Fan Bass: Passions & Careers

July 18th, 2011

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Bassnectar in KalamazooLorin answers another of your questions for our growing Fan Bass Q&A archive. If you’ve got a question click here to submit it, and as always feel free to discuss this thread below, and ask more questions or offer further advice to your Bass Head family!

QUESTION:

I recently had quite a scare and may not be able to attend the expensive private college I’ve worked really hard to get into. My mother asked me “what interests you in life, what do you like?” so that we could make a plan B, and all I could think was concerts. I LOVE light shows, Bassnectar’s in particular, and I always thought it was really interesting when we got a glimpse into the production of them in your tourcam videos.

Where on earth would one go to develop a skill like that? The light shows at a Nectar concert are top notch and I’m curious as to how I could get trained and involved in such a thing. This is totally unrelated to anything, and i didn’t know where to post it so I put it here. Thank you! – anon

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It is awesome that your family is encouraging you to think about this stuff. And I think maintaining a flexible approach to life is very smart! Be it “Plan B”, or “Plan C”, or “Plan D”, or “Plan A.432 – x(Plan C – Plan B)” ….stay flexible and think outside the box.

In reference to “what interests you in life, what do you like?” – I think this is a very good question to ask, and although I have no official “correct answer” I am quite happy to offer some insight:

First, separate this into 2 different issues.

1. What interests you, what do you enjoy doing, what makes you happy?
2. What is your plan in life for supporting yourself and developing a career?

The question of how to be a professional Lighting Designer is a totally separate question altogether, let’s address it at another time.

I think there are many more important things to learn before deciding one very specific or specialized trade.

The following is a very IDEALISTIC suggestion, so if some of this does not work for you, just see if you can glean anything useful from it and customize your own approach:

Spend the first two years after high school at a liberal arts college (i went to a ‘public’ university called UCSC in California), and explore a broad range of subjects in the pursuit of a well rounded education. Take literature classes, and study new perspectives and ideas. Expand your discussion skills, and practice thinking critically and comparatively. Take history classes, and see how similar humanity is to itself from generation to generation. Learn from our rich and complex past. Take anthropology classes, and study culture, learn how diverse and strange (yet also strangely familiar) other people are. Take sociology, and study society, communication, how people relate to each other. Take psychology, and study how the mind works, how thoughts and ideas are created, retained, and shared. Combine this with philosophy classes as you study what constitutes a mind, a personality, and how do personalities relate to the world around them. Take science classes, math classes, economics, business, communications, public relations, etc etc. Cultivate a richer understanding of our complex world, in part so that you can understand how you fit in, and what your options are for navigating through it successfully. (Maybe take a second and pause to define what “success” means to you, then check in with yourself about it periodically and watch how your definition changes from year to year).

Then decide* in general, would you rather pursue your ultimate passions in life in a single, comprehensive way? Or instead, in a dualistic way that separates the two?

This single, comprehensive approach would mean combining your career (how you make money, buy food & medicine, eventually afford a family or a house, …how do you PAY FOR all the necessities in life) with your passion (that which delights you on the most natural and basic levels, despite its monetary value: what would you enjoy most if you had zero financial concerns and could do anything you wanted?). By combining them, they become the same thing. So an actor or professional dancer is both following their passion *AND* supporting themselves at the same time.

Then there is the dualistic approach where you separate the two, and find a career that supports you financially, so that you can spend your free time doing whatever you wish (pursuing your passions, exploring new ones, whatever you wish).

*When deciding between the two approaches, keep in mind that as important as this decision is, it is ok to simply make the best decision possible, and if it turns out to be problematic, you can always try again in a different way, or make a different decision. A big part of life is learning from our mistakes as we constantly improve and grow.

(NOTE: Although I happen to appear to have combined my career and my passion, I would argue that I am a very rare exception to the rule, and while I am happy to share things about how I got where I am today, I think it is less relevant, because of the nuances and idiosyncrasies of my particular life and personality.)

So I would move forward by suggesting that you pursue the dualistic path, of pursuing both a career and a passion. And of course over time you can develop multiple careers, and multiple passions, and these can all overlap organically. But in reference to where to start, how to begin, and how to form a plan, I would suggest:

1. Attend a liberal arts university and pursue a rich, diverse education. Explore possible subjects and topics, build relationships with teachers and fellow students. Practice discipline by managing your work flow, and excelling at your classes. If you cannot afford a university, then research the best possible community colleges. Some people find really good ones (Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz is one of the best community colleges in the country) and choose to stay there as long as possible, transferring to an official University only for the final courses and degree. Others use it as a stepping stone to transfer into another college as soon as possible. Part of the success here is simply surviving the journey. At times college will be boring, lonely, painful, stressful, challenging, expensive, almost impossible-feeling, etc. But managing these tasks, and excelling at them builds skills within your personality that are invaluable.

