So here at Mimosas with Michael, we wanted to do something new and different. We thought it would be neat to include online articles and interviews of people who have fun and exciting ventures going on – and that we could share with our audience.
We decided to launch our first interview with Barbara Spoor, who at the age of 25 walked off her job to follow her passion…and started a blog in the process.
1. First off, I’d like to ask what inspired you to start your blog ‘I Quit My Job at 25’
Writing has always been a big passion of mine. The week of my 25th birthday, I was going through a really big shift in how I was thinking about the life I was living. It’s funny, because there was absolutely nothing wrong with my life coming from a logical stand point. I had a great job with a Major Hollywood Studio. I lived in an amazing house, I had great friends, my bills were paid for the most part.. I just wasn’t moving forward. That was something I fought with internally for a really long time, because people were constantly telling me how lucky I was, and I felt like it should just be enough. I was, and still am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity that I did, because it came at the most perfect time in my life (which is another story). I just kind of had a moment where I realized I was still young, and had all of the time in the world to work for someone else. I wasn’t really utilizing any of my creative talents in the work I was doing. I knew at that rate, I’d never make any progress with any of it if I stayed in the position I was in. I made the decision to quit my job that week, which certainly wasn’t an easy decision. Every question and concern possible ran through my head, but in the end I believed I made the right choice. I decided I wanted to share my story with anyone who would listen in hopes it might reach someone who needs a little inspiration… and so, ‘I Quit My Job At 25’ was born.
2. So what did you learn from working for a MAJOR studio?
I learned a lot about the entertainment industry as a whole. I was in a corporate role, and my department had to pay close attention to what was going on in the media. There are a lot of layers to giant companies, and really the goal at the end of the day is for them to make more money than they did the day before. The way I saw it, I was putting all of my energy into making someone else’s dream come true, when I had big dreams of my own.
3. When you were 17, what was your reason for moving to Los Angeles?
Well, I’ve been writing lyrics to songs since I was 12, and I’ve been involved in the business side of the entertainment industry since I was 15. I started interning for management companies, and working for bands through Myspace in 2008. I took a trip to LA for a bunch of events one summer, and I fell in love with the city. I’m from a very small town in Upstate NY, and there weren’t very many opportunities for the things I wanted to do in the area I was in.
4. Did that dream change after you moved here? After working for the major studio?
I think my dream just changed direction throughout the course of my time in LA. Living there was definitely a huge dream I didn’t want to let go of for a really long time. I am still in love with the city as a whole, but as anyone who lives there would know, it’s not the easiest to conquer financially, so I had to give it up for the time being. My amazing job was only fulfilling the purpose of paying my bills, and there wasn’t really any significant projected growth. Even though I was living in LA, which I thought was the most important step to the dream, it turned out that I didn’t end up having much time at all to work on my music and do what needed to be done. My dreams are still pretty much the same, I’m just on a different path. Basically, I’m just finding a different way to make it work.
5. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to follow their dream?!
My first piece of advice would definitely be to stop doubting yourself. Stop making up reasons in your head that it won’t work, and find a way that it can. There are always little steps you can take towards achieving your dream that aren’t quite as drastic as quitting your job, and uprooting your entire life. Start believing in yourself, and your talents, and passions, and create the life that will make you happiest. The best thing for me has ironically been finding awesome podcasts to listen to. There are so many great shows out there that will speak to you, and just fill you with so much inspiration to do something great. Utilize all of the tools that you have available to you right now.
BIO for Barbara Spoor
Barbara Spoor was born and raised in a three-stoplight-town in Upstate New York. As a teenager, Barbara found an interest in writing songs, and working within different areas of the Entertainment Industry. At the age of 17, she packed her bags, and left her small town, behind to chase her dreams in Los Angeles. While living in LA, Barbara gained experience on the business end of the industry, began writing for other artists, and launched a singing career of her own under the stage name Lucy Rae. In 2014, Barbara had what she calls her “Cinderella Moment,” and landed a job with a Major Hollywood Studio. She spent the next three years working at her corporate level job until the week of her 25th Birthday, when she decided to quit her job to continue pursuing her passions. Over the course of the last few months, Barbara has been continuously learning, and making steps towards her biggest dreams. Barbara’s blog, ‘I Quit My Job At 25’, is documentation of her journey in this latest phase of her life