Last week I had the pleasure of seeing an old friend play his live music in New York City.
My insanely talented friend, Jamie Scott has been tirelessly pursuing a music career for the past 10+ years. I met him what feels like a lifetime ago in Los Angeles while he was filming a scene in the Dance Cult classic movie “Step Up”. At the time, I was a cocktail waitress on Sunset Boulevard pursuing a career in musical theatre.
Many years have passed since Jamie and I first met and became friends. I have since given up the pursuit of professional theatre. While I am ecstatically grateful and happy with the new chapters of my life that continue to unfold, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that at times I felt a little creatively deprived and disconnected. Watching Jamie on stage last week, fully present in his talent (in a room full of maybe 50 people) and enjoying every second was a pretty big reminder of this for me.
Jamie has not reached the international icon status across the world that I’m sure he would love at this point in his career. While he has had much success in both the UK and USA he still has yet to reach Beatles type fame; and he has been doing this for over 10 years! What’s even crazier is that he writes all of ‘One Direction’s’ HIT songs, I mean this guy is talented enough to write the # 1 songs for some of the biggest stars in music today. While I’m sure he enjoys writing for others, I know that what still drives him today is his passion for his music, the pursuit of his own career and the opportunities to be singing all of his own songs that he pours his heart and soul into He does this because he has to, it is a part of his soul and his creativity must be tended to. Yes, I’m sure he will not turn down international fame and notoriety when it comes knocking, and believe me it will- but that is not what drives him perform one gig at a time.
Watching him live in his talent, creativity and passion inspired me in a way that I haven’t felt connected to for quite some time. It made me really question: Where in my own life do I feel disconnected from my talent? Where can I find more passion and purpose? The truth is that there are many ways in which I know I can feel on purpose and they have nothing to do with earning a living. Writing this blog is a creative outlet for me, but if you notice I haven’t even done that for a while. The truth is that usually these things feel pretty SCARY. What helps is to see examples around me of people acting in spite of their fears; taking chances in spite of the fact that they might fail. Last week Jamie was this example for me and I cannot Thank him enough.
I have decided that I am fully committing to spending the month of April focusing on my creativity and passion in big and small ways. Maybe it will mean taking a painting class, or a long stroll. Or maybe it will be spending an hour going through some old music I used to sing for FUN. Or maybe it is writing more.
I invite you to consider, where in your life are you blocking your own creative expression because you are too caught up in the daily grind of life, or too afraid to take that chance? I hope you will fully embrace your creativity and passions and do it just because you want to to.
If you feel inspired to listen to the man that inspired this post, check out http://www.jamie-scott.com/