It can happen to you, if you’re young at heart… Thanks, Frank 🙂
Big news today guys, I have been accepted into The University of Melbourne, studying a graduate diploma in composition! To say that this fairy tale has come true is an understatement and now, my life-long dream of studying composition at one of Australia’s finest music schools has come to fruition. I will study at VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) and the MCM (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), located in the picturesque surrounds of Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Orientation week is this week and full-time study commences on the 23rd of this month!
In a previous blog-post, I had mentioned that as composers our journey is a tough one and we need to take steps to always keep learning and developing, whether it be study or working in a field that has some relation to our end-goal. I had to heed my own advice and took a step in the right direction, that step was applying to study at a post-graduate level. When I first completed my University degree in sound engineering I was ready to be a composer for games, film and media… or so I thought. I was respected by mentors and peers, had skills (with a piece of paper to prove it) and I was willing to relocate anywhere on the planet to realise my goals, so why didn’t success come as had almost been assured by my peers? I can’t answer that question, all I know is I kept blogging and making music, even if it felt like no-one was listening I just did the only thing I knew how, and that was to stay creative.
I have no shame in saying that I am my biggest fan, I love to make music and I enjoy listening to my creations, like a proud parent who adores their kids. I think that is why people compose music, they love the sound of their own voice! 😉
An important point I would like to make is that most people use the voice of reason and tell themselves that their ambitions are silly and give up before they succeed. Like Shia LaBeouf said,
“you should get to the point where anyone else would quit, and you’re not gonna stop there, no, what are you waiting for, JUST DO IT”.
I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched that motivational video, it is almost a religious mantra to me now. I will leave you with another quote from Shia’s motivational speech which resonates with me deeply,
“If you are tired of starting over, stop giving up”.
Here is the video if you haven’t seen it, also check out the suggested videos where people have superimposed Shia’s speech over famous movies, it really is worth a laugh.
Thanks for reading and stay creative! 😀