January 9, 2017

#MusicMonday: Handling Career Criticism + The "You're going to be a what?" Question

It's been nearly two years since my "epiphany," but some people close to me still don't get, trust, or understand my decision to pursue a career in the music industry. I feel like I'm constantly asked what I'm going to do with my degree (B.S.C. in media management with a minor in music business), especially now that it's common knowledge that I am officially graduating at the end of this year. I know that I can't be the only college student questioned about her career goals or dreams. For that reason, I'm sharing how I handle the criticism.

+ I remind myself that pursuing this path is what I'm supposed to do.

Whether others see it that way or not, it's what I believe. Of course, I could be wrong, but in this moment in time, I truly believe that God put this on my heart, and that's enough for me. It doesn't matter what people think or how they perceive me in light of the career choices I make. What matters is that I'm going in the right direction.

+ I let criticism motivate me.

I remember, as a kid, approaching teachers with explanations and trying to prove my case when they marked my answers as incorrect. To this day, criticism just motivates me to do better and prove wrong any doubts that people may have.

+ I explain myself and offer to answer questions.

When someone attacks me or my plans, dreams, or goals, I ask why. Is it because they don't get it? Or is there some other reason? Maybe, if they understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, they'll change their minds and be less inclined to judge.

Have you been through this? How did/do you handle it?

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