Friday, 24 June 2016

Make Something Of It

Have you ever discovered you could do something and wanted to make something of it? 

Drawing, singing, photography, whatever it is, you discover you can do something or that you have a passion for something and you want to make something of it. 

You want to make something of yourself using it. 

This fire for making something out of a talent lays dormant in me when it comes to performing.

For as long as I can remember I wanted to perform. It occurred to me quite early on that it was more than just a hobby, it was something that actually made me feel alive..made me feel like I had a purpose. 

It's only as you get older that you begin to realise the harsh reality of how insanely difficult it is to translate an artistic talent into something that can provide a lifestyle for you. 

Usually the reality check comes from a careers advisor that you encounter as a teenager who "advises" you on "how hard it is to make it in the arts industry and it would be much better and much more secure to follow a different path."

But to me it never made logical sense to follow a path that you didn't want to walk. 

If you don't like the taste of fish you aren't going to order it at a restaurant just because everyone else is and it's easier to just go with the crowd than order something you like and will truly enjoy. 

The problem is though, so many people view success in the arts industry as fame or becoming famous. 

That is so wrong. 

When it comes to the arts, success is extremely hard to define. In fact in my opinion it is entirely subjective and down to the individual on what success is. 

For me, I have never really aspired to be famous, it's not an end goal of mine. 

If I ever did something that had the end result of fame then I guess I would just have to deal with it.

But in all honesty I'm not setting out to acheive that, 

All I have ever wanted is to use my gift in order to provide not only for myself but for my loved ones.

If I can do that then I can leave this earth knowing I have succeeded. Knowing I walked the path I wanted to and knowing that my careers advisor was wrog. 

That measure of success might not be for everyone and that is what I mean when I say it is entirely subjective. That is just how I will measure my success. 

But so many people view others chasing a career in the arts as a pursuit for fame.

It isn't. It's a pursuit to express a feeling that lays tormented unless it is let out. 


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

One Day In New York City

It's a little known fact that New York is one of my favourite places in the world. 

I have travelled all over the place in the past year and this city still remains one of my all time favourite places.

It holds extremely special memories for me. 

I spent my twenty-first birthday in this city.

If I had a hell of a lot of money I would live here.

The city has encapsulated my heart.

And on my latest adventure around the globe I have been blessed to spend one day in New York before heading over to the UK via Canada and Iceland.

Now.... I have done pretty much all the big touristy things there are to do in New York, so it occured to me that I needed to do something different, something unique, something special. Especially if I'm only here for one day.

So. Here it is. 

On board the ship one of the many activities that I help host is journal making. Within the duration of my time on board this ship, as you can imagine, I have made countless journals. But this time I have decided to do something special with my latest creation. 

I may never see this book ever again. But here's hoping that it reaches the hands of a creative individual with a story to tell.