Practice, suck, and repeat

All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. — Seán O’Casey

Everything you’ve heard is true. There are no secrets. There are no shortcuts. In order to become successful in life, you must work hard and practice, practice, practice.

I’ve been pursuing a career in music since college, and though I began my quest with unbridled enthusiasm and youthful determination, my creative energy has progressively waned in recent years with the lack of any concrete, exciting developments to further propel this dream. Sure, I had some moments here and there over the past few years, but nothing ever consistent enough to signify that I had made the “jump” — whatever that really means.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. — Seneca

Many opportunities were lost or wasted on due part to me being unprepared for said chances to showcase what I can do. It’s been a frustrating cycle of creating art, not being satisfied with it, scrapping it to start anew, and running through the never-ending process all over again. I’m sure many artists and songwriters have gone through similar periods in their creative lives. Because of this, my creative output to the public has remained stagnant.

Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives, and then all of a sudden, they’ll become Nirvana. — Dave Grohl

This year, I plan to suck big time! My goals for this year are to:

  1. Maintain a consistent fitness and diet routine for the entire year.
  2. Start a weekly blog.
  3. Do a weekly photo shoot.
  4. Write and record a song every week.
  5. Post a weekly vlog.

Through all the sucking, I will be practicing fearlessly and consistently for the entire year, and ultimately by the end of 2016, I hope to be much better in all five areas.

Because at the end of the day, that’s truly the only way to really improve. No secrets, no shortcuts; just practice.