Follow Your Passion v. Follow The Money

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Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line.  Photo by Donna Balancia

Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line. Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Do the work that makes you happy.

I’ve covered a range of topics during my journalism career, but I’ve come back to my first love — the entertainment business — with a focus on music and up-and-coming acts.

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After reading the depressing story in the LA Times this morning that women are leaving the tech field in droves, I feel confirmed in my outlook on life and career choices.

As a lifelong journalist — and sometimes promoter and publicist for charity or a good cause — I have interviewed thousands of people.  Cops, movie stars, CEOs, politicians … you name it.  And they all have aspects of their jobs that they can’t stand.

Shea Roberts of The Richmond Sluts.  Photo by Donna Balancia

Shea Roberts of The Richmond Sluts. Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

In my case, as a reporter-editor who never made a lot of money anyway, I’m doing something I like, and I can tolerate a skinny wallet once in a while.

If anyone were to ask me, I would tell them — as I was told by a wise studio chief who is no longer in the business — “Follow your passion.”

And while that may sound trite and, as they say, “consider the source,” I know that life is too short to be in a job you hate and one that limits your potential.

The world will be a better place when you contribute your talents to society.

And not only that, you might even be happy.

 

 

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