Let me tell you a story.
For those of you who don’t know, this is Joe Dragich. He happens to be one of my best friends and honestly, blood couldn’t make us any closer. For years I have experienced first hand Joe’s emotional, physical, and mental turbulence pertaining to chasing his dreams of becoming a successful musician. I’ve heard it all.
“I want to quit”
“I think it’s time for me to hang it up”
“I think I’m gonna move back home”
“I don’t know if I can do this anymore josh”
“I honestly don’t even feel like living, I’m so depressed”
Joe has been so transparent and vulnerable with me over the years and every time we have one of our catch-ups, I do my best to make sure he knows how fucking talented he is and that no matter how hard things may seem right now, it WILL get better.
I’ve always told him, even after breaking down multiple times on tour, playing in front of only the venue staff, and reaching dead end after dead end after dead end...”trust me dude. Trust me and believe me when I say that you have to trust the process, you’re right there, and I believe in you, we’re gonna look back on this when you’re doing the damn thing and laugh about how you thought you were actually gonna give this up.”
Well, that day has come and neither of us are laughing, were crying actually. The reality has set in and I can confidently say that you’ve fucking made it dude.
Blood couldn’t make us any closer, and I couldn’t be more proud of your persistence, dedication, and resilience in the 5 years I’ve known you.
The last show of your first major tour and I was lucky enough to capture it.
This is a milestone for both of us and a testament to what it means to really chase your dreams.
Seeing the look in your eyes knowing you’re living your best fucking life really shakes me up..
You motivate me to chase mine even harder and I thank you for that.
Love you Franz. #bevulnerable