Here’s the video that I made with my family…
which led to an adventure in blogging…
which led to a self-produced DVD…
which led to a single video course I taught…
which led to Music Therapy Ed (serving courses to 2,000 people and counting)…
which led to my newest evolution…
which you should jump in on if you are a therapy business owner!
Around 3:12, I wanted the “stars introduction” to be reminiscent of the Beastie Boys Sabotage video. I think it captures the essence. What do you think?
After I produced that goofy family video, I got the guts to start blogging. I gave myself a 5 month trial period, and if it wasn’t fulfilling, then I would get rid of the blog.
5 months later I produced a video just for the heck of it, for fun, for laughs, and to be goofy. I put it on the blog to lighten the mood, but I was very nervous about publishing something “less than professional.” Well, I’m glad I hit “publish” that morning because the video now has more than 30,000 views! Here it is:
It wasn’t until AFTER I published it that I realized that I was giving value (on accident). I sent out a PDF arrangement for people to use the music with their own groups, but I didn’t realize that so many people would love it and benefit from it.
If you’ve known me since then, then you know that I received an email from someone in Scotland 17 minutes after I published the video. He said “Very nice Kat. I have been specifically asked to use this song for a group of 300 girl [scouts] at their summer camp. I have over 400 boomwhackers and think this is a great idea!”
And, he used my arrangement!
What are the chances… Coincidence or conspiracy?
I really think it all happened because God caught me having fun! And he took off with the idea! =)
It’s been 5 years.
I’m writing all of this today because this Christmas marks 5 years since I started tinkering with DIY video production. As I reflect back, please keep in mind this one very important insight:
Business doesn’t have to be so grueling.
In fact, the BEST business ideas come up “on accident,” or from having fun, or from goofing off.
For the past few weeks, my personal focus has been “marry the process, not the goal.” I’ve fallen in love over and over and over again with dancing on stage at Pink Martini concerts with friends, planting seeds for our private practice, finding humor in every day stuff, exercising, creating a new program for 2015, decorating our home, dressing up the cats, trying new recipes.
Here we are at Pink Martini! =)
Sometimes we need a reminder to just have fun.
Speaking of FUN, I’m doing a live webinar for therapy business owners in just a couple weeks. I hope you can join me! This will be great opportunity for us to hang out, throw ideas around. You can ask me questions, and we can have a great time together kicking off 2015.
As for TODAY, do something just for the heck of it. No agenda, no results-oriented intentions, no goals, no cause-and-effect, no profit-and-loss. Just do something from your heart because you love it. Do something that fills your soul. Play. Be the artist that you know you are.
What will God “catch you” doing for fun this weekend?
Be well, feel good, and make MUSIC! =) Kat