It was a busy week, early starts (by my standards!) and a few late nights.
It is disheartening when you get to Sunday night and you are tired before the week has begun again. At the moment I do a lot of to’ing and fro’ing – Money spent on traveling and doing jobs here and there that not only aren’t very rewarding in the purse department, but also not really related to what you want to be doing with your life.
At 33 years of age I am still hanging onto the frayed wire of working towards what you love, and not giving into the settling for the better paid jobs….and it is hard. Some days you feel like a right loser because other people younger and less intelligent than you are clearly more successful (put aside whether they are happy or not!), some days I would love to go back a decade and do something completely different – and I know we have all been there.
However, some days you can feel positive and totally inspired, that nothing will make you feel bad about yourself and where you are on the career path, even if you have taken the long way round. For me, that is when I am going to the studio..or working on something fun and creative. But I don’t have the pleasure or luck that I get to do these fun things every day! And Yes as a human being I occasionally focus on the negative rather than the positive…because that is the sort of stupid shit that we do!
Some days though, you get a call about a job that fills you with so much excitement that you don’t care whether it is paid or not…and it undoes any bad days that you have to contend with…I had a well paid commercial job fall through on me, which I foolishly was counting on, but on the same day I got a text from someone offering me a Backing Vocal gig…I love doing backing vocals, and it is with someone very dear to me….which I will come to…
But before I come to that, I would like to add that I have met people who are further up the tree than me and clearly don’t deserve it because they are not very nice people, or haven’t worked hard enough – and that is me being honest. That doesn’t make me sound very nice BUT I can tell you when I meet someone who I believe has worked their socks off…and are a good person…and do deserve it, I will champion them. I will become their cheerleader whether they want me there jumping up and down chanting or not.
So…The long winded way round to what I want to say this evening is to introduce you to someone who I believe deserves a big ‘woop!’. A banner that says ‘You Rule!’. Someone who not only is a good, honest person but bloody funny, and such a laugh to work with…That teamed with being, in my opinion, one of the top vocalists I have ever heard live, and a talent that has never given up, that has just grown brighter as the years have passed to the point that the talent and skill she has is ridiculous. The volume that can come out of a tiny blonde lady’s chops?..I mean it is unfair! An inspiration to me and many people in her life. She has worked her ass off and has travelled up and down the country more times than I can even begin to imagine…..I have done a lot of that, but she wins hands down. She has shared the nights where you get off stage and were made to feel shit about yourself because of other peoples ignorance. Has juggled a family and a career…and never asked for more than the opportunity to work hard. And she bloody well does. Plus she has great taste in music (she likes my songs – hee hee!)….and is there with a kick up my backside when I am getting tired…after all ‘Everything come to him who hustles while he waits’…apparently! We will see about that Mr Edison…But for now will keep hustling.
I am thankful for the opportunity to work with her and learn from her, plus she gave me my first ever job as a member of her girl group (back in the day) when I was ready to give up after knock backs…..and apart from all of that she is one of my best friends. She has taken the rough with the smooth and still to this day champions me which means a lot. We genuinely are happy for each other if something good or exciting pops up…and put things in perspective when we don’t get the job…or our own way.
Her name is Louise Warren..she doesn’t need me to shout out about how good she is, and she doesn’t need me to explain why she is great but like I said I am her cheerleader whether she likes it or not…so there!
Check her out – add her, explore what she has online, and enjoy her music…..
Plus keep updated on my facebook as I will post our B.V gigs on there – www.facebook.com/hannahwhitemusicuk
Have a marvellous week all….may it be full of fun stuff that makes you happy happy happy.