I was told recently that I make things look so easy. I was really surprised as a lot of the time I feel like I am teetering on the edge! Looking back over the decade, it certainly wasn’t easy and I am now feeling much more myself. So, perhaps that is it…it looks easy because I found what I am meant to be doing.
I am asked a lot these days about what my ten-year plan is and I usually say “I don’t know”…during the last decade, I did not know what was going to happen. I just knew, and have always known, that playing the piano is what I am meant to do. I have followed that throughout my life and it has led to some amazing places. During my 30s, I learnt more about saying no to things I didn’t really want to do, even if they fit in with playing the piano. The main one was holding a 9-5 job. It was not me, it turned me into someone I did not like but as an artist, you often feel like you “have” to do something stable. It helps, I am not saying it doesn’t but for me, it held me back in so many ways. Once I left, my world changed. I won my first major touring contract which then led to Emma Knights Productions being created!
If you had asked me ten years ago whether I wanted to own my own company, I would have said nope! In 2010, Emma Knights Productions was not a dream I had, nor was it something I had even thought of. By 2019, it had achieved so much and it is easy when you are so in it to forget that. I do try and plan out a bit more now but not to the point where if something exciting comes up I am so stuck in the plan.
So, here is a look at what happened in the last decade. I have thrown a few significant personal tidbits in as well because it is important to remember and make time for those life-changing unexpected life moments.