Disobedient Book of the Week: Don’t Keep Your Day Job, by Cathy Heller

Omg, do you guys love how I just totally pretended I was a book critic and made it seem like I review one book a week? Who needs The New York Times when you've got The Middle Finger Project? Neck to neck, y'all. Neck to NECK.

Here's why I'm two-stepping into your inbox on this fine Monday afternoon: I really, really like scrappy, resourceful motherfuckers like C. Money Heller (new nickname), author of the new book, Don't Keep Your Day Job, and think her story will inspire the living night lights out of you.

 

My own personal cliffnotes?

 

Girl goes to L.A. to make it as a songwriter…

Only to realize that there are other ways to earn money with your talents…

By selling your jingles to ad agencies making commercials and TV shows…

Like Pretty Little Liars, The Office and Criminal Minds (all shows her music appeared on)…

Girl receives first check for $100,000…

Then grows annual income from $200,000 to $300,000 a year…

Then starts agency pimping out songwriters and their jingles…

Grows agency to be le huge…

And now has an entire course on how to do this very thing…

Which earned $450,000 its first year…

And now her students are making, for example, $55,000 for having their tunes in a coffee ad…

Or $75,000 for a beer ad. (LOOK WHO PAYS MORE, AHEM.)…

And then she starts a podcast that gets 8 million downloads…

Interviews a bunch of movers and shakers like Bobbi Brown…

And then writes a book with the same name as her podcast: Don't Quit Your Day Job…

Right before her and Ash become best friends forever and they ride off into the sunset in a Bentley.

 

All of which to say: I DIG her story and her ideas. They're very much in line with the philosophy of life we share here at TMF. She doesn't swear as much as me, and she definitely used the words “high vibration” at least once, but I found it was a fair trade off to make for the gems that she drops inside this book.🙂 Gems like:

 

  • We live the lives we’re willing to tolerate.
  • Every day I am witness to lives being built based on what people think they are worth.
  • Most people who are not excited to wake up every day usually do not grasp the breadth and wealth of possibilities.
  • Life is in pencil.
  • You will need the courage to potentially have your heart broken.

 

I think you should get this book. And I think you should order it now. And I think you should read it tomorrow, once it's released.

I have no idea how I didn't know C. Money Heller before, but now that we've been introduced (thanks, Laura!), I have a feeling she is going to regret this.😉

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