• Sam Tier

A reason to try

Why did I send that?

That was my exact thought after submitting my entry to Matt D’Avella for his jingle competition. The second I had pressed the send button the doubts started. Was it good enough? Was it funny enough? Why did I bother when there would be so many better entries than mine?

Like most creators, I get excited to build but reluctant to share. The writing and recording of my jingle had been the fun part, I’d pretty much been laughing the entire time. Then, as soon as it came time to send it, I started to question my work.

To put this into context, I have been watching Matt D’Avella on YouTube and listening to his podcast The Ground Up Show for about 4 or 5 months. His content has made a big impression on me and has helped me be more proactive and creative. Writing this blog is part of that process.

Matt is trying to get The Rock to appear as a guest on his podcast and needed a catchy jingle to play for the segment. The second I heard him mention it I got to work and quickly started coming up with ideas. I had my jingle all planned out, I took a shower and had then rewritten the whole thing in my head and was ready to lay it down.

The recording process was pretty fast, some ukulele, harmonica and a shaker were all it needed. It was soon ready to send, I hesitated but then I made myself send it.

I didn’t even think I would hear back. Despite the fact that I’d had such fun making it, I had convinced myself that it wasn’t good enough. Like most people, I’m my own worst critic.

But, I did hear back… It was Matt telling me that he really liked it and that it was his girlfriend’s favourite so far. I didn’t expect that all! He told me that he would be playing it on The Ground Up Show and of course I was over the moon. To be able to listen and hear myself on the show was enough for me. If nothing else I had been played on a podcast I love.

A couple of weeks went by when I received an email to say that I was down to the final 4 and that the winner would be decided by vote. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited yet extremely nervous. I’d already heard the other entries and honestly, I didn’t think I stood a chance.

I shared it with my friends and family and then put it to the back of my mind. I didn’t want to think too much about it or get carried away. It was out of my hands now.

A week later I was at my girlfriend’s house when I saw a notification on my phone, It was Matt.

I had won!

I couldn’t believe it, I had no idea what to say or do. You see, Matt had not only told me that I had won, he also mentioned that he would be in the UK in a couple of weeks and asked if I would like to film something. Insane. I could actually be a part of his channel.

This has really given me a huge confidence boost and has shown me the importance of trying. It has opened a new door and has let me work with someone I look up to and respect.

The moral of this story is that no matter how much self-doubt you have, or how much you think you suck, unless you put yourself out there, you’ll never know what could have been.

I’ll leave you with a quote that has always stuck in my mind and something I try to live by:

“It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

If you’d like to check out my new acoustic EP, you can listen here.


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