Sunday, 25 April 2010
Standing At The Crossroads
How can this ‘Ratcatcher To Entrepreneur’ evolve? From those humble beginnings of nearly seven years before, the hobby of being a DJ on the side, to a full blown job of 5 nights per week, plus a full time ‘day job’, how did I do it? In truth I felt I was ‘Standing At The Crossroads’ of my life having to make some long term decisions.
The skills and experience of DJing had given me access to some busy nightclubs in the city; have to say it was nice to see my name in ‘almost lights’. I loved entertaining and watching people enjoying themselves, it’s truly a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately me being the person who couldn’t ever say ‘no’ found myself in a position of taking on more and more work. My working day ran something like this; wake up at 6, go to work, start at 7, finish at 5, go home, leave home at 8 to go to the club, start at 9, finish at 1, go home, wake up at 6.... etc, etc. Sometimes I wouldn’t need to start at the club until 10, however in these cases it would run through until 2 in the morning, those were particularly punishing!
The strain of this was starting to show and it would be only a matter of time until something had to give. At around the same time I had also visited the local radio station and had a meeting with the Station Controller – David Bassett. To this day I can still remember him saying ‘your voice was too light in timbre and you should go and does some hospital radio work’. This never dampened my enthusiasm, it only galvanised it to keep moving forward.
At the same time I met a girl (whom I would eventually marry) at the club I worked. She was the ‘busty barmaid’ (her words not mine). Ironically, the first thing that attracted her to me was my voice! So that just goes to show what do Station Controllers know, lol.
With love in my life this was going to have an influence on my decisions and career path. At that time I simply did not have the self belief to pursue a life as a DJ, and to jettison my ‘day time’ job for good. You may call it indecision, that was just the way it was. At that time I did not know but it would pay a significant part in my next career move which was just around the corner.
I was standing at the crossroads of my life. Looking back on it now it all adds up to life experiences. Certainly, I ‘may’ have prolonged by DJing career by various means, but probably I instinctively knew I could do more with my life. Simply there are no wrong decisions, just different ones and it would be no good thinking of ‘what might have been’. It is more important to think of ‘what will be’.