Every decision to follow a dream involves a "coming out" moment of its own kind, where the dreamer reveals his intentions to his friends and family. On March 3, 2018, I made my plans known through Facebook. The content of that post is below.
Hi friends! So yes, I'm back on Facebook, and I have some news that I'm excited to share. Music has been a huge passion of mine for most of my life, and one that has been relegated to the status of a hobby for too long. I'm changing that.
I've done a lot of thinking over the past several years to try to understand myself better. As I've gotten older, I've started to think more about how short and precious life is. How we only get so long here, and how it can be over at any minute. When you get to your late 30s, you start to see friends going through some really scary shit, and it makes a man think.
So many times in my past, when I've been faced with the decision to follow my heart or to choose the safe option, I've chosen the safe option. Almost every time, actually.
But safe really isn't safe at all. In seeking security, I ended up living a life that left me discontented and lacking depth and meaning. A life well lived is more than just being able to pay your bills without checking the balance in your checking account first.
We've all heard statements like this before. I've even shared them and written about them myself. But when it comes to living them, its difficult. So what has changed for me?
In short, I looked at what my life would look like 5, 10, and 20 years down the road if I kept doing what I was doing. I didn't like what it looked like for my health or my happiness. I was overweight, drinking too much, and too busy with things that weren't important to pursue the things that were.
And then, one line of one book really hit me between the eyes. Who are you NOT to do it?
Music, and singing specifically, is a gift I was given. I didn't do anything to deserve to be able to sing, it just happened. But if I have a gift that can make an impact on the world, who am I not to use it. Why would I die with it inside of me?
So, I am making a change, and I'm putting it to use, and I'm doing it by my own rules. I've had great support from my wife and close friends, and some incredibly valuable conversations with the inimitable Jenn Bostic Ernst that have me more excited than I can possibly express.
So in the short term, here's what I'm up to. I'm building out a studio where I can write music and host co-writing sessions, and where I can rehearse daily in a private space outside of home. I'm working on writing music now and getting my voice back into shape.
Later this year, I'll go into a studio and record some of it. And along the way, I'll start looking for opportunities to play my original music in front of live audiences, which is what I love to do more than anything.
If you'd like to follow along and see how this goes for me, all I can ask for now is that you go to andrewschultz.com and subscribe with your email on the home page. There will be a lot to come, and that will be the best way to make sure you don't miss something that might be on Facebook.
And, what would be even more valuable to me at this point would be if you would go to https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jenn-bostic-revival-album-2018-tour and preorder Jenn's new album that she is releasing in April.
Help her make her release a smashing success. The more preorders she has, the better publicity she will get when her album releases, so go get it today. Her support has been incredible, and the best way I can think of to thank her is to ask all of you to get behind her new music! You won't be sorry!
Lastly, no, I'm not giving up my day job! I'm very fortunate to have the help of my great team at the office that gives me the ability to do this the way that I want to. Thanks a million times to Ashley Olson and Amy Tatge for everything they do!!!
Thanks for reading!