2. Do what it takes: Many people need to work while they attend school, and this can also be a good thing, not only because you generate money, but you generate valuable work experience. You can learn how to be a good employee and follow directions, you can learn how to compromise and get along with other people you otherwise wouldn’t associate with. If you can afford the luxury, donate your time as a volunteer, helping people who otherwise could not afford your assistance. Or find a business, or artist, or organization that you are passionate about and become an intern. This is an excellent way to move forward as often times people cannot afford to pay you at first when you lack qualifications. But you can earn those qualifications through experience, making yourself invaluable as a volunteer, and inevitably moving forward to a paid position. Our own Ms. Lia Holland is an excellent example of this approach. Maybe she wants to share some insight too.
(I truly think apprenticing programs and internships are an increasingly wise and powerful alternative to college, but this is a loaded topic, not an easy one to quickly discuss).

3. Then, while working on your personality in a responsible way (meaning training, schooling, work, and all the things that will increase your ability to earn a better living in the future) I also suggest allowing yourself to simply explore passions. What do you enjoy? What makes you happy? Expand your community by joining or forming clubs and getting involved in things you enjoy. Read amazing books, or take some classes for fun, as a way to allow your mind to explore interesting topics. Spend less time simply partying, and more time building relationships, exploring recreational activities, and learning how to cultivate your creativity. Doing this in tandem with hard work at school (or a job, or an internship) is a healthy way to form a well-rounded personality.

I can see the initial fear of having to change your plans last minute, but not being able to avoid expensive private education is not the end of the world. Most people do not ever have this luxury in the first place, and there are many many many diverse ways of exploring yourself and the world around you, and experiencing a deeply meaningful and satisfying life. I suggest you set some goals for yourself, in conjunction with your parents or close friends, and also in conjunction with a counsellor.

Counseling is such a crucially valuable and understated practice in today’s society. Seeking guidance is a sign that a person is humble and curious, not arrogant and close minded. Find someone who is smart, professionally trained, can assist you in exploring your options, setting some goals, and follow along as time passes and you react to the way your life unfolds. Critical thinking is one of the most valuable tools you can cultivate (along with communication in general) because it is like a highway towards insight which you can use to improve your life in general.

Some specific suggestions:
1. Spend less time “seeking fun” or “partying” …while there is a special time and place for celebration, making it a lifestyle can have very negative consequences. Specifically avoid drugs or alcohol, and spend time strengthening yourself, your mind, and your body.

2. Find a good therapist or even a college counsellor, and begin identifying your strengths & weaknesses, forming some goals & objectives, and practice analyzing yourself with a constructively critical perspective.

3. Explore possible places you would like to live (weather, economy, social options, nature vs urban, etc etc) and see what colleges and job options exist in those places.

4. As much as possible avoid stressing or worrying about making the right choices immediately. Spend the next few months or years exploring what you life and what you excel at. Form good qualities like discipline, independence, dedication, critical thinking.

5. Prioritize your health (diet, exercise, sleep) as a basic way of staying disciplined.

Maybe some of this stuff helps…

It is just a stream of consciousness suggestion off the top of my head. It may be full of inaccuracies, or perhaps it applies less to you in your specific case. Just take it as one of many opinions, and see how it compares to your own opinion.

:)
L

  • matt

    will you be at burning man??   )’(

  • Pshmitty

    Bassnectar headphones would be amazing.. getting someone to create headphones specifically for DubWubWub would be a good idea.

  • Pshmitty

    Bassnectar headphones would be amazing.. getting someone to create headphones specifically for DubWubWub would be a good idea.

  • Pshmitty

    Bassnectar headphones would be amazing.. getting someone to create headphones specifically for DubWubWub would be a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    bassnectar, are you god?

  • Anonymous

    bassnectar, are you god?

  • Anonymous

    bassnectar, are you god?

  • Fabio Malpeso

    pleaseeeeee answerrrrr: whatever happend to the family picture of you at nyc irving plaza on november 13th 2009, it was such an epic night and we took a family photo but I’ve been searching it literally for the last 2 years hoping it magically appears. 

    heres the video of it: please tell me you have it somewhere! http://youtu.be/SkBgTsSfzOo you asked some guy to take the photo. whatever happend to it?

