Several years ago, I was billeted with a woman in Granby, QC, with whom I stayed for a couple weeks. I developed a beautiful kinship with this woman of strength who I found to be very creative; a photographer and a mom who is very proud of her two girls. We have since lost touch, but there are bits of our conversations that have stayed with me. She told me that, in order to succeed in life and in my projects, I will need two things:
1) A clear vision of what I want: one that is so clear that all my actions and projects are developed around it, even if that happens without me noticing. When the vision isn’t focused, I have more choices to make, my decisions are more difficult and there may be more detours, which in the end, fills me with doubt.
2) A little bit of magic.
I understood the vision/work part right away. This is the part that I have a bit more control and influence over. I’ve often called upon mentors to guide me in my artistic and professional development, but I remain an independent self-managed artist that does everything: I compose the music, I pay the wages, I apply for funding, draft the business and marketing plans, I cross the T’s and dot the I’s and lick the stamps. I’m used to seeing the steps - the work needed to get me to point B from point A. And I work really hard.
I had a bit of a harder time understanding the magic. It was like I was just waiting for it happen, waiting for something to fall from the sky. As if some important person would suddenly just appear in my life to show me exactly which path to take. I was naive (I still am at times!).
But I’m starting to understand: magic is something that happens over a period of time. For example, if it wasn’t for Les rencontres qui chantent- an artist residency organized by L’Alliance nationale de l’industrie musicale in which I participated in back in 2010, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet Marc Pérusse. Our paths crossed again a few more times and, eventually, he produced my new record.
I see now that it is sometimes impossible to know how point A will bring me to point B or C. There is a domino effect within that process that is totally out of my control. The only work I need to do is to trust it.
Important people don’t just fall from the sky, but they are always around. Some are nearer than others. When I ask the right questions, when I invite them to collaborate, and when I listen carefully, I am inviting the magic in -- to come play in my backyard.