One of the fun/challenging/frustrating/joyful things about being an independent artist is that you wear many, many hats. The challenge becomes making sure that the most important things get priority, and this is where I tend to stumble. I’m usually juggling a dozen things at once, and my family is often quietly waiting for me to set everything else down and give them my full attention.
My “hat list” (excluding my Worship Pastor hats):
- Booking agent (scheduling shows and church services)
- Marketing director (publicity, website management, social media, etc.)
- Songwriter (or, in my case, alleged songwriter, since I rarely make much time for this)
- Band leader (hiring/firing, travel agent, road manager)
- Radio promoter (actually, I hire people to do this, but I’m very hands-on because I’m a control freak)
- Record producer (didn’t record at all in 2011, but I plan to this year)
- Plus there’s family stuff (karate and dance and 4-H and chopping wood and home maintenance…)
- Etc. (there’s probably more but I’m out of time).
The truth is, most of us wear many hats. You might be a mom who also writes a blog and who works at a grocery store and breeds Labradors on the side … plus you teach Third Grade Sunday School and help out at church youth group on Wednesday nights.
So if I were the “New Year Resolution” type, mine would be to be even more purposeful about spending time with my family. How about you?