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Daily Inspiration: Meet Josh Del

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Del. 

Hi Josh, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I picked up my first guitar in the third grade and writing songs came shortly after that. I knew that I always wanted to be a musician, but the goal didn’t seem all that possible. Being the only musician in my family, I didn’t really have a lot of direction or advice on how to pursue a career in music. That kind of knowledge is super handy to have in the beginning, but I slowly started to figure it out. I played in bands and wrote songs all the way up through college. It wasn’t until I graduated from my four-year university that the dream of working in music started to die. I was discouraged to say the least. I was broke, not a lot of money was coming in and on top of that, I had to start paying some real adult bills. 

Seeing how I always had a fascination for photography, I sold off all of my vintage guitars and amps and bought a camera set up. Once I did that, I started working my way up that ladder, starting with some school portraits, then local newspaper and eventually reaching getting some shots in Billboard, Rolling Stone, and even some European Vogue publications. I was making money, meeting interesting people, and getting to travel in a luxurious way, just like I had always wanted. There was one problem though. I wanted to be the guy in the magazines, not just the one who took the picture. “Close is for horseshoes and hand grenades,” is a common expression and that applies to dreams too. You can get close to something you want, but if you’ve had visions of your dream coming to life, close is never going to cut it. So yeah, now we are here, haha. I started pursuing music again full time after a five-year hiatus and I have been working full time in the industry for about the past three years now. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely, not a smooth road, but is anything that’s ever worth it considered “smooth”? I think with all things creative, most of the time you are essentially a freelancer, so there is no safety net, no benefits, no 401k. So, I have no bad feelings toward anyone who gives up the dream, because there are so many nights, I spent lying in bed wide awake, wondering if I made a mistake with my life, going after the things I want. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am kind of an all-hats guy. I am a writer, producer, and artist. I basically had to learn to do everything myself because I was either spending way too much money on projects or having to wait way too long for anything to get accomplished. So now I write and perform the songs and twist the dials as well. I even still shoot a lot of my own promo photos, haha. It has been great for me to have an actual understanding of what I want from start to finish on a record and now I get to help others discover that too. I would say whether it’s as a producer or songwriter, I am great at getting in the head of the person I am working with. I feel like once you can understand a little bit about how someone operates, then you can start to dig deep within them and pull out some really rare gems. 

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Share like about me or advice? I would say life is a marathon, not a sprint. Nothing is overnight, but make sure to sustain yourself and keep refining your craft. I will forever be a student and I think that outlook is super beneficial. 

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