I've shared a little bit about myself (see previous post "Try") and I think it's time to kick this thing off right and talk about someone way cooler than me. I always dreamed this would be the kind of blog where I got to share beauty and talent with people. I want to feature all different kinds of makers, artists, and dreamers and hopefully offer some kind of platform for them to share their gifts with the world.
All that being said, I'd like to introduce you to someone who I personally think is incredible. I couldn't think of a better person to start with bragging on than my better half and husband...
I may be biased, but he's one of the greatest people on earth, and he deserves to be celebrated. Sam is gifted in what he does, there is no doubt about that, but the thing that makes his work stand out is the love he gives to each client along the way. Sam has taught me so much about work and business and what it means to be successful. The reason I have a business of my own now, is because Sam believed in me, challenged me, and championed me through the whole process. The reason I believed in myself, is because he told me I could. I've watched him grow a business from the ground up. I've watched him struggle, succeed, dream, fail, and sacrifice all for the sake of his work. Every step of the way he's gotten back up, grown, and become better. He is never afraid to try something new when something isn't working. He strives for excellence regardless of the project or payment. To say I'm proud is beyond an understatement. I'm proud of his work, and I think he's incredible at what he does, but I'm way more proud of how he does his work, and who he is when he does it.
You're probably wondering what in the world is it that he does?! I'll let him speak for himself on this one...
1. Tell us, Sam! What do you do?
I am an audio mastering engineer, mentor & blogger in Nashville. My company is called Moses Mastering.
2. What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is being able to bring life to the hopes & dreams an artist has for a song by taking their ideas and creating a tangible thing for them that never existed before. Creating things with people is really an interesting thing. Making something that will outlast yourself, and getting to do it with others is very much a unique and existential experience at its core. It's such a privilege to be a part of something that can change a life after mine is gone.
3. If there was one thing you could share about starting your own business, what would you tell us?
Stay in your lane, and make sure EVERYONE knows what you do and where they can find you. There is no shortage of customers or clients, there is only a shortage of you getting your name and business out to people. It becomes a snowball affect: at first only 10 people may know you exist, but if you contact 10 people a day for a few years that turns into thousands of people coming into contact with you one way or another. That is how you create a sustainable business. It is so simple that it can be crippling for a lot of people. A business fails only if you give up on it.
4. Did you always want to do what you're doing now?
The music industry was never on my radar until I started playing guitar in college. From there, it was a pretty fast transition from thinking I would end up working at a church or doing hospitality to wanting to become a rockstar, which then turned into a mastering engineer. Once I accepted that you can help people no matter what industry you end up in, and regardless of a piece of paper that says you can, I felt free to do whatever I wanted. So, I began my journey in music.
5. What are some goals you have for your business and how do you plan on achieving them?
My end goal for Moses Mastering is what I am currently doing, but on a much larger scale in a physical location outside of my own personal studio space. I love to help people navigate the music industry, and gain clarity into what is most important for them to do where they are at. I do this already by blogging, mentoring and participating in the music industry itself. I want to use my company to offer more of this, and demystify the process for artists. This year I was accepted as a voting member for the Grammy's and I now get to attend meetings that talk about what's going on in the industry and how to make it better. I get to have a say in the future of music, and how it will be shaped because I have chosen to participate and be proactive instead of passive and reactive. When you get off Facebook, stop ranting, and start having real conversations with people who make the rules, you learn why they are there and what you can do about them.
6. Was there ever a time that you thought this wasn't going to work? What did you do?
I'm not sure I ever legitimately at my core thought there was a time this wasn't going to work out. There have been moments where I wished I could just clock in to a 9-5 and take a paycheck, but I don't think that's believing this wouldn't work. There have been "slow" times that have been stressful, but I didn't really ever feel like it was reflection of me, my business, or what I do. I've never had a plan B and I think that helps keep me focused. To me, there really is no other option, so my mindset has been this is what I do and will continue to do. Whenever I have self doubt, I just look through the past (we are forgetful people) and I see all the amazing, lovely people that have helped me and allowed me to work on music with them. I am just so stinking grateful to do what I do. If it ever comes to an end, I will thank everyone for the time and experiences I've had, and walk into the new season thankful.
If you have any other questions for Sam, leave him a comment! He would love to chat with any of you. You can also find him at @mosesmastering or his Moses Mastering website!
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