Elsie and I were doing some thrifting today, and had an interesting conversation. It appears that both of us get emails regularly from people wanting to know the answer to one question- "How did you get where you are today?". For this blog post, I will ignore the fact that it feels a little bit arrogant for me to even answer the question, and I will answer it. I'll try to keep it simple.
1. I don't believe in getting your "One Big Break". You have to put yourself into positions where you can get one of the ten thousand "Little Breaks" that you need to move forward.
2. I don't care what you say, most everything is a "Little Break". No single opportunity has ever panned out to be much more than a small stepping stone in my career- including TV and film placements.
3. I've done TONS and tons of free work for people to build up my resume. I spent years of my life working for free, and now I am getting paid.
4. I have friends that are more famous than me, and I'm not talking about people I made friends with to get an opportunity. I made real genuine friendships with people that I respected.
5. I developed a skill that not a whole lot of people can do- I write, record, and perform string arrangements by myself. This has taken me years of my life, and I will continue working on this for the rest of my life.
That's it. It's near impossible for anyone to say they have become "the best" in their field, but it's a reasonable goal to be the "hardest working" in your field.
Thanks for reading.