Meant to Be in Music {Guest Post}

Hi Everyone!  I’m Katie and I blog over at Talk Less, Say More where I share my journey through life via healthy-living and music.  Yes, music.  I’m so excited that Allison invited me to take over her corner of the internet so I can share my story.  I figured since she’s keeping busy with her jobs, it would be a fun opportunity to share my journey about finding my dream career.

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I grew up always knowing that I wanted to work in music.  I didn’t know in what capacity, but I knew that my connection to music was so strong that it was what I was meant to do.  I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business/Management and made my way from Boston to New York, optimistic that everyone would want to hire me.  Anyone who has ever job hunted knows the ridiculousness of that statement ;)

The two years that I spent in New York helped me to realize that if I didn’t take matters into my own hands, I may never get my “big break”…  But then it happened.  An intern from a company I formerly worked for contacted me, seeing if I was interested in a manger position for his band.  Soon after we talked I told him that I’d attend one of their shows but didn’t know what to expect.  At the end of the night once they finished playing I told my friend that we needed to schedule a meeting for tomorrow.  Believe it or not, this band is what everyone now knows as The Lumineers.

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During my time with the band, I left New York for LA – the band also left NY for Denver and changed their name to The Lumineers.  My hopes were that LA would provide me with more opportunities and the chance to help the band move forward.  I started working at a management company but ended up leaving after a year and a half to give more attention to the band and began working part-time at Apple.

A few months later, the band signed with new (and their current) management.  Deep down I knew that this wouldn’t have been possible without all of my hard work over the past few years.  I was also sure that this was the end of my career in the music industry…  So I began researching a career in another passion of mine, fitness.

Over a year and a half ago I moved back to Chicago.  I studied for my personal training certification with NASM, passed the exam, and was offered a position with one of the top gyms in the area within a week.  It was a great opportunity, but my gut was telling me that something wasn’t right so I turned it down.  It took me several more interviews to realize that it wasn’t the company, it was the career in fitness that wasn’t for me.  I realized that I’m meant to work in the music industry.  I’ve always known it and so has everyone around me.

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In February of 2013, I began to reach out to former contacts and after months (upon months, upon months) of job searching and patience, I was offered my dream job with an incredible company!  Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself to remind myself that this in fact is real.  Everything feels so right and I’m incredibly happy!

Moral of the story?  Your dream job is out there.  Stay patient, keep working hard, and I know that you’ll find it!

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Thank you again to Allison for letting me take over her blog today and share my story.  I’d love to hear your stories too, so please feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hello!

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Thanks so much for sharing your story, Katie!  From personal experience, I know how overwhelming and stressful it can be to switch jobs {and then ultimately switch back!}.  What kept me going through all of the ups and downs was an optimistic attitude and believing that everything WILL work itself out.  Life has a funny way of happening…  For example, I went from working part-time as a substitute teacher to working three jobs within a matter of a week.  The month or so has been exhausting, but I feel so blessed for all of the opportunities that have been provided to me.  I wouldn’t change anything!

Question:  What was your childhood dream job?

Question:  What was your major in college? 

— Allison

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  1. Thank you so much for having me! :)
    (P.S. Sharing this story still has me all nervous…lol)

    • I apologize for my super delayed response, Katie. No, no, no – thank YOU for sharing your story with me and LAB readers! I still love your story… You’re going places, lady!!!

  2. I love this story – you knew what your passion was and you went back for it! I’m finding these sorts of stories really motivating right now because I’ll be graduating this year. I think it’s so important to love what you do, so I hope I’m able to figure that out as you have!

  3. Hey, I know that pretty girl! So good to see you over here Katie… and a GREAT message to share!

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