I sometimes forget just how much I’ve managed to achieve such a short time. Since I left a rewarding, but creatively unfulfilling job in 2013, I’ve started a visual arts company, Maya’s Divine Designs, and I have built a portfolio of artwork, slowly building up a following in the process.
It’s been a huge learning curve, but as I was reminiscing about the start (for me) of the tour by my favorite band, Duran Duran, I realized just what an impact they’ve really had on my life, especially these past four years. If I’d never had those crazy, Duranie adventures, globe-trotting to see as many shows on the “All You Need is Now” tour as possible, I might never have been inspired to be more fearless in other areas of my life. I left everything behind that was no longer serving my soul’s purpose to pursue my dreams (job, marriage and an unsafe living environment, to name a few). That is something most people never do, let alone have the courage to do in such a relatively short space of time.
I won’t go into too much information as to why those things were causing more pain than joy, but suffice it to say, I’ve never been happier and more fulfilled than I’ve been since I let go of obligations I put more of myself into than I received.
It hasn’t been easy by any means, but it’s been worth it.
The final catalyst that pushed me to pursue a more creative career with all my might was a video contest that started in late 2013. It was for TV Mania, a side project by Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo. Each contestant took on a ‘franchise’ name, and essentially owned part of the TV Mania legacy. Through the contest, I had the experience of writing and directing a series of three music videos, and even wrote a song for one of the videos, entitled “Channel Flipping.” All of these skills were newly-developed, and though I was terrified of being seen by such a wide audience, I shut my eyes and did it anyway. I didn’t win the contest, but I did have the honor of having my videos shown in regular intervals as part of TV Mania’s “You Tube” playlist, and I was interviewed for my work on the project by Jon Nichols.
That experience compelled me to push my creative boundaries even further and ultimately led to writing more music and finally finishing that novel I’d written in my head years ago. I still have a dream of recording an album, and the book (‘Before the Fire‘) was published in February of this year. I even did the illustrations for the book; another thing I thought I’d ‘never’ do. It just goes to show you; anything is possible.
And through some gentle encouragement by a dear friend, I decided to take another favorite hobby of mine, drawing and painting, to the next level, hence the art and design business, Maya’s Divine Designs.
So, it’s been quite a transformational period for me. 2011-2015 will become a very important chapter in the autobiography, should I ever find the time to write it. I’ll let you know in five years if I’m so blessed to still be doing what I truly love.
Dressed as “Sassy Saragh”, one of the characters I created for my TV Mania franchise project.
An image from “Channel Flipping.”
A snapshot from the Duran Duran show I attended in Brussels, Belgium.