Okay, so not entirely a grad since I haven’t been to graduation yet, but more so from a gal who’s sitting in Starbucks in the middle of the city after just presenting my last group presentation and submitting my final big assignments.
Note: this is most definitely been a work in progress and by the time this is posted, I would have been finished with university for a damn while.
I don’t know how either, trust me.
Being a university student has been a huge part of my identity for the past three years, especially on here. I started this blog during my first year of university, I’d write during my breaks and learn about topics I’d later cover in blog posts. So much of what I’ve shared on here has been influenced by what I’ve learnt as a Music Industry student.
Now comes the daunting process of actually living outside the confines of student life??
If you haven’t been around for long, I’ve linked some of my university-based posts below;
Like…kinda of unsure of the fact that I won’t have any more Week’s In My Life posts that involve me ditching lectures, going to tutorials and resisting the urge to blow all my money in Melbourne Central on my way home from university. A harsh reality.
So what am I planning on doing?
Well, making money, travelling and creating are all on the table for me at the moment. I want to keep working so I can save up some money to go on a few holidays, either with friends or family or by myself. I’m also branching out with what I’m doing creatively.
I’m doing heaps more photography, offering my services to other musicians who need promotional photos, covers for singles and EP’s or albums, and it’s been super fun. I took the photo for one of my friends Gemma’s first single, Adore (click the link below the picture to have a listen, it’s a beauty), and I’m booking myself with a few other artists who are working on budgets to help them get the visuals they need!
For a few more links and to plug myself just that bit more, you can follow my Instagram HERE and follow my Pinterest board below!
I’m also still going to be teaching piano and singing to the little kiddies I’m currently teaching. It’s heaps of fun, I’m always learning, and it’s another way to stay in touch with the more theoretical side of music while earning a little bit of money at the same time.
With all of that said, I’m not 100% sure what else I’ve got planned yet besides working some more to fund my travels in the future. The day after I submitted my final assessment for university, I decided to have a look at jobs that were being listed online.
I honestly can’t understand how ‘entry-level’ job advertisements are asking for 2+ years of experience? I can’t get the experience if I can’t get the job and if I can’t get the job then I can’t get the experience? It’s a bit mental, and the entire two hours or so that I was scouring the internet did nothing but give me a headache. Okay, I mean I ended up applying for a few internships, so fingers crossed.
What I do know, is that I need a break, but I also have things I wanna start doing, without the excuse of university in the way. By that I mean, going straight from high school to uni was so much more exhausting than I thought, and three years later I want to take a long, long nap. However, while I was at university, I put music on the back burner a little bit, and used the excuse that once I finished my course I’d be able to devote more time to my music. That’s not to say I didn’t do anything with music, the three singles I released say otherwise, but I definitely didn’t go as hard as I’ve wanted to, so my first priority is to start getting some more music out there, collaborating, doing some of my own producing and recording, just making more music.
That’s already improved exponentially since finishing university. My EP, which I’m aiming to have released by March 2020 is well underway, and we’re close to the finish line with that. But the free time I was given once being free of classes and having to trek into the city three times a week has made the biggest difference. The amount of demos I sent off increased, as did the amount of time I was able to dedicated to challenging and pushing myself.
Then there’s obviously the matter of this blog, and I know for a fact I definitely fell of the wagon a bit this year, though I’m trying not to be too harsh on myself about it. I have so many blog posts saved in my drafts, it’s a joke, so I’m gonna aim to get some more done with this, keep an eye out.
What I’m trying to say, is that 2020 will be an interesting year. It’ll be the first year in my entirely life without the clear annual structure that comes with the education system, and the first year in my life where I get to choose exactly what I want to do which is bloody terrifying.
Let’s see how we go.