schemes out there that want to sell you advice on how to do this. Don’t fall for them. You can do it. There is always a way to make a thing you love from right where you are, as long as you have passion, determination and maybe just a little luck.