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William Fitzsimmons, the DIY Artist Route, And You

Don’t you love how an experience can teach you things you didn’t exactly ask for, all in a good way?

I find myself here a lot, but only when I’m conscious of it.

Sometimes that experience is watching a movie, or reading a book, or even having a conversation with someone. In the process of the experience, some incredible wisdom, insight or piece of advice comes forth that makes your day.

williamfitzsimmons-240This happened to me this week in an interview conversation I had with indie singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons. William is a fascinating guy, a songwriter who was first a psychiatrist and therapist before leaving that professional world to pursue music.

It’s an interesting transition, but it does go to show you that you don’t have to have a degree from Berklee College of Music to have success in the music industry.

William hasn’t completely left the field of therapy though, and he admits it. Calling himself a “musical therapist,” that area of his life is also a part of his music and for good reason. Helping people through rocky patches and into greener pastures is what therapists do. It’s also what music does. Shouldn’t the two go together?

Your life is similar. If you’ve worked only in music, that realm has brought its own series of events that have helped shape who you are as a person and as an artist.

If you’ve worked professionally in a different field, and dreamed of being able to pursue only music, that dream is entirely possible. What can you do to see how to make William’s story your own? Listen to the podcast interview and he’ll tell you.

Like I said, sometimes in the midst of a conversation, little pieces of golden wisdom come forth that change everything. That happened in our chat, along with some other really good insights into how family dynamics change how you make music.

What did you get the most from this experience? Reach out and let’s talk about your DIY route and where it is leading you.

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  1. […] build for The Appetizer Radio Show, I first met an artist who would become a good friend. William Fitzsimmons had transitioned from one career as a therapist into becoming a full-time musician. He wasn’t […]

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