Nick was participating in a photo shoot with some local musicians this afternoon. He had been looking forward to this event for days now, but I couldn't help interrupting him.
"Hi. So, today I was taking my vitamins, you know the powdered kind that come in those little plastic capsules?"
"Well, I swallowed the pills and started working on jewelry, and all of a sudden out of nowhere a big cloud of smoke puffed out of my nose and I saw it in the air in front of me. I was like a real-life fire breathing dragon!"
"Yeah, I think it was the vitamin powder still in powder form that somehow found its way out of my throat and up into my nostrils, and I just puffed it out!"
"That's why you called me?"
"Huh…Well, good story."
And now, I suppose you are having about the same reaction as him, but seriously, isn't that the coolest accidental bodily function you've ever heard of?
Onto the substance of my blog.
I was reading a book today called "Rework" by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson while I was at the laundromat. (I have a thing for business books. Call it a guilty pleasure, or the inner nerd in me, or whatever.) Anyway I got to this section that reminded me so much of Dia.
Dia is my younger sister. She's a few years younger, looks older. Age doesn't really matter with the two of us, we basically run in the same circles and have done the same things our entire lives. Some of you may be thinking "Well, duh. We know she's your sister. On with the blog." But to those of you who don't know, Dia and I are in a band called Meg and Dia. We've been playing music together for 7 years. Nick, my boyfriend plays drums. And Carlo and Jonathan, the other two members, are friends but might as well be brothers. (Tight knit, I know!)
Anyhow, recently Dia received a lot of recognition on this singing show on N.B.C. (please stay with me, all of you who consider this old news) Basically, she has this HUGE opportunity to sing for more people, more exposure, taking this thing to the next level. It was and still is a really big deal for her, and hopefully for us as well.
In the book there was this chapter called, "The Myth of the Overnight Sensation"
If I may, "You will not be a big hit right away. You will not get rich quick. You are not so special that everyone else will instantly pay attention. No one cares about you. At least not yet. Get used to it."
"You know those overnight-success stories you've heard about? It's not the whole story. Dig deeper and you'll usually find people who have busted their asses for years to get into a position where things could take off. And on the rare accession that instant success does come along, it usually doesn't last-there's no foundation there to support it.
"Trade the dream of overnight success for slow, measured growth. It's hard, but you have to be patient. You have to grind it out. You have to do it for a long time before the right people notice"
- excerpt by Jason Fried from his book "Rework" Visit there blog here
Those paragraphs made me think about Dia and the people sitting in their living rooms watching her on t.v. thinking, "Wow, look at that girl just being swept into the big lights out of nowhere!" And that's kind of ridiculous perspective to me because I've seen her in her ridiculous little outfits in county fairs in little St. George, UT (I participated and wore an outfit + cowboy hat and boots equally as ridiculous). I've seen her woman up and sleep in parking lots on tours, and in hallways in peoples' houses. I've been there when we played to 2 people in Random City, Oklahoma in a coffee shop/bar the size of my closet. Iv'e been there for tire blow outs on the road, for shows when the speakers blew out. We've done and been through it all. And the kicker? We've done this for 7 YEARS!
Over night success my ass! I'm just sayin'