Having Too Many Careers.

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    May 15, 2014 5:07 PM GMT
    What's up everyone on the forums. I was curious about your opinions on this certain subject.

    I currently have 3 or 4 different things i am doing for work. And i feel i am overwhelming myself a little.

    Currently i am going to film school at UCLA. My major is sound design and i have been working on commercials, short films, music videos etc. On the side from the schooling part.

    I also recently got back into composing music. I have learned to play 12 instruments since i was 9. Some i am great on, others just ok to average. But i have been putting them into good use doing music for commercials and short films.

    AND on the side side from that icon_lol.gif i also work at a supplement store part time as well. That is a job where i get to do my other biggest passion (fitness and nutrition) i get to help others, work with supplements for a few hours, and also get to volunteer at local gyms and martial arts schools.

    I really enjoy doing all of these jobs honestly. But feel i am doing a little too much. I'm currently 23, and i believe working hard every single day is what gets you ahead in life. But I'm afraid I'm setting myself up for failure by doing too much. And eventually won't have time to do all of these things.

    Sorry this is so long (I saw that thread about long paragraphs :lolicon_smile.gif

    But what do y'all think? is it good or bad to have so many jobs at once? should i instead pick 1 or 2 and stick with it?
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    May 15, 2014 5:08 PM GMT
    Why on earth should our opinions matter on this? If you feel like you're not giving any one of your interests enough attention, cut back on whatever you need to cut back on and focus on the ones you do better.
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    May 15, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    As long as you're not suffering any physical or mental issues from working all of these then I say go for it! I work about 45 hours a week and attend college full time and that's enough to make me crash so I don't know how you do it. Keep it up bro! icon_smile.gif
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    May 15, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    I can sort of relate. I more or less have 3 jobs, 2 paid and 1 unpaid. If I had to give up one of them I wouldnt be able to choose. My full-time is where I get my benefits. My part-time pays incredibly well. My volunteer work is one of the most important things I have done in my life.

    All of this has really taken my life. I have no social life, I am the guy that always has something to do. So my take on your situation is that if you are willing to sacrifice a life, keep doing what you are doing. If not, then make a pro/con list and give one up.


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    May 15, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidWhy on earth should our opinions matter on this? If you feel like you're not giving any one of your interests enough attention, cut back on whatever you need to cut back on and focus on the ones you do better.


    Cause some of you are older than me. And probably have been in a similar situation before. No harm in asking sharky icon_smile.gif i do actually listen when others tell me things on here icon_smile.gif
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    May 15, 2014 6:18 PM GMT
    dudewithabeard saidI can sort of relate. I more or less have 3 jobs, 2 paid and 1 unpaid. If I had to give up one of them I wouldnt be able to choose. My full-time is where I get my benefits. My part-time pays incredibly well. My volunteer work is one of the most important things I have done in my life.

    All of this has really taken my life. I have no social life, I am the guy that always has something to do. So my take on your situation is that if you are willing to sacrifice a life, keep doing what you are doing. If not, then make a pro/con list and give one up.




    EEEEEK! that is a big problem dude. The social life aspect can be hit or miss. I always have to be that guy who can never go to the party or to the event. And that does kind of suck after awhile. But it's apart of growing up, working hard, and moving ahead in life. At least in my eyes it is.
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    May 15, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidAs long as you're not suffering any physical or mental issues from working all of these then I say go for it! I work about 45 hours a week and attend college full time and that's enough to make me crash so I don't know how you do it. Keep it up bro! icon_smile.gif


    icon_lol.gif So you know exactly what I'm talking about. How do you like doing what you do? outside of school.
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    May 15, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    One bad (or good thing depending how you view it) thing about it i'm a go getter. Literally! if i wanna do something i just do it.

    I woke up one day and wanted to start quote on quote ''body building'' i had just quit my gym membership in 2010. I woke up a year later one day telling myself i wanna be bigger. That very day i joined a gym and have been going there non stop sense.

    When i wanted to learn bass... the next day i bought a bass. And have been playing sense. One day i even randomly decided to finish learning Thai! and i did that... then moved on to another language.

    Being a go getter can be a little crazy though. It definitely has it's pros and cons.
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    May 15, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 said
    JumpMan_Josh saidAs long as you're not suffering any physical or mental issues from working all of these then I say go for it! I work about 45 hours a week and attend college full time and that's enough to make me crash so I don't know how you do it. Keep it up bro! icon_smile.gif


    icon_lol.gif So you know exactly what I'm talking about. How do you like doing what you do? outside of school.


    Ahh well my job is just typical retail so can't say I necesarrily enjoy it, but in my offtime I produce/edit videos using Sony Vegas and other editing programs, go to the gym, play video games, and just chill. I have several different hobbies I'm working on and I find that if I'm having fun with it I don't feel so drained!
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    May 15, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
    some people just manage to take on more than the average person, and that is a bit of a blessing.

    start trying to combine your passions and what you are good at, that is where you may be most productive. from the resume you wrote, it looks like you can reinvent the jane fonda workout : /
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    May 15, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
    Prioritize. Keep in mind which are the more important things and don't lose your focus on them. In your case it sounds like that would be music and film since that's what you're in school for.
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    May 15, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I had a wonderful friend for the last about 20 years before he died who had numerous careers and was probably one of the most satisfied, smartest guys ever to grace my life.

