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Job-title: Drummer for the band Reform The Resistance
Web/blog site URL: www.reformtheresistance.com
Give us your job description in 25 words or less. To share with our music with whoever will listen and use my gifts for the glory of God
Describe a typical workday. Every day is different. Sometimes we will be in the studio writing and recording, and other days we rehearse for our live show. Day to day duties involve promoting and connecting with people online via email, facebook, twitter, also trying to book shows, write music ideas, and keeping connected as a band and connected with our record label.
What led you to realize that you wanted to do this type of work? I grew up with my dad playing music and knew from an early age that it was something I was passionate about. I was about 16 when I realized that it was something I wanted to pursue as a career if God would lead and show me the way.
Did you have any heroes or mentors in your industry that you admired? I look up to my dad the most. He taught me that hard work and dedication would be rewarded. He also showed me how to serve others with my talents and show humility.
What type of education or training was required to land your job? Some people go to school and get a degree for music performance. Some people also learn through private lessons with teachers. In my case, I taught myself by watching other musicians. Before I had a drum kit of my own, I would stay late after church services and practice on the kit they had. After a couple years of playing worship at church, I joined several different types of bands and tried to learn how to play different styles. The key is challenging yourself when you are learning on your own.
What do you love most about your job? I love hearing what our music does for people. Everyone listens to music, so it’s nice to do something that anyone and everyone can connect with in some way. I also love traveling and meeting new people.
What one part of your job do you wish you could hire someone else to do? I wish I could hire someone to pack up my drums after every show. Setting up is not so bad, with the excitement and adrenaline, but I’m so tired and sweaty after shows, It would be nice to not have to pack up the drums.
What advice would you give to teenagers wanting to get into your field of work? It’s fun to play music, but there are a whole lot of other things involved when you are in a band. Just make sure you are ok with traveling and being on the road and away from your loved ones sometimes. Practice, Practice, Practice. Get really good at your instrument because there are a lot of great musicians out there and you want to set yourself apart from the crowd.
How does your job allow you to use your God-given gifts? God asks us to share the gospel by any means necessary. If you are good at something, do it to the glory of God and He will direct your path. Any time I play the drums I am honoring the gifts He has given me.
Do you have any hobbies or off-hours pursuits that teenagers would find of interest? I do graphic design and photography. I like playing my ps3 (madden, fifa, call of duty), bowling, watch football, and watch late night movies.