reply to post by Dark Ghost
Well Dark Ghost - I became a musician and I found out that once things became competitive, it got very stressful, and sometimes lost its fun. I got
into business and found out that once things became competitive, they got stressful and there was a lot of treachery.
Then I found out that one of the greatest gifts we can have as humans is a stable job and a good imagination. With imagination, you can wonder, you
can even do things like play video games or watch shows - or talk with friends about how things could be -
One of my favorite things is role-playing. With a good G.M., you can have a very realistic game that also includes very realistic character
development and interactions - I have limited experience, but one time I was a poor janitor during an alien invasion, another time I was a Chinese
martial arts specialist involved in Special Ops tasked with retrieving "mysterious / magical" artifacts.
And never be afraid to have hobbies or participate in things as an amateur, or even to get into something that you are not a professional at.
As a professional, there are often times when efficiency is valued over thoroughness. For example, in Magic: The Gathering, the Pro Players only get
to use the top cards, while the Casual Players get to experience the full panorama of interactions.
This universe, even our country, is set up so that you are able to enter into a hobby (such as music or whatever you wish) at the level you want to /
are able to perform at, and hopefully find peers at that level, and continue to move up from there.
Sometimes, I admit, it can be hard to find a good niche, very hard
, maybe you need to create a group. Craigslist and Facebook are decent for
that - meet somewhere in town once a week. Perform at coffee shops or small clubs with your music, or start out performing for friends.
If you want to act, volunteer at a Community Theater - it will be great fun! And from there, you might be able to make contacts to appear in
advertisements or indie films.
As I mentioned once before, the real fun is in the Indie stuff - professional hobbies are more stressful than anything, in my experience.
As I said, once you have your house, your car, your internet, your food, your belongings - then add on things like friends, hobbies and a family -
There is nothing wrong with hobbies. In fact, a hobby is proven to improve your mental health and keep you mentally sharp and more youthful, and can
even have a gigantic impact on the prevalence of Alzheimers and dementia.
And you are not missing out. There is always a bigger fish. Playing the game where you are at is the same experience everyone else has. Deciding not
to play the game, however, is the way to fail.
Last of all - everyone is knowledgeable enough to be a teacher. Volunteer. I bet you both learn and teach every day in your day-to-day life
edit on 01amWed, 01 Jan 2014 07:24:03 -0600kbamkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)