DrumBeat News Vol 9 No 1: Lessons from Julie and Julia

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Julie and Julia is a recently released movie based on two true stories. It depicts events in the early life of Julia Child, famous American chef, author, and TV personality most famous for introducing French cooking to Americans with her massive bestselling cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking (first published in 1961) and the first to host a popular cooking show in 1963. Her life is contrasted with modern day Julie Powell who began a Web Blog documenting her daily effort to cook all 524 recipes in Julia’s famous book in 365 days. What kind of lessons can we as drummers learn from these two women? Plenty!

First, Julia Child was 40 years old before she took her first cooking class in France. Before then she could barely boil water. Nine years later her first and most popular cookbook was released and she was on her way to becoming one of the most famous chefs in history and two years after that she made history by hosting the first cooking show on television. Nearly every week I receive an email from someone, usually in their 40’s or 50’s, asking me whether I think it’s too late for them to start a drumming career. Absolutely not. Take a tip from Julia whose life literally began at 50! And that’s not all. Julia was a huge fan of French cooking who loved and always used real butter and cream in her cooking and never so-called healthy alternatives such as margarine and she lived to the ripe old age of 92 (actually two days short of her 92nd birthday). Her husband, who ate her cooking daily for many decades, lived to the same age. Today there is a ton of proof that eating real butter is actually healthier for you than the alternatives but Julia was way ahead of the game.

That brings us to Julie Powell who, not long ago, was struggling at a menial desk job before she thought starting a Blog based on cooking Julia’s recipes. Today Julie is not only a well-known author but her book was used as the basis of the movie Julie and Julia, which starred one of the world’s greatest living actresses – Meryl Streep. How’s that for a lesson in marketing yourself?

That goes to show you what a tremendously powerful medium the Internet is and I can attest to that myself. I spent nearly a decade traveling the globe with various bands throughout the 70s and didn’t get nearly the notoriety I received from simply getting on the Web. So, regardless of age, if you’re looking to make some noise in this business you can’t go wrong by getting a web presence for yourself. Put up a Web site of your own and sign up for all of the free social sites too. It certainly can’t hurt! And if you haven’t seen the movie Julie and Julia yet, I highly recommend it. Actress Meryl Streep looks and sounds more like Julia than the real Julia!

Until next time – Be Creative, Have fun, Stay Well, and Stay Loose!

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