  • Fabio Malpeso

    pleaseeeeee answerrrrr: whatever happend to the family picture of you at nyc irving plaza on november 13th 2009, it was such an epic night and we took a family photo but I’ve been searching it literally for the last 2 years hoping it magically appears. 

    heres the video of it: please tell me you have it somewhere! http://youtu.be/SkBgTsSfzOo you asked some guy to take the photo. whatever happend to it?

  • Liddysmit1

    Is there going to be a album from Bass Island???? 

  • Liddysmit1

    Is there going to be a album from Bass Island???? 

  • Andrea

    Hey Lorin, I wanted to say Thanks! Your concert on 4/22/11 in Boston changed my life in so many good ways. My life went from great to shit in one month…and your concert brought me back togather with my soulmate. Your music, your energy, your vibes were so amazing and I am so thankful. I can’t even explain how amazing that night was…I could go on for pages…but I wont :),Your music is truely amazing, you are the king of bass and nobody can mix music the way you do! I do have a question. Have you guys made car window decals? I really want a big bassnectar symbol for my rear window and I wasn’t sure if you guys make them. Anyways keep on doing what you do! I cannot wait to see you again and hopefully you will be a bisco next year!!!

  • Andrea

    Hey Lorin, I wanted to say Thanks! Your concert on 4/22/11 in Boston changed my life in so many good ways. My life went from great to shit in one month…and your concert brought me back togather with my soulmate. Your music, your energy, your vibes were so amazing and I am so thankful. I can’t even explain how amazing that night was…I could go on for pages…but I wont :),Your music is truely amazing, you are the king of bass and nobody can mix music the way you do! I do have a question. Have you guys made car window decals? I really want a big bassnectar symbol for my rear window and I wasn’t sure if you guys make them. Anyways keep on doing what you do! I cannot wait to see you again and hopefully you will be a bisco next year!!!

  • Andrea

    Hey Lorin, I wanted to say Thanks! Your concert on 4/22/11 in Boston changed my life in so many good ways. My life went from great to shit in one month…and your concert brought me back togather with my soulmate. Your music, your energy, your vibes were so amazing and I am so thankful. I can’t even explain how amazing that night was…I could go on for pages…but I wont :),Your music is truely amazing, you are the king of bass and nobody can mix music the way you do! I do have a question. Have you guys made car window decals? I really want a big bassnectar symbol for my rear window and I wasn’t sure if you guys make them. Anyways keep on doing what you do! I cannot wait to see you again and hopefully you will be a bisco next year!!!

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      Thanks for all the feedback Andrea. Just to drop in and mention that we have window clings hitting the store very soon…

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      Thanks for all the feedback Andrea. Just to drop in and mention that we have window clings hitting the store very soon…

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      Thanks for all the feedback Andrea. Just to drop in and mention that we have window clings hitting the store very soon…

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      Thanks for all the feedback Andrea. Just to drop in and mention that we have window clings hitting the store very soon…

  • Andrea

    Hey Lorin, I wanted to say Thanks! Your concert on 4/22/11 in Boston changed my life in so many good ways. My life went from great to shit in one month…and your concert brought me back togather with my soulmate. Your music, your energy, your vibes were so amazing and I am so thankful. I can’t even explain how amazing that night was…I could go on for pages…but I wont :),Your music is truely amazing, you are the king of bass and nobody can mix music the way you do! I do have a question. Have you guys made car window decals? I really want a big bassnectar symbol for my rear window and I wasn’t sure if you guys make them. Anyways keep on doing what you do! I cannot wait to see you again and hopefully you will be a bisco next year!!!

  • Claudiv

    This is the fourth comment/email ive sent asking about making a link on the store page for just the divergent spectrum tshirt.  I already have the digital download (I bought from this site) and want a tshirt now.  Can someone please at least respond with a yes or no???

  • Claudiv

    This is the fourth comment/email ive sent asking about making a link on the store page for just the divergent spectrum tshirt.  I already have the digital download (I bought from this site) and want a tshirt now.  Can someone please at least respond with a yes or no???

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      I already replied to your email you nutter! And I think one of your comments too!

      You can pick up the T-Shirt + Digital pack for $25, which is basically the same price ($20-$25) the t-shirt will cost once it’s in our store, and you get some stickers thrown in. You are not paying $9 again for the digital, or at least the cost of the digital is discounted against the cost of the t-shirt, so it all works out!

      If you don’t want stickers and would rather wait and see if the t-shirt costs $20, it will be in our store ‘a la carte’ in November.

