In our new series of blog posts we asked some of our clients how it was for them to take the step to self-employment and stick at it when the going gets tough. It's interesting to see we all face the same internal challenges no matter our backgrounds . . .
Max Mezzowave - musician and songwriter at Mezzowave
Q: Why did you decide to follow this path/business?
A: It was always something I wanted to do and never felt happy working in a 9 to 5 situation.
Q: Has it always been a passion?
A: Yes more so in my 20's.
Q: When did you decide to follow your passion?
A: Age 16 I was in bands before that too.
Q: Were you encouraged at school? Were your talents recognised?
A: Not really it was outside of school with friends there was music but it was very limited, my mum got me piano lessons at a very young age, so mainly outside of school.
Q: What were the most difficult things to overcome when you decided to try and make money by following your dream rather than getting a job.
A: I'm not business oriented so I had to learn to be better at it and to accept other jobs (DIY, decorating etc) too to subsidise my passion and when its tough, to not focus on lack and remember the creativity is at the core.
Q: Did you think you would never make it happen? Did you feel you weren’t good enough to make it happen?
A: Regularly! It goes in waves it can really be on and then just feel like it's a million miles away.
Q: If so how did you move through those thoughts? For many these thoughts can seem so real and limiting.
A: Probably gratitude and to reflect on previous work I know has kicked ass, so to remember I'm not useless and that it is possible again.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
A: When the song/tune has written me and it's really sonic soup feeling the spirit at the core of it, there's nothing like that, it stays with me for days and writes me! And to feel I've created real art and have moved consciousness through my art.
Q: I am sure many people must benefit from your music/service - does this give you even more satisfaction?
A: Definitely when we've created great work that touches and moves people and being rewarded spiritually and financially too!
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A: I'd love to be touring and playing to much larger audiences bringing my sonic soup to more people. Like to be selling many more albums, being played on mainstream radio, have a hit record. I'd also like to have my music in a major consciousness lifting mainstream movie!
Contact Max here