November 06, 2012
Coffee Talk ~ Chantilly, Inc.
Before I say anything, I just want to give you a little public service announcement: please remember to vote today!! It's really super important.
Anyway... onto the post. A few weeks ago, I read this post by Kaelah, and she talked about a few business books that inspired her. I decided that Creative, Inc. sounded like a fun choice, and promptly ordered it from Amazon. Then when I received my book, I found myself a cozy corner in the little coffee shop/ candy store that I blogged about last week, and had myself skim through.
Truth be told, it intimidated me just a bit.
See, I'm a person that's had many, many jobs over the years. And I've been frustrated over my inability to ever find fulfillment in any of them. So It's been my dream to be a work-from-home creative. This year, that's mostly manifesting in teaching music lessons (which I do really enjoy!) However, I don't really get enough students- which I was hoping to find a bit of help with in this book (I didn't... there wasn't any music-speciic advice in this book, which maybe I should've known.)
But for the bigger picture- I've been thinking about myself as a brand for a long time now. I always figured that after awhile, I'd branch out. I've pondered the different ways to market my various skills. I've thought about all the directions I could take my talents, and how many avenues I could pursue as a creative individual. But now I'm thinking that this is a mistake.
This book got me to thinking.... and it made me think that if you are too many different things, if you have too much to offer, people get confused. It seems like most people interviewed in this book fell into one career path, had one skill, and did it really well.
So I can be a writer, photographer, designer, musician, blogger... but it's hard to present that in a way which makes sense and comes together tidily in people's brains. I feel like everyone would just be more comfortable if I presented a package that said "Chantilly: Singer-songwriter." "Chantilly: Music instructor." "Chantilly: Blogger." But I don't feel like that at all. There are too many things to get excited about in this world.
I guess I'm confused and a little excited about all the different options out there. But I'm (still) fuzzy on where my path is headed.
Any thoughts? Are you, too confused out there in the world?
PS, come see me perform this Sunday at the Tinderbox Music Festival!! Webster Hall in NYC, CocoRosie headlining. Buy tix here. xx
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