We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Sather and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The first 2-3 years after taking my career seriously were a blur. I was working extremely long days and hardly taking any time off. I could see all the results of my actions compounding on each other and this helped motivate me to keep pushing at a crazy pace. I don’t think I really knew any balance at all to start, my work and life were basically meshed together. Eventually I started to notice myself burning out. I hadn’t been paying much attention to my health over those years and it started to catch up with me pretty quick. This last year has been a difficult lesson in pulling back a bit from what I love to give myself time to recharge. In a career that depends on being creative, you have to nurture that creativity and sometimes that means stepping away from a project for a little. I think about balance now as having a creative responsibility to my work that depends on the energy I get from taking time to myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I’m really excited and proud of my new media company, Rimshot Media Co., that I recently started to cover the music education productions I make. I’m starting to be able to bring some friends on board with projects and it’s been awesome seeing this grow from just an idea. It’s been a weird path to where I’m at now. Things have seemed to happen organically and flow into each other. I started my creative career fully focused on music. I was gigging constantly, doing some studio sessions, and started to get some cool touring opportunities. During that time I was also getting more into video and started filming and recording videos for friends. My career has since shifted to be mostly video focused. Considering the current pandemic and state of the music industry, this trajectory actually worked out well for me in a sense. It took a little bit of time to accept that I won’t be able to focus as heavily on music for a while, but after I got through that I decided this would be the perfect time to really build up the video side of my career and start pushing Rimshot Media. I wouldn’t say things have been easy, there are constant challenges that I have to figure out. For the most part my stubborn focus on continuing to push forward keeps me going. Even when everything seems to be going wrong and falling apart I try to keep in mind that pain is temporary and an opportunity for growth. As the pandemic eventually eases up I’ll be making an effort to shift back to being mostly music focused and plan on getting back into heavier touring and recording. I’ve become more interested in music engineering/producing and may be starting to explore that in my career as well soon.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m going to pretend the pandemic doesn’t exist in this scenario. First off for all the coffee needed over that week we’d hang out at White Rock Coffee. Deep Ellum would definitely be on the list. Assuming money isn’t an issue we’d stop by Taboo Tattoo, specifically for Tim or Kendall. Probably hit up Cane Rosso or Twisted Root for food. Dots or High & Tight would be the bar hangs. Live music would be a must so Free Man, Three Links, and High & Tight again.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people come to mind, but for the purposes of this question I’ll talk about Doug Bush. Doug is an extremely kind and talented percussionist who writes and teaches for a bunch of schools music programs. He was my private instructor for a year in high school and we ended up linking back up a few years ago. I owe so much of where I’m at to him. The whole video side of my career basically started from him recommending me to film and produce a drumline video for Coppell High School in 2017. We’ve had so many great talks about music and life, he really has been a great mentor and friend to me. So shoutout to Doug and also his awesome wife Patricia!
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