I took a few days to post this here, mostly because I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the latest career move I’m making.
I accepted a job offer to become a general assignment reporter with The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Previously, I posted about how I wanted to refocus on writing and carve out a career as a journalist. And, really, I never dreamed that things would begin to happen so quickly this way.
Going by various statistics (which I neither have in front of me, nor am I feeling frisky enough to find–so anecdotal evidence will have to suffice for now), it’s generally considered to be an uncommon occurrence to land a job that falls within the focus area of your degree. So I certainly have an acute awareness of just how fortunate and unique my circumstances are at this point in my life.
For a little more than a year now, ever since my college graduation in August 2012, I’ve been straddling the fence between chasing a career in music and following the path I began in college with journalism. If I didn’t at least take a shot at being a professional musician, I would have to deal with second-guessing myself in my old age–or at least that’s what I had been telling myself for years.
As it turns out, it’s the other way around.
Being a writer, you always have the itch. You always want to tell a story. It doesn’t even have to be your story. It’s satisfying to be the vessel through which another person tells their story, or to gather the information from other people and tell the story that needs to be told from that.
Songwriting can satiate that desire somewhat. There is, after all, a great degree of storytelling involved in songwriting. But it just isn’t the same.
That’s why I have to do this, I have to follow this dream, I have to take this opportunity. Not just because I want to, but because it’s who I am.
I’m extremely excited about the opportunity, and thus far it’s a very humbling experience.