Wow... Is it really a year next month since my last blog post?! How bad is that?! Im pretty sure, back then, none of were expecting all these restrictions to still be upon but there is light at the end of this very long tunnel.
Anyway, I've given myself a slap on the wrist and I will do my best to blog more often. At least after a year away I should have some things to talk about.
Unless you've had your ears and eyes closed for the last 12 months I'm sure you're aware that COVID-19 has put a stop to the entire arts and entertainment industry. I'm lucky really in that, as much as it stopped my plans in their tracks when it came to gigging, I was not reliant on income from my music in order to survive. I really feel for all those (in all industries not just music) who have had their livelihoods stolen from them due to this awful pandemic and I have everything crossed that the vaccine program can allow the world to get back to some sort of normality.
As much as the last year has been difficult for so many reasons, it has given me the chance to do lots of thinking. I lost my mojo at the beginning and just didn't see much point in trying to do anything music wise as, well, the industry was pretty much non-existent if you weren't famous! Jimmy and I did do one online gig right early on though which is quite entertaining! Eventually I woke myself up though and started trying to find the next road to take.
My little boy goes to school in September 2022 and I was always planning to go back to some sort of work when we got to that point. I've been racking my brains for some time now, trying to decide what I wanted to do, with music never being on the list as a 'proper' job that I could have. I was also struggling with how I was going to fit my music in if I was working when my son was at school and also trying to juggle the rest of normal life. Ideally, I also needed to work from home as I have four dogs. All of this was not helping me make a decision. Music has always been a constant in my life and I needed to be able to be involved with it in some form.
I kept coming back to it in an attempt to make it a 'sensible' career choice that could actually provide a regular income. Obviously so many people do this well through performing but, in these turbulent and uncertain times, it's not stable enough for me, especially as I was literally just starting out when Covid hit at the beginning of 2020. Then it came to me. There was a way where I could work from home, earning a living, and still have time for my music plans.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE...
So, as of this week, I have started retraining as a singing teacher with 'The Voice College'. It makes sense for me to combine my love of music with work and by teaching I can do this perfectly. I can work from home as I have my studio for when we are allowed face to face again, and online until then (and probably after as well). This also solves the dog problem thankfully! It's flexible as I will be self employed and can work around Finnian, and I'm hoping it should give are pretty stable too.
So that's the big recent change that has happened primarily because of Covid I think. I've really had chance to think about what I want to do. It's not just confined to teaching though, there are other plans in the pipeline. I am really hoping to get back to gigging too even if it is just acoustically with Jimmy for the time being.
Onwards and upwards, we are on our way out of this **** show I'm sure and as crap as it's been, for me there's been some good things to come out of the pandemic too. Oh, and Summer is coming! Although the rain outside my window is trying to tell me otherwise!
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