Paying It Forward

When I graduated Berklee in 20002 they had a great career assistance program in place.  This program allowed recent grads to get in touch with successful musicians who were living in the city the recent graduate was planning on moving to.
I didn't know very much about Chicago nor did I know much about the music business here.  I just knew I wanted to be there.  I received many great tips along the way about the best neighborhoods to live in, restaurants to eat at, how to avoid parking tickets, how to get around the city, and much more .  Most importantly, they shared with me some great tips on where were the places to go to get my music career moving on the fast track and which places were "dead ends" so to speak.  I'm quite certain they saved me hundreds of hours of wasted time.   They contributed to my success immeasurably.
Fast forward to today.  A reader by the name of Justin contacted me saying he wanted to move to Chicago to start his music career.  We spoke at length for about an hour about music and doing music successfully in Chicago. I can never forget the help I received along the way.  I can only hope I was able to help Justin make his decision a bit easier for him.

My parents instilled in me a concept called "paying it forward"  The basic concept is helping others in repayment of sorts for the help you've received in previous times.  I can only hope I was able to satisfy that principle today.  Good luck Justin and Chicago welcomes you!

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