In Your Nature
We all have had that dream of doing what we love for the rest of our lives and making a living off of it. 98% of the time though, that dream may simmer down, because either it gets hard and we just can’t fathom the amount of effort it will take to get over the next obstacle or it gets comfortable and we forget all about it.
So considering that at the moment I have more freedom in my schedule lately, 12 off-days were dropped around a fairly new annual event called Bestival, a 2-day music festival in Toronto, Ontario. Coincidentally, a good friend of mine was in the line-up and there was too much family there that I was more than overdue for catching up with. I began by flying one-way into Montreal for just less than $500 with a layover in Toronto, and taking the bus straight into downtown for $10. It typically takes roughly 45 min to an hour, and I got off at St Laurent, and walked several blocks east... as the murals began to grow and grow towards my cousin’s loft. My cousin Emmanuelle has her own dance company with Elon Hoglund called Tentacle Tribe. They met dancing for Cirque du Soleil for a couple years in Vegas, but after that came grant-writing, plenty of traveling and growing amongst the other shows they have performed in, to have what they have now. In Toronto I would be meeting up with my friend Lee Krysinski, growing up with music being a large part of her life, and now playing all over the last 6 years with releases coming out August. I’ve been to Canada a couple times for the standard-dysfunctional-family gatherings, but Montreal has always stood out as a place of artistic expression and culture that I felt at home around. I spent a day and a half wandering the streets down St. Dominique and Mont-Royal as Mural-Fest was being set up all over. Plenty of intriguing restaurants and shops best found and experienced on bike, which are available all over the city for rental.
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As I left Eastern Canada, looking back on the time I had to catch up on with the friends and family that are working in the entertainment industry, has been a reminder of how bumpy the path naturally is, and the sacrifices that have to be made. There’s more to just having a dream, to achieve it, and there’s less obstacles than it looks to be in the way; you have to want it, and accept that being open to the consequences also leaves room for vulnerability. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to happen right away, but I’ve learned that there’s always going to be that struggle, whether it be financially or emotionally. Business partners may not remain partners, and some concerts may have an empty audience... If all the bad weather can remain separated from ambition then possibly in time, I could accomplish my own aspirations of whether it be narrowed to traveling, photography or painting... or all 3. Whether it makes barely enough or more than enough to live off of, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day... so long as I can find myself in an uplifting community that empowers while building upon itself. You are the company you keep... and if they seem far, why not meet them halfway?