As people around me know, I am working on a career change. Specifically, I don't want to be a freelance drummer anymore, nor am I adverse to the idea of a job that is entirely unrelated to music.
I've decided it would be a good idea to share the thinking that has lead me to this conclusion, and for 3 reasons:
1. Most of the people who read this blog are my friends and/or family, and perhaps might be surprised to learn that I have made this decision. I am not always the best at explaining my reasoning in person, especially if there is a limited time frame in which to do so, and so I hope my writing here will provide the necessary information for anyone interested.
2. We are all very career-conscious nowadays. The search for fulfilling work is one of the major struggles of people in the western world. I hope that the reflections I have on my career may be of interest to anyone who thinks about their own, regardless of whether it is music related or not.
3. Whilst I have zero intention of influencing anyone else into moving away from this particular career path who is not already considering doing so, I cannot help but think that there must be others within my network who are considering it, but might be afraid (as I myself have been). I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this decision and it has taken me a long time to come to terms with it. So it is possible that the thoughts I have had could be of comfort and encouragement to anyone else teetering on making such a move.
Some of what I will write may be a little controversial, and I am aware that many of the people that read this are musicians themselves.
Therefore it is important that I stress that what I am writing is not career advice. This is simply a record of my thoughts with regards to what I think I, Adam Millest should do, and NOT what we all should do.
As Alain de Botton puts it, much of my writing is based on the data collected from my own one-man laboratory i.e. my own life.
If what I share is of value to you, then great. If you think it is a load of rubbish, I won't argue with you.