It’s true. Everybody wants to be somebody. It seems to be especially true among musicians, actors and anyone else involved in the entertainment industry. While a chosen few are discovered, the majority of us have to create our own “breaks” if we are to make it, either as a career or hobby.
I have been privileged to earn my living in the music business for more than 25 years. But it wasn’t handed to me. I created my own opportunities. My path led me to create a record label and recording studio that makes performance music for singers (OK it’s basically karaoke, but more professional than your average karaoke music. See www.priddis.com). We cater to those who are a little more serious about their singing.
I’ve had my ups and downs in the business over the years. I’ve made lots of money, lost lots of money, been sued multiple times, had lots of employees and sometimes just a few. I’ve made adjustments every time technology changes. Distribution channels continue to change. Traditional brick and mortar stores and distributors have gone away. It’s a whole new digital world. The good news is, no matter what has come along over the years, everything has always worked out in the end. And I continue to be blessed to answer to no one but myself, while I provide a good living for myself and those who work with me.
I admit that sometimes I used to lay awake at night wondering if my business would survive. The advantage of 25 years is to be able to look back and realize that we can meet every challenge, and to recognize all the wonderful opportunities and experiences we tend to take for granted.
I have also experienced the highs and lows of performing as an actor and singer, mostly in live musicals – my outlet for my music performance bug.
Although I have been successful for many years, life is always changing. There are always new challenges and new things that I want to accomplish. So I continue to work at being better and making those desires a reality. This blog is about my experiences and insights, not only from the past, but as I continue to learn, because I’m just like everyone else….I want to be somebody.