Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

Don't Stop Believin'

It's easy to get discouraged.  It's easy to just watch TV all day when you don't have anything that you absolutely have to do, like go into the office for a regular office job.  I did that for several years while I lived in New York.  I was promoted all the way up to supervisor and I was good at my job.  I enjoyed it some of the time, but getting up every day and getting ready to deal with the same difficulties for a job that I did not feel was something I was called to do forever wore on me.  I recognized that I needed to make a big change, and I did.  Now that I'm living in Nashville and trying to make a career out of performing and writing, I have traded my original struggles for a new set of struggles here.  It's easy to be discouraged.  On days when I don't have something specific in place that will make me money, it's easy to be lazy and just watch TV for most of the day.  I can even make excuses about not working on my music or my skills.  But this is my new job.  It means that I have to be even more self-motivated than before.  I have to keep working at what I'm trying to do here and to make sure that I fully believe in myself before I expect other people to believe in me.  Part of that self-belief means that I continue to post videos, write music, and get better at the areas in my playing that I need to improve.  Don't stop.