HOW HAVING A HOBBY CAN ADVANCE YOUR CAREER | WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY?
I read this article recently on the importance of hobbies in advancing one’s career. Of course, as composers, many people think that this *is* our full-time hobby, sort of to speak. But when composing is our career, as much as we do enjoy it, we cannot claim it to the hobbies department. It just…isn’t doable.
It also occurred to me that I have NEVER asked any of my composer friends what their hobbies are! How crazy is that?! It’s as if by default we are believed to have nothing else in our lives but sitting behind a screen and keyboard for hours making noise.
The article mentions six points as to how having a hobby can advance one’s career. Some of my brief commentary makes it more relatable to our music profession:
1. NETWORKING: Minus the pressure of having to do it in an industry event or film festival.
2. CREATIVITY: And problem solving. This is particularly important if you’re struggling with a film you’re scoring. Turning to your hobby can reset your brain and have you think outside the box and find a creative solution.
3. CRITICAL THINKING: A hobby can increase focus, open-mindedness, and boost memory. ALL needed when you’re scoring.
4. PASSION: Although we are passionate about music, being passionate about something else can actually help us in our career especially during times of frustration and composers’ block. Also, imagine if you and the director both love basketweaving, for example. The stuff you’ll bond about!
5. CONFIDENCE: Setting and achieving goals outside our studio can actually increase confidence inside the studio. It’s a no brainer. Speaking of brains……
6. BRAIN POWER: As someone whose brain gets fried easily, I totally relate to this. We sit in front of our screens meticulously fiddling with minute details in our music and this takes us hours upon hours. Our job is stressful and a hobby can also help us destress. Not to mention get out of studio and see the real life out there, you know, with real people and real trees and real streets. A hobby will FORCE us to get out!
SO, WHAT’S YOUR HOBBY, AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOU WITH YOUR COMPOSING CAREER? SHARE YOURS!
Mine are world travel, photography, and languages. They help me with pretty much all the six points above, especially networking, brain power, and critical thinking.
And here’s the article if you’d like to read it: