WILD Reflections

Bootcamp has been an unbelievable experience that I don’t think any of us artists will ever forget. The comradery between everyone is something I don’t think any of us would have ever imagined could be this strong. I predict that all 12 Project WILD artists will be friends for many many years to come.

As some of you probably already know, I am a big Bryan Adams fan and grew up listening to his music. Monday evening, I had an absolutely unforgettable experience. I had the opportunity to perform with the legendary drummer Pat Steward who played on his album “Reckless”. For my showcase, I played a few of my original tunes, and then we broke into the iconic hit song “Summer of 69”! The energy throughout the room was unbelievable – from the moment the first chord was strummed to the last note. What we all experienced is something I will cherish forever. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.

Music is such a strange beast; it can take us down some of the most unexpected but most rewarding paths in our lives. People often ask, why would you choose to go into a profession with no certainty of your next pay cheque or no guarantee you’ll ever “make it”? Well, lets stop there. Sure, these are scary thoughts, but have you ever realized that if you didn’t give something a shot, you’d never know your true potential? If we don’t take chances and follow our dreams we’ll never truly know what we could have been.

Sure, musicians are different and, of course, a little crazy at times, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it! It’s a part of who we are!

I believe Project WILD Bootcamp has helped so many of us artists see where we want to take our careers and has provided the resources and knowledge to reach our goals. The road is long, so I think we best sit back and enjoy the ride.

One of my favourite quotes from this week was “outside of your comfort zone is where the blessings lie”. It couldn’t be any more true. More often than not, taking chances is far more rewarding then playing it safe. I believe Project WILD is a great example of this, and I am so excited what opportunities we gain from being involved in a program like this.

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