My wish for my children is that they finish school and pursue their dreams. The second oldest of my four children is nineteen years old and has graduated High School. After taking a year off, he plans to go to College and continue his education. He is planning to attend a local community college for two years and then transfer to the University of his choice. I know there will be a concentration in music because that’s what he loves. My son attended a Magnet School of the Arts for five years and transferred out to attend a different high school. He has years of experience playing the acoustic guitar as well as the electric guitar. He’s able to play by ear and can also read music.
My son is also a great lyricist and has been writing since he was in the seventh grade. His overall goal is to pursue his music professionally. I definitely admire his passion and will support him. I’d like him to continue his education and have a plan B in place. My oldest daughter just completed her sophomore year of college and attends a local HBCU. She is a double major and is pursuing theater arts and mass communications. She is passionate about acting and took theater for six years throughout Middle School and High School. I totally support her but, wanted her to have a backup so that she has more than one thing to lean on.
I’d love to see my daughter on Broadway or in a major film production. However, I know actors that have had to hustle in between projects and have worked every job you can think of. There is nothing wrong with hustling in between projects but, I just wanted her to be prepared for anything. In addition to acting she’d like to find her place in the world of mass communications. The opportunity and her potential are endless. My youngest daughter loves to bake and cook. I can see her going to culinary school and working in a five start restaurant before opening her own pastry shop one day.
She just completed her Junior year in High School and has been in JROTC since she was a freshman. My daughter will continue participating in the JROTC program until she graduates a High School Senior. She recently enlisted early into the ARMY and still plans to pursue her culinary dreams. I also have an nine year old. I can’t wait to see what he wants to do when he grows up. If I ask him now he says… I have no idea! My oldest son went with a few of his friends to the music studio to record some music.
He was so excited and I saw it in his face and body language that he is so passionate about his music. I was able to listen to what he recorded and was blown away by how good he sounded. This was his first time in a professional music studio setting. He was successful having a great time with his friends. My son took some pictures in the music studio and I was so happy to see that there was a college degree hanging on the wall. I always tell my son that continuing his education is a priority and he can still pursue his dreams while going to school and working towards a degree.
I would even be content if he pursued a trade that he can build a career out of while doing what he loves. After my son finished recording his music he uploaded it to his soundcloud and shared it on social media. His friends listened and shared the music as well and it has gotten a lot of positive feedback. His dad and I have a few connections with music producers and we sent the track along to get their thoughts on it and it was also positive feedback. It feels good to know that my son definitely has the potential to do what he loves and pursue his passion.
I will always be there to support my children and push them when they need a loving nudge to get them going. Thank you to Blackspace and local music studios for being available in our community for studio time among other services for music creatives. My son got to experience what it is like to record in the music studio. He also had to keep time because the studio time is billed by the hour and other artist book studio time to create and record their projects as well.
Right now I am a proud mom who will always support my children’s dreams no matter what while trying to keep them level headed! I LOVE the arts but, I don’t want my children putting all their eggs in one basket. There’s nothing wrong with that… Right?!?!