On this episode of The Portfolio Life, Jon gives us his answer about not revisiting his published work and the story of his success. Jon signed a record deal with Island DefJam Records just after graduating from college and experienced a shake-up that led to Sara Bareilles singing one of his songs.
Joining us to share his story and wisdom is Mike Herrera, the lead singer of punk band MxPx. Mike is also a podcaster, bass player, and songwriter who has completed multiple solo music projects and collaborations.
Caleb has created my last two book trailers, both of which people compliment all the time. Caleb’s work raises the bar in this industry, so I wanted to bring him on the show to tell us how he got started, and how he created big breaks for himself.
When we look at the lives of successful artists, writers, and creatives, we don’t just see a collection of serendipitous moments. We see strategy. Whether intentional or not, we see a series of incidents and connections that allow the person’s work to get the attention it deserves.
And this does not happy by accident. At least, not usually.
Part of the job of a writer is to take risks, but not just the big, bold risks that can make or break a career. More often than that, it’s the small but significant risks that make up the work we do.