WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT LUNCHEON

In April/May of 2018, I received an email from a lady in Townsville, Kylie Bartlett, inviting me to speak at an annual women’s luncheon. Kylie has built an incredible community of inspiring ladies, all celebrating and elevating women - entitled - Women of Achievement. If you’re ever out and about in Townsville and one of these events are on, please attend! The Women of Achievement Luncheon rounded off a workshop day with Townsville business owners with the brilliant Lisa Messenger. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend this part as I was as still travelling from Brisbane where I was attending the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards.

It was a busy OCTOBER! ☺️

I was so thrilled to be invited to this event and to share my story. It was so good for the soul to meet and listen to other business women and their stories. A massive shoutout and thank you to the brilliant lady who put my name forward as a speaker - you know who you are!

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about attending this event - I wasn’t sure what I could speak about or if I was ready to share parts of my story just yet.

To me, performing music, comes naturally to me - it is something I have done since I was a child. I have been exposed to all genres of music and was very fortunate enough to have loving and supportive parents, plus extended family who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I have never given what I do a second thought, because it’s just like breathing to me. So when people ask me; “how did you get to do all you’ve done with singing?”, it’s all a bit of a complex process - my brain starts to go into overdrive at how I can explain this.

I think with anything that you love so dearly, you will automatically just do. It’s not a chore. It becomes happy and fulfilling. It’s your way of life and it’s what keeps you happy. It’s also a great release for you, not only creatively but also personally - not matter what your artistic medium. I remember having a very, crystal clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life when I was very young. I also think that the path I took, the choices I made led nicely to where I am now.

I remember stating at this event, that I think artists and creatives and the original entrepreneurs - ain’t nobody hustles like a musician/actress! Most of the time, we have to be our own life coach, wellness coach, cheerleader, PR, social media manager, content creator etc. And I think there is nobody better equipped to deal with rejection then us!

I also spoke about what happens behind the scenes, in terms of creating, because a lot of people only see the finished product; you standing on stage, singing, lights, pretty costumes and makeup. Rejection of an arts application, spending your own finances, away from your family for long periods of time. It’s not the glamorous lifestyle it seems to be.

There seems to be a misconception about freelance artists and creatives, performing for the sake of performing, without compensation. I think what people need to realise is, I am actually a business, I provide a service, plus I also have an extensive amount of knowledge and expertise in my area - you’d pay a consultant and a fee for their services. My business (at the moment) runs at a loss. EVERY. YEAR. I was thankful to hear Kate Ceberano speak of this in her keynote address at the Australian Women in Music Awards.

I think now, as a result of the digital age, we are getting smarter about what we can do to support ourselves in the downtime between gigs, hence my plug at this event for freelance artists to invest in business coaching!

WATCH THIS SPACE, Y’ALL!

I think the key message of this event is that there a lot of women out there (whatever their area of expertise) absolutely nailing it in their chosen area. Trailblazers before me and more to come. They have stayed true to their vision and have totally committed to following through - no matter what the cost. I think that applies heavily to my art and what I want to do. I hope in someway that it inspires you keep staying true to your vision.

PHOTO CREDITS: http://www.insightcreative.com.au/

Megan Sarmardin