I finally approached my rough reality: graduating college with an art degree. For all those who can relate, aren’t you tired of the questions, “So…what do you want to do with that degree? What’s next?” I hate these questions and I’m exhausted from trying to wiggle my way around answering them (after all, I do have a degree in the creative field).
So. Here I stand – free of time-consuming school and open to a world of endless possibilities. I feel unstoppable with my skills, like Liam Neeson in Taken. I feel accomplished, like not being sick after eating at a shady buffet. I feel renewed and confident, like I am walking the streets accompanied by You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates as the soundtrack to my life. And I feel…terrified. What is truly next?
Isn’t “not knowing” the exciting part, though? Who knows what projects await us. Yes, some will be successful and others will not, but who is to determine success. Isn’t success finding worth and value in your creativity?
I want to commend anyone who can relate. We (creative people around the world) are found in a competitive business. We enter into this vast entertainment world with nothing to our names but the work that we create, the projects we’re involved with, and what people have to say about them. Yet in the midst of this rough reality, our most joyous times are when we create.
We tell stories. We approach things in new ways. We make art. We create experiences that people can relate to. We are poor. We connect with people. We communicate. We are all entitled to our opinions. We are all entitled to respect. We make films, poems, paintings, music, dances, writings, schedules, recipes, graphic art, tangible and intangible things from scratch.
As a collective community, we are truly unique and amazing people.
To all my peers, I want to encourage you all with “what’s next.” It could be anything from a financially stable feature length film, to writing a jingle for an old folks home commercial, to choreographing a musical, to writing a lame blog post. Yet you all will be creating worth and value for yourself through your creativity. I respect anyone with passion and integrity who creates, and I know others can say the same. We are artists, musicians, dancers, writers, and filmmakers. And we’re in this business together.
About Sam Golden
As lead member of The Query, Sam is an actively involved musician in songwriting, film score composing, performance, jingle writing, music supervising, and arrangement. He is pursuing the relationship between the music and film industries as he is dedicated to his talented colleagues of Perplexity, trusted clients, and loving bandmates.