My Current Career

I haven’t talked much about my career. I’ve got a pretty good theory as to why this is. When I was in software, piddling unfulfilled in a cubicle all day, I had plenty to complain about. Now I don’t have time to complain because I’m busy doing the work that I absolutely love.

What do I do? I’m a youth minister. I’m entrusted with entertaining, enlightening, and listening to high-school aged teenagers.

A large part of my work play is marketing (which I really love in the small-scale sense that I do it).

An even bigger chunk is learning (learning about stuff I love – theology, history, and the ministry of Christ).

And the most fun I get to have is the time I get to mentor, teach, speak, sing, hang out, and talk with the young people. There’s so much they can teach me about life and how I don’t have to get old.

…but wait, there’s more

I’ve just recently decided that I’m being strongly called to being a guest speaker/musician/singer/storyteller (I’ve got to get a shorter name for it – comment if you’ve got something). The idea is that I’ll come share my stories, insights, and music with participants at youth rallies, retreats, conferences, etc.. This sort of thing really excites me. I’ve been in youth ministry (in some form) for the past 6 years (I’m 27), and I’ve been playing liturgical music for the past 15 years. I’ve taught executive training courses, middle school, and elementary school.

The trouble is, I don’t really know how to get started. The first gig is always the toughest to get “well where have you done this before?” One lucky part is that I have a captive audience of teenagers that are very supportive of me. Teenagers are honest. They also have very little tolerance for mediocrity.

Here I go again into uncharted waters…

Day 35 of 48

Last week, I finally finished 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. The rest of the 48 days are dedicated to getting my music composition business off the ground. I’ve identified my strengths, weaknesses and passion core. I’ve learned what needs to be done to be successful.

There are two basic paths that the book may lead you on. The first is finding a job. I have a substantial amount of evidence that says this isn’t the proper path for me. The second is how to create a business out of what you really love doing.

The latter path suggests taking on your business as a sideline until it replaces your regular income. That is the plan. What I don’t think I can handle is the scenario where I’m not ready to exclusively run the business but my ‘day job’ ceases to exist. For now, I’m taking one step at a time.

I’m running in parallel on four types of music projects right now:

  • I’ve always been interested in writing video game music. I’ve got a sample I wrote for a prospective game developer at http://typica.cyefi.com.
  • I worked on a dance-inspired electronica project a few years ago called Rain Pilot. I’m interested in reviving that if there are people interested in hearing it. Some of the old stuff has been published at http://rainpilot.cyefi.com.
  • Since I’ve got children now, I’ve been inspired to work on some children’s electronica so my girls can listen to dad’s music while they sleep. The start of this project is at http://unclewidget.cyefi.com.
  • My main project is trooperseven. This is dance-rock that I’m planning to take to stage. I’d like to hear this stuff on independent films, college radio stations, advertisements, and the like. I publish unfinished and unpolished demos at http://trooperseven.com.

I’m excited about these changes, and thankful for having stumbled across Dan’s Book. Pick up a copy today.

Day 18 of 48

trooperseven.com
Over the weekend, while working on my daily draft (four lines of text to music each day) I managed to finish up the composition stage on one song. This happened to be a song I really enjoy, and I was able to get it into a rough demo. Today, I spent a lot of time getting my music website looking and functioning the way I want it to. Now, I launch it. This is the first publicity I’ve done for trooperseven. I hope you enjoy it. If you’re in the Columbia, SC area you’ll have the opportunity to catch a live show in January. Otherwise, maybe you’ll hear one of my songs on a tv show or something.

trooperseven.com

Day 10 of 48

Sometimes the news that hits you like a ton of bricks is actually what you expected all along. I can’t really explain any more than that, but today, Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love has me recreate my resumé. This is probably the oddest resumé I’ve ever created, but maybe that’s been my problem. I’ve shaded out details I think are better left private, but what’s your feedback? Would you hire me to be your composition master? I’ve got some work yet to do, but here’s a glance:

My Resumé

iBook Returns With No Change

I received a call from Visual Graphics and went to pick up my iBook with a replacement drive the day before my warranty expires. Of course, like the car that won’t clunk for the mechanic, she wouldn’t give in to their poking and prodding and they determined that the drive was fine. The night before I brought it in, it wouldn’t stay powered for more than 10 minutes.

I guess if we weren’t SITCOMs then I’d be a lot more comfy with the situation. I’d work with it until it broke and then just run out and get a new PowerBook. They’re coming out today, right? Hah (that’s the rumor anyway).

Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury, so I’ll just be very gentle with Miss iBook and pray that she remains healthy.

I’ve also become pretty excited about performing some solo stuff on stage, but until I can get together the resources to perform effectively (read: money for synth) I’ll restrict myself to writing the stuff I’ll perform.

Delays…

Yeah, so I promised a big announcement and can’t deliver today. Sorry. We’ll do it Monday instead. Work is busy and you know how everything else is going. Stay tuned…

Thursday Bits, Stay Tuned

I feel like most of my day so far has been spent switching between one context and the next. Somehow the iBook has come back to life. If you’re wondering why this is a bad thing, I’m about 100.1% confident that this hard drive is on its way out and I’d much rather it go in the next 6 days while the thing is still under warranty. I did make an image of the entire drive in preparation.

I’m making significant progress on my daily activities. I think that while it might be temporarily adding a near-unhealthy urgency to everything I’m doing, in the end it’s only going to make my goals more achievable.

Since I’m limited on time, I just want to make sure that anyone reading from the Columbia area is going to want to check in with space-age wasteland tomorrow morning for a big announcement.