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Daily Inspiration: Meet Richard Tichelman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Tichelman.

Hi Richard, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Music became of interest when I was nine years old. I had an hour-long drive to get to school and my little iPod nano became a great company. I surprised my parents later that year by singing at a parent’s lunch at my school, with both my parents gently in full support it became a long-lasting staple in my life.

I started playing small festivals around town and found opportunities to do this thing that I loved. As I got older that hunger brought me across Canada and down into the states, I had my own music and was playing bigger venues and festivals, and won a few accolades along the way.

Just before the pandemic, I decided to chase some change in my profession, I wanted to hear and experience new sounds so I did just that. The past two years have to lead me to the brink of an album that feels so close to home and has proved it was a journey worth setting out on.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Performing has always been something I’ve found comfort in, how I felt off stage was where that confidence lacked. In my late teens I decided to “Fake it till I make it”, by then I knew how to put on the hat of the performer when I needed it.

Over time “Faking it” evolved into me becoming more comfortable with who I am as an individual, and learned that if you wanna pave your own way, you’ll learn a lot about how strong and capable you truly are.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
A musician might to broad of a title, but specifically, I am a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist who’s got a love for putting on a show.

Letting loose at a live performance is where I catch the most eyes and people’s attention. There are plenty of things I love in life but I’m proud of the fact I haven’t quit, I’ve let myself grow, get stuck, and move slowly, but never stop.

Keeping the mindset of a good beginner helps with that.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
My father always quotes “Luck is the crossroads of opportunity and preparation”. I’ve learnt what being unprepared in the face-off luck feels like, and I’ll tell ya it doesn’t feel so good.

So if luck is something you believe in, there’s no guarantee it may cross your path, and even if it doesn’t hard work will always pick up luck’s slack and bring you in the right direction.

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