      All good now in your hood?

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      I already replied to your email you nutter! And I think one of your comments too!

      You can pick up the T-Shirt + Digital pack for $25, which is basically the same price ($20-$25) the t-shirt will cost once it’s in our store, and you get some stickers thrown in. You are not paying $9 again for the digital, or at least the cost of the digital is discounted against the cost of the t-shirt, so it all works out!

      If you don’t want stickers and would rather wait and see if the t-shirt costs $20, it will be in our store ‘a la carte’ in November.

      All good now in your hood?

  • Claudiv

    This is the fourth comment/email ive sent asking about making a link on the store page for just the divergent spectrum tshirt.  I already have the digital download (I bought from this site) and want a tshirt now.  Can someone please at least respond with a yes or no???

  • anon.

    the ramblings of a consumers mind.

  • anon.

    the ramblings of a consumers mind.

  • anon.

    the ramblings of a consumers mind.

  • anon.

    the ramblings of a consumers mind.

    • Anonymous

      indeed

      though i dare say you partake in similar communication or at least thought due to the impact of consumerism

      unless you have found some way to overcome this impact, which i am very interested to hear…do tell

      • anon

        Support local farmers, fisherman, etc.. Get a bike or alternate transportation.  Buy what you need and nothing more: food, soap, a roof over your head, clothing(you can get cool stuff at thift shores), don’t spend your money on drugs or alcohol, go to natural medicine doctors, REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE, Do NOT watch TV or movies, don’t join the Illuminati! :D

        • Anonymous

          i do these things (i LOVE riding my bike)
          thank you for offering them up

          however
          everything you listed has economic impact and consumer behavior..it is unavoidable is what i was saying…within our current(tragic) societal construct

          i agree that reducing your individual impact is important to sustain our way of life as we learn and evolve as a species, but you shouldn’t be haughty about it and call people out when there is no black and white to the issue. ex:  some could say that they watch tv or movies and they benefit them through cultural, science, or personal understanding (just touching on the variety of media and its quality…there are GREAT tv shows and movies out there lurking in the outskirts of mediaworld) etc.   

          im not trying to argue with what your saying about living with reduced consumer impact just that your original comment was rash and overstated, and you should see that.

          i absolutely abhor consumerism so you don’t have to preach to this choir :)

          • anon.

            Yes, living with reduced consumer impact is important.  Unless we can find a way to live off the grid, collect building supplies from nature to build a home, grow food from seeds foraged, make your own medicine, and clothing from natural materials, then I guess we have to rely on our current societal structure and currency. I suppose in order to keep learning we need technology too.

          • anon.

            I do believe that this is where the human ego gets involved. Money, knowledge, competition, etc.. More. More. More. Our conditioning from growing up in today’s society. 

    • Anonymous

      indeed

      though i dare say you partake in similar communication or at least thought due to the impact of consumerism

      unless you have found some way to overcome this impact, which i am very interested to hear…do tell

  • ezra davis

    You should be Dubbed Da king of Bass, I dont know qhite how you get your inspiration, buy man you are a superior entertainer, madd big ups to you and yours 

  • ezra davis

    You should be Dubbed Da king of Bass, I dont know qhite how you get your inspiration, buy man you are a superior entertainer, madd big ups to you and yours 

  • Anonymous

    http://soundcloud.com/tobin747/2011-bassnectar-mixtape

    nowhere as good as the live show but i tried hahaha

  • Justin2reutter

    When I graduated from high school I was faced with a lot of the same decisions that anon is going through now.  I made bad decisions and networked with the wrong people.  Due to a lot of drinking and partying I lost sight of my passions and became depressed and self-loathing.  After taking mushrooms (Psilocybin) for the first time, i changed my bad habit’s immediately and began a healthy path forward.  The mind altering effects of the drug allowed me to see true beauty and appreciate life for what it is.  Comedy is a big passion of mine and I believe that timing is one of the most important factors in making a funny joke.  Mushrooms also tapped into this timing and helped me see the  zone i wanted to be in.  I have only taken this drug a handful of times and do not reccomend abusing it.  I feel that bassnectar music can have the same effect on me so try listening to it before you take mushrooms (If anyone really is considering trying them to cure deppression).  -Justin

    • spaceylacey

      the fast forward button to your consciousness :)

