Here's our founder Barrett's latest blog post, "Hard Choices and Extraordinary Outcomes," from his weekly blog on Artist Empowerment.
The journey of an empowered artist comes with many forks in the road which lead to completely different outcomes.
There'll be many moments where you'll have to decide whether you should keep trying to pursue a career as an artist or to pursue something more practical.
While there's never a simple answer to this question because everyone's different, the answer always lies within you.
No one can tell you what you're capable of and no one can tell you what you should or shouldn't do.
When I was 17 and was accepted to UCLA as a pre-med student, I thought I wanted to be a doctor.
It took sitting in on one organic chemistry class to know that becoming a doctor was not my path.
I decided to study philosophy instead which changed how I saw the world and how I saw my place in it.
When I graduated UCLA at 21, I was accepted to the top law schools in California with full scholarship offers.
By that time, I’d already been in a dozen different bands with varying levels of success, I’d started to teach myself how to produce and a song I’d written/produced was taking off on internet radio.
I made a hard choice: I decided to pursue music instead of going to law school with full scholarships.
As hard as it was, it was the best decision I've ever made and I've never looked back.
The truth is, as much as I loved music, I was very, very close to choosing a completely different path at several points in my life.
But there was something inside me that always pulled me back to music.
It was a combination of passion, hunger, resilience, the courage to keep trying new things, the willingness to make mistakes, the ability to learn from those mistakes and the humility to never stop improving and growing.
When you're faced with a fork in the road where you need to decide the practical path or the life of your dreams, my vote will always be for you to choose the life of your dreams.
That said, only you know if you’re willing to do what it takes to make your dreams a reality.