Hi, I’m Eira Joy Aringay, the writer behind Dear Future Boss and host of our affiliated podcast.
So if you’re a multi-passionate creator like me, often feeling directionless, inadequate and uncertain about where you’re going – trust that your every experience is shaping you somehow – even if the reasons aren’t immediately apparent.
My hope is that you will be encouraged to take the time to reminisce your own life, writing down all of your failures, experiments and achievements up until now. Because creative people, more often than not, criticise the quality of the outcome rather than celebrate the growth that comes from progress.
The Life & Times of
a Multi-Passionate Creative
A brief look into some memories, achievements, experiments and failures thus far.
Since studying Media at high school, I fell in love with filmmaking and dreamed of being a director one day. For my final uni project, I produced a short film with original songs and score. I was ambitious trying to write and produce music as well as direct the thing. I wanted to impress a local director who inspired my work and I was so nervous knowing she would be attending our student showcase. I didn’t get the reception I was hoping for but as I look back now, I’m proud that I poured everything I had into that project. Maybe that was courage.
On a weekend trip to Sydney, my sister and I came up with a new project idea where we could bring together our shared passions. We soon launched online platform Sisters & Stuff where we could express everything that motivates us in life and where we could help empower other women through creative storytelling, inspired conversation and social purpose.
One of the key things I learned doing gigs with my sister was the sheer hard work it takes behind the scenes to be an independent performer and musician. You are effectively running your own business – managing and marketing yourself to get ongoing work. At this stage of my life, given I was working full-time, I sought opportunities where I could just sing and not have to worry about everything else. So after several auditions, I landed a gig as the lead vocalist for Voodoo, a corporate covers band. I was happy to be able to sing in an established band managed by someone else, but I was wrong to think that just being the singer wouldn’t be hard work.