I started Backthird Audio in 2003 and Backthird Entertainment not long after. My dream was to figure out how to make money making music, and for 12 years that’s the problem I’ve been working on. I found my answer (there are dozens, though the one YOU want might not be on the list). I spent a decade booking and tracking and gigging and talking all over Chicago. I started out as a musician and wound up an entrepreneur.
Basically, I’m living the dream of the guy I was when I was 25. And it’s a pretty good dream.
I’m just not that guy who dreamed it anymore.
I’m 37 now, and I’m about to leave Chicago for Boston. I have different skills and different aspirations, and I’d like to point them in a new direction. I’d like to pursue a new dream.
And I’d like to find out what that new dream is.
Because although I’ve got some guesses, I don’t actually know yet. No one dreams while they’re high on adrenaline. You have to come down; you have to ease up. You have to visit a new place, or learn something you didn’t know without somebody paying you to do it. You have to find yourself standing in front of the fridge with the door open, with no idea what you went in there for. That’s when your dreams sneak up off of the back burner.
You have to procrastinate.
So I’m taking a vow of non-commitment. Call it a Sabbath, like the Hebrews did, or use the Latin “sabbatical” like my wife and her peers in academia. I’m calling it what artists call it: I’m procrastinating. And I’m daring myself to .stay at it for 6 months.
Of course I live in the real world, where folks like me have student-loan payments – so what I’m actually planning is more of a semi-sabbatical. Here’s my non-Sabbath work:
By my estimation, I can squeeze all that into three workdays a week. That leaves two more for… anything that isn’t work.
Mainly, I plan to write and read. I’m going to process and reflect on what I’ve learned and experienced for the last 12 years as a creative entrepreneur. Some of those thoughts will wind up on this blog – that’s what it’s for.
And if you want to hear those thoughts, I’d love to have you. You WON’T get messages from me via the Backthird Audio or Backthird Entertainment e-mail lists any more – so if you’d like to keep in touch with me, just leave your email in the box below. I’ll let you know what I’ve been thinking on and what I’m dreaming about next.
I’m certainly looking forward to finding out what that might be. Just not TOO quickly.