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Daily Inspiration: Meet Torrey McDowell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Torrey McDowell.

Hi Torrey, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I relocated to Nashville in June of 2021 after feeling completely burnt out from my 9-5. I knew I wanted to pursue music from an artist/songwriter standpoint and I also wanted to give myself a chance to succeed in the industry’s business side. I never gave myself the freedom to move or change industries.

I also never really let myself dream big enough. I think the pandemic put a lot into perspective for me personally. We only get one life and I realized during this time that I was just getting by. I was not living fully. I was not being bold or taking chances and I didn’t want to grow old having lingering thoughts of “what if.” So, I quit my job and found a new one in the industry and moved! Now I get to be surrounded by what I love daily!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to get here has not been smooth, but I think most life changes will be met with resistance. The world will try to hold you back and I think it’s all about testing how much you want whatever it is you seek.

With that, it took two years of consistently applying for jobs in the industry before anything ever worked out. I had also lost just about all of my confidence regarding my music. It took me months to summon the courage to sing publicly in town. It will always be a work in progress, but I am at peace with that.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My 9-5 gig is working full-time for a music business firm downtown. The clients we serve are primarily artists and songwriters, and we take care of their finances. We ensure that all of their bills are paid and that they are properly compensated for their work. I learn something new every single day!

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
I have learned many lessons in my time here in Nashville so I think my answer would differ depending on the time it is asked, but the biggest one right now is the value of believing in yourself and knowing what you bring to the table. I feel like there are so many people in town that are kind and want to help, but there are also many who will not value what you have to offer if you are not verified on social media, have a record deal, or have something to jolt them to stardom.

Watch out for those people and remember that people show you who they are by their actions more than their words.

Work hard to keep yourself grounded so that you respect people where they are at that moment instead of looking for only immediate career-beneficial relationships as well.

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Libby Danforth (https://www.instagram.com/libbydanforth/) Jon Walder (https://www.instagram.com/post92photography/) and Makeup: Jessie Clark (https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyjessiec/)

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