"What do you want to be doing in five years?"
What an annoying question, right? I barely know what I'm going to be doing three days from now, much less this time next year, or worse, in five. I usually give some off-hand answer like "living in Nashville, working in the music industry, maybe managing artists or working at a record label" and leave it at that.
Five years ago today, if you asked me what I wanted to be doing in five years I would've said "working concerts, meeting artists and traveling for shows."
See, five years ago today was the day that I fell head-over-heels in love with concerts, touring and live music in general. March 5th, 2011: The day the Glamour Kills Tour stopped in Pittsburgh, PA at the Altar Bar. It was my first general admission show. I'd been to concerts before, but they were the arena type, so I didn't really know what to expect of a bar show. I over-prepared and made my dad drive my best friend and I to the venue at 11am the morning of the show, even though doors didn't open until around 5pm. It was an experience I'll never forget (the first and last time I ever waited in line like that), between accidentally meeting Daniel Tosh, making friends with the girls in line by us, and the rain that ruined my hair that I had put so much time into.
Something hit me that day, as I watched my favorite band up there on that stage. I realized how much I loved the full experience of a concert and how I could forget absolutely everything that was bothering me while I was in that crowd. After the show, I got to chat with the band that I essentially idolized for a few hours, and it was then that I figured out that bands are just as normal as I am, they just happen to have this super cool job where they get to travel doing music. I thought about it and realized that I, too, wanted to surround myself with music everyday. It was like a switch flipped and I suddenly knew what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.
Fast forward five years, and I'm well on my way to living the life that fourteen year old me wanted. I've been fortunate enough to get to know and actually befriend some of the people I always looked up to and the bands I'd go see play all the time. I've worked countless shows whether with press or with the band, I've worked events I wouldn't have dreamed of even attending and I get to travel for shows now whether for work or for fun.
Five years from now, I'm not really sure what I'll be doing. I don't know what the future holds, and I'm very okay with that. I will tell you, though, that five years from today and for forever, I'll still be thankful for March 5th, 2011.