  • spaceylacey

    Words of wisdom as usual! Higher education opens a lot of peoples awareness to the global world and our/your position in it. Value it and remember that it is about the journey not the destination. Ive seen so many professors pooring their hearts out, and when i look around i notice people playing on their phones or not even showing up. Absorb youself into that material and find what fires you up. Ive changed my major 3 times. I was passionate about preservation and wanted to make a change for our mother earth and every living creature so I enrolled as a enviro science major. I later realized that law school was not for me so I decided to pursue religious studies and study Vedic literature. After a few years of searching I found where i can really let my strengths shine and still “be the change i want to see in the world” I’ve been interning as an executive assistant for a holistic health co and am on my way to dropping my stail corporate job. The reason i just spilled out my life story is to show you that you have to follow your heart and know what your strengths are. In the end if you pursue it with out worrying so much about the outcome and just drowning in the present blissfilled moment of being a part of it than ull find fullfilment. Be ready to work hard for what you want and make sacrifices sometimes. I started my internship just as a way to aid an effort to spread the yogic lifestyle to others, i didnt expect to have an acutal paying job i just wanted to help and be a part of it. Connect and network with those in your field and pay close attention to their advice, sometimes its not always what you know, its who you know. Enjoy the path to making your dreams come true, its always in your reach!!! live love and light <3

  • Pnabednell

    What to the symbols stand for? can some one tell me please!!

    Bassnectar is the equivelent to Jesus!

    Respect from Portugal!!

    • Anonymous

      which symbols homeslice?

      here is lorins explanation of the bassnectar logo:

      “logo: my dear friend who created the word “bassnectar” helped me create the logo. We searched through books of images and icons, and found something similar to the first original design. We messed with it in photoshop and made it more circular (it almost looked like a bad 1970′s airline logo at first!) and i always took it to be kind of my own ‘yin yang’ interpretation, with an open end that flows out endlessly.

      Depending on the color/contrast, there is one image that is ugly, looks insectlike, or like claws…it is sharp, cold, almost ruthless…or maybe just creepy. or maybe just ALIEN and strange.

      the flipside imagery is beautiful, circular, curved elegantly, sweeping, almost flowerlike…

      i have had a very deep relationship with the understanding of ‘good & bad’ or right and wrong. Although my opinions and perceptions always change, i currently do not really understand life to be either good or bad, but rather open to perception, with everything in a bizzare nondecipherable balance…something that is good for one is bad for another and vice versa.

      Sometimes what is best for the human race is WORST for our planet. Sometimes what is best for a species of animal is WORST for some humans. Sometimes what is best for a beautiful oak tree is worst for mistle-toe that is trying to grow inside of (and live off of) the tree.

      like this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

      it is kind of psycho creepy, but also beautiful.

      and what is bad there? is the ant bad because it is gross looking? it looks like a monster.

      or is it bad because it ruthelessly kills other insects?

      or is the cordiceps bad because it kills the ant so visciously?

      are all the insects bad because they overun their environment?

      are the spores/fungus bad because they keep the insects in check?

      etc etc…

      the logo is about letting go of human dogma (RELIGION!) and surrendering to a much larger universe, but also embracing every miniscule second and tiny experience as PRECIOUS.

      its a permanent, perfect SIMULTANEOUS dichotomy of total insignificance and total significance merged as one into every single flashing second.

      and the logo means a lot of other things too, and you can say it means whatever you want to you as far as im concerned:)

      L”

      as far as any other imagery it is all just fun, interesting, playful art that you can interpret as you please

      • Andrea

        I agree it means alot of different things and maybe something different to each and every individual. I am getting it tattooed not only becuase it represents an artist and music i feel really passionate about, it also represents love. Bassnectars concert changed my life in many different ways but it brought me back togather with the person I love. I know I speal about it all the time on here, but I just love bassnectar and as a fan I can thank him enough for the difference hes made in my life. He is truley so amazing! And I just got out of st.pete and I am over the moon he took a picutre with me. Anyways theres my perspective of a meaning to me :)

        • http://www.bassnectar.net LORIN

          thanks dood :)
          believe it or not *THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME*
          and that’s why i do what i do
          cuz i think when it happens to you, the best reflex/response is to GIVE IT BACK TO OTHERS :)

          L

          • Nick Valenz

            Lorin, you’re a fuckin legend

        • Shasta Lee

          brought me back together with the person i love too.

          SPREAD THE LOVE!!!

          Are you just getting the symbol? Or something else too? I’m so fascinated by Bassnectar tattoos, they’re the shit.

          • http://twitter.com/colleenmcnasty robot_bass

            i’m probably gettin one — i just can’t figure out where! i was considering the bassnectar logo behind each ear, facing opposite directions, ya know? but then i was thinking i might want a slightly more concealed area.