    Early in life he was a freedom fighter, at one time imprisoned by the PerĂ³nes. He was an English teacher, then either a dentist or doctor (I forget which), he was a psychologist and taught at Menninger's and he ended life working as a psychiatrist.

    So accomplished, never described as having had too many careers.
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    May 19, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    OP - sounds like you have a great future and this is a good topic to discuss. While it's hard to say whether you're doing too much, my opinion based upon my experience and seeing others is it's better to have a full plate than have any idle time. In addition to giving you the opportunity to accomplish more things, it gives you a success oriented mindset. Reminds me of an old expression: If you need something done, go to the busy person because he will find time to do it. The not so busy person will always be too busy to take on more.
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    May 19, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    You are young and finding your way. Eventually you will hone in one thing you want to do. For now, you are learning a lot.
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    May 19, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
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    May 19, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    The answer is simple: Do what makes YOU happy. However, if any of the other activities is adversely affecting your education, I say your education comes first and you should drop the extracurriculars that may be causing your school work to suffer. You can pick up learning other instruments after your formal education is complete.
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    May 19, 2014 5:00 PM GMT
    The OP should stick with his biggest passion which is fitness and nutrition and focus on it. He's trying to balance too many jobs and that could take away from his potential to grow in the field he really enjoys.
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    May 19, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    I agree with the others that say do what makes you happy.

    That said? I would suggest cutting back to two.

    1) the one that makes you happy

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    2) your education

    Speaking from experience, once you step away from Uni? Chances are you'll have a very hard road trying to make it back. It's better to finish it up than step away and realize later that you screwed up by not sticking with it.
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    May 20, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    You are learning how to multi-task, a desirable skill
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    May 21, 2014 5:13 AM GMT
    Just don't burnout
  • coyoteandhawk

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    May 21, 2014 6:25 AM GMT
    do as much as you can and keep doing it. enjoy everything it offers you. do not question your motives.
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    May 22, 2014 2:28 AM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 said
    dudewithabeard saidI can sort of relate. I more or less have 3 jobs, 2 paid and 1 unpaid. If I had to give up one of them I wouldnt be able to choose. My full-time is where I get my benefits. My part-time pays incredibly well. My volunteer work is one of the most important things I have done in my life.

    All of this has really taken my life. I have no social life, I am the guy that always has something to do. So my take on your situation is that if you are willing to sacrifice a life, keep doing what you are doing. If not, then make a pro/con list and give one up.




    EEEEEK! that is a big problem dude. The social life aspect can be hit or miss. I always have to be that guy who can never go to the party or to the event. And that does kind of suck after awhile. But it's apart of growing up, working hard, and moving ahead in life. At least in my eyes it is.


    I don't necessarily agree. I work hard when I want to or have to, and I relax and clear my mind at other times, or fill that time with socializing. Socializing is a very important part of human interaction (witness how people go quite literally insane if they haven't had human contact for long periods of time).

    Things you should work hard at:

    -Your mind (this also can fall into the career category, as it does with me. I use serious brain power every day as my job is highly mathematical)
    -Your body (when you get old, if you are out of shape, you'll really feel it in a bad way)
    -A career you're passionate about. Keep in mind that what gets you noticed at work is how passionate you are about what you do, and the results you get from it, not how long you're there.


    Take things in moderation. Cliche advice but it's true from my experience.



    If I were you, I'd do the following:

    1. Concentrate on school and finish it on time, and compose as you have time as it ties into school.

    2. Continue your supplement store work as you don't want to drop any deeper into debt as a student, and you seem to enjoy it a lot.

    3. Drop the volunteering UNTIL you're done school! Once school is over, you can pick it back up.

  • doriangrey77

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    May 22, 2014 8:25 AM GMT
    You sound like you're a very talented, accomplished guy who derives a lot of satisfaction from your activities and pursuits.

    While I won't comment on your specific questions, I'll rather give you a piece of somewhat unrelated advice.

    If the following doesn't describe anything you'd be thinking of, please forgive me / ignore my words.

    Please do not even attempt to incorporate a new man into your life--I mean, not even someone just for friendship, let alone a boyfriend thing.

    You have no time for anyone, for any purpose. The only exception would be someone who just participates in one of your activities with you. But even then, a new guy in your life might expect that if you're interested in doing activities together that you'd at least be interested in friendship apart from the activities.

    Please don't set him up for disappointment.
  • toybrian

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    May 22, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    I also have many jobs also and do not feel bad about it. I worl f/t making hospital beds for a living and love that job and then I work for Toy R Us for a few nights and love working that job p/t also and I am Geoffrey the giraffe for NJ/PA/ area and I love that a lot. I love to see the kids faces when they see me and have been tackled and knocked over many times but I get back up and have also been in more pics than most celebrity. If you are not grumpy and tired a lot then do it till your body says enough and then think about it then. Good luck to you.
  • FitGwynedd

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    May 22, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    I used to be a bus driver. I loved the job but hated my employer, so on Wednesday I quit. I'm much happier now.