Printer smashing, a la Office Space, optional. (Image via mentalfloss.com)
Once upon a time, I was working in marketing for a major restaurant chain. It was a great experience, but like most jobs in the corporate world, it became monotonous (and slightly soul-sucking). One meeting in particular stood out the most. I had prepared a 10-plus page social media research document showcasing what our consumers disliked about our brand. It was one of many that I had done, and like the others, it was completely overlooked. "It's too targeted." "That's not what I've heard from my region." We even had a few, "Social media is a terrible research tool. Our issue is that we should call it famous chicken and waffles. We need that buzzword." Yikes.
Meanwhile, my phone was vibrating in my pocket. Emails were coming in from my freelance clients, my musicians and labels that I was writing for and consulting with – something I enjoyed doing! I knew I had to make a change. Sure, it was safe. I had an "important" title, but at the end of the day, I was miserable.
A few weeks later, I left my job and dove right into working full-time in the music industry. Drawing on my work background with major labels as well as my job in advertising – and yes, even experience from the aforementioned restaurant chain – I'm proud that I have been able to make it work.
But that's not to say it hasn't been tough! There are still some ways in which I'm adjusting. Looking back, there are definitely some things I would have done to make this transition a bit easier. So, before you contemplate telling your boss you're hitting the road for the big city (or your local venue), here are seven questions you may want to ask yourself.