Today on PassionBlueprint, I’m excited to chat with former professional opera singer and current Director of Fair Tax Mark, Emily Kenway. Emily has a unique story to share with us, one of transitioning from being a professional freelance singer to follow her true passion of working in the nonprofit industry. She trained and worked as a professional opera singer for over 7 years, before leaving to follow her passion in non-profits.
In this episode, Emily shares her journey of being at the top of her career to following her passion and starting over at the bottom rung of a new career ladder. She offers valuable tips and insight to other professionals considering starting a new career path, such as how to overcome other people’s expectations as well as your own self-doubt and fear.
“You have to listen to your heart, not to those perceived expectations.” – Emily Kenway
What Emily and I talk about:
The moment she realized she no longer wanted a career in singing.
How she overcame other people’s expectations and prevent them from affecting her decisions.
What belief she had that helped carry her through the fear of starting a new career.
The steps she took to overcome her fear.
How to be self-critical without taking it too far.
The biggest challenge she faced while switching careers.
What it was like for her going from the “top” in her singing career to starting at the bottom in the nonprofit industry.
Why she believes having a humble spirit at the beginning of a new career can help you get further.
Her suggestions to people currently unhappy in their current career, but reluctant to change due to their tenure length.
How she dealt with imposter syndrome
What she did to prevent letting her fears stop her from pursuing her passion.
The brightest moment in her new career.
Her philosophy on dreaming big.
What she knows now that she wished she knew when she made her career change.
The importance of having a realistic perspective while still allowing yourself to dream and having the passion to hold them together.