  • Neykysmiles

    This just helped me out so much. Thank you!

  • http://www.zandergreen.com/#recruiter-profile Michael Nelson

    Lorin,
     
    I have noticed your views on renewable energy and I believe are interests are aligned. I am a long time fan & renewable energy consultant and I help startup companies to bring their products to market while keeping the larger companies from buying them out too quickly. Anyway, the reason I am writing is there are a few products that I would like your opinion on that you or any artist could use on tour. I am not selling you anything, just want your honest thoughts on a few greeen/sustainable products that are geared towards venues/clubs/shows. Send me an email to Michael@ZanderGreen.com . Take my word on this one, there is one company that I know you will want to see.  I am attending the NYE show in Nashville and we cannot wait! (oh and feel free to mashup #9 from freak beat)

  • sandycheeks

    First of all, you’re the man and I love that all your songs are so experimental and different, but i KNOW when I hear Bassnectar and it instantly makes me feel good (or better). I made this woodcut in my printmaking class over the last few weeks: it’s a tribute to you and what I think of when I listen to Redstep. The song has a tribal feel and I imagine you creating crazy beats on some electric bongos in some far-away jungle, and me raging out with the creatures of the forest and those silly pink elephants (although I decided not to include myself in this print). I made a couple of extra prints in case you decide you wanted an original :p

    • Topher

      Is there anyway that you could make another one of these and I could buy it from you. This is an amazing piece of art. Probably my favorite of all time. You can contact me on my facebook 
      http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142956096

  • AlmostFoundMyPath

    Hello I’m actually the person who posted this question. I’d just like to say that through some loans, grants, and money from the federal Perkins scholarship, I was able to attend the Private school I had mentioned before, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I love it here. The culture is very liberal, very accepting, and people challenge my opinions on a daily basis, offering many viewpoints and oppositions to my current field of thinking. I’ve learned to become a much more tolerant and while accepting, argumentative person. I never refuse a chance to debate, sometimes I win, other times I lose, but we both end up learning something in the end.

    My first term in college was extremely difficult, but rewarding. I feel I have learned a great deal about the world around me not just from my classes but from the huge variety of students that attend my college (over 65 different nationalities, in a pop. of 2000). The amount of subjects to study here are so vastly beyond what my mind conceived, much less, what my high school offered, it’s a wonderful place to learn about the world I live in and the my conscious which experiences it. I just wanted to thank you for your advice and say that I’m pursuing my dream. I’m taking fun classes like Theater Lighting, and Intro to Electronic Music, but also classes like Economics, French, and Political Science. Thanks so much for the guidance and help, your words have encouraged me to learn, and take classes in many fields and create an understanding of the world for myself that is more congruent and in tune with reality. There are so many opportunities for me to get involved here, it’s almost overwhelming

    Right now I’m only in the Fire Poi Club, but I hope to get more involved with other activities like the Occupy Portland group, once I improve my study, and academic habits. Just felt like checking in after my first finals (which were hard but fairly OK) considering you gave such wonderful advice. So grateful for my chance to attend this wonderful institution and cant wait to put the education I’ve developed here to use in the real world.

    Thank You Lorin,
    -The Grateful Fan

    • http://www.bassnectar.net Ed Basscrew

      Great to hear your news! Thanks for coming back and updating us, and many congrats on your scholarship and studies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sara.viemeister Sara Viemeister

      Way to represent Oregon!!!!!!!!!!!! I work financial aid, and what you did was the right thing…Don’t give up! There are always scholarships out there. I highly agree with Lorin about taking some social science classes. Nothing opens your mind more than to learn about the people, cultures, and societies this world has to offer. I hope you reach your dreams and put on some kick ass shows. My academic adviser gave me some great advice: Always start with the end in mind. This will save you a LOT of money when it comes to college. Awesome question. Awesome answers. Hope you’re going to enjoy the Nectar of the Lorin gods on 10/26. I am going to be there. WOOOOOO

  • Abram Bebo

    Perfectly worded Lorin! I am inspired to continue my own personal journey of self recognition, reading this converged my thoughts into a clear unity of purpose. Thank You!

  • Kendrick C7

    Awesome topic!

  • CHARGE’YA

    There is a person who can share their experiences,
    Thank you Lorin!
    From Small country – Latvia

  • Timmay

    Hey bro…your cooler than the fillmore…you gotta get that ass up in the Lansing Center..Wobble Wobble