Did you need to make a brave decision to pursue passion in music over treading the typical tried-and-true path? Would love to know the details!

JILL TRACY responded on 01/17/2011

As the great Ray Bradbury said "You've got to jump off the cliff, and build your wings on the way down."

It's not so much a "brave decision" as realizing that the fear of NOT doing something is so much greater than the fear of doing it. No regrets. I need to be true to myself, live authentically, follow my vision. What's the point otherwise?

It's definitely a difficult life. Certainly not for everyone. But it makes me that much more proud of myself and other artists I know living to honor their craft.

I've walked out of countless industry meetings after being told I need to "dumb myself down" and my work is "too unique," "too poetic and sophisticated." "You're too smart." Come on. Does the entertainment industry REALLY need more dumb? No thanks.

In these tired times, when the prerequisite for becoming a celebrity, author, or pop star is getting a lobotomy, I feel like I need to be a beacon, and inspire people now more than ever.

Thanks for writing. I hope this helps you. xox

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