As a composer, one of the steps in the creative process that I often find mentally difficult to grapple with ...
I think I was around 11 or 12 years of age when I told my parents I wanted to be a musician when I grew up. I didn’t say it with that casual/dreamy tone kids reveal they want to be an astronaut or pro athlete…no, I was VERY serious! And I guess the words of that little guy were pretty prophetic because here I am today.
But I’ve always wondered if this was truly right for me. Do my character traits really gel with what it takes to be a professional musician? I have no recollection of ever doing one of those career quizzes so I decided to do one this morning. Now I’ll be honest and say that the reason why I’ve probably never completed one of these things is because I was fearful of the results. What if it told me that I should be an accountant or garbage collector? Would that mean that my whole life has been a sham?
But I believe one must be brave in life and face reality. So I carefully picked an online quiz (first one that came up in a google search) and painstakingly and methodically answered the questions (it took 3 minutes) and voila, with a click of the mouse, it was revealed to me that I should be a……(drum roll)……rock star!
I have to admit that I’m massively relieved to read these results. The term “rock star” obviously does not directly apply to what I do at present, but many words within the elaboration do apply to my personality and present creative life. I guess I am doing exactly what I should be doing. If I’ve learned anything from this exercise is that you should never mess with destiny.
“Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.”
– Franz Liszt