An early Happy International Women’s day to all the fabulous women composers on this forum. I am sure we are all super ambitious, otherwise we wouldn’t be here! Here’s a high five to those of you who are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, single and loving it, childless and loving it, childless and hating it, child-full and struggling with it, the ones juggling another career with their composing dream to make ends meet and put food on the table, the ones who’ve made it but still understand the struggle of those who didn’t, the leaders, the motivators, the ones suffering from depression, the ones suffering from another mental illness, the ones suffering from a physical ailment, the primary caregivers to terminally ill parents, the primary caregivers to sick children or children with disabilities, the orphans, the ones struggling with self-image, the ones struggling with body image, the ones feeling overwhelmed because of everything else they have to deal with on a daily basis, the ones feeling they’re not getting a fair chance, the ones feeling they’re almost there, the ones whose ambition kills them, the ones who are obsessed with making it in this business, the ones who enjoy cruising and composing when they like to do it, the ones with life balance, the ones with zero life balance, but most importantly: THE ONES WHO LOVE TO COMPOSE.

Keep doing what you’re doing, keep doing YOU, keep shining bright, and remember to LOVE YOURSELF and LOVE THE MUSIC YOU COMPOSE because that’s your legacy on this earth. With our ability to multitask and juggle a million and one things in our brains and hands, there’s no fear as long as we’re focused.

To the men who support us: Thank you to the moon and back. Those who have you are lucky to have your backs. To the women who don’t have a man who supports them: You can do it on your own, many of you already DID IT ON THEIR OWN. To the women who have women who support them: Friends, partners, sisters, mothers. How awesome is that?

The one thing we all have in common here is our love for our craft. We all have big dreams, and the time to start working on them is today. Even if it’s in baby steps, it’ll add up over time. Don’t forget yourself for the sake of anyone else in this world, or any idea, culture, or belief sys

tem that tells you not to pursue your dream and excel in your art.

“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb.

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