I came across this pretty old blog post that I did on one of my favorite shows call How To Make It In America, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was feeling a little down on my luck with my current situation in NYC. And quite frankly my drive has definitely taken a major hit. It seemed like no matter how much work I was putting in, I just wasn’t getting back what I reaped. What’s a girl to do? Pack up and move home to where it’s safe and dependable, have a gigantic emotional break down, or the least likely, suck it up, brush it off and get my butt back on the saddle! The post reminded me of why I moved up here and what got me some of the unforgettable stories I have so far. Hope you find a little help in it too.
We’re all tryna make it somehow. Everyday we get up, do our routines, and prepare ourselves for the day ahead of us. Whether we are off to work, school, or whatever it is that you tend to do with your day. I’m pretty sure it’s all towards trying to achieve something, right?
Here are a group of guys, like you and I, just trying to make it. Ben and Cam are best friends hustling their way to the rich and famous life style that they’ve always dreamed. The only difference between them and I, is that they’re actually working hard and taking risks to achieve their dream. We all have dreams, but have different ways of wanting to achieve them. I have started applying for writing jobs/internships again. This is a pretty big deal for me, because I have always thought that I would be working in the Medical Field. That’s what I’ve been pushed to do, all the while ignoring my true passion for writing and telling stories. Kinda like the main character Ben, who’s an amazing artist/designer, but no matter what hustle he tries to do, the artist in him just keeps resurfacing. The thing is, art/designing is his niche and working in retail or a regular 9-5 cubicle was just not gonna cut it for him.
I realized that it’s only by getting out of your comfort zone will you be able to bring your niche out of hiding. Not everyone is the same, so not every niche can be coaxed out the same way. Some people, like one of my best friends for example always knew what her niche was. She has been drawing most of her life and took the risk of going to her dream Ivy League school and getting her BA in Interior Design. Her risk of going there against all odds has gotten her an amazing internship in Japan and she now lives in San Francisco, Cal.
On the other hand, there is me. I like to write and have been doing so most of my life, but I’m still uncertain if that’s my niche. I’ve taken a couple of great risks over the past year that has led me to London, a few concerts, and an awesome job. Those are great and all, but even those risks were a bit safe. I’ve risked everything else in my life, but writing. It’s about time that I really risked it. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to quit their day job and gamble on their dream like Ben, so I’m gonna keep mine while making a few gambles on the side. All I know is that I am finally ready to gamble in hopes of making it. So I’m looking for my niche and seeing if it’s worth the risk.
Just trying to Make It in America on my own terms, doing what I love. After all, isn’t that what we all wish for.
And on that note, back to writing till these wheels fall off! Lol
Don’t Stop Trying,