Dawn Lawrence left the corporate world in 2007, after her contract work through temp agencies ended.
She put her things in storage, packed her bags and went to visit relatives in far-flung places, relatives she hadn't been able to see before because there just wasn't any time, juggling life around her work.
"It was liberating and scary at the same time as I
hadn't done much of the traveling people do after high school in an
effort to 'find themselves' since I was married at a
young age and a mother early," Dawn says. "I found myself doing that in my late
Dawn also spent much time reading. She took up books including Julia
Cameron's The Artist's Way, to coax back the creativity she had put in a time
capsule and buried when I decided I needed to be "practical." She took up classes that encouraged her to try new things, or to rediscover her passions.
She started thinking about singing, something she had given up by the time she was 20. Before that, singing had always been a big part of her life.
"It had never
occurred to me to tell anyone I was a singer even though I sang in
church at least weekly every year of my life from the age of 10," Dawn says.
So one night she was at O'Maddy's in Gulfport, and decided to try out karaoke. Someone from the bar next door, Gulfport on the Rocks, heard Dawn sing and invited her to sing at their jam nights.
After a couple of times, she was hooked. She started performing at jam nights throughout Tampa Bay. And about a year she started writing songs, too. And then she taught herself to play the guitar.
And then, about a year ago, her first AUDITION with a pro level
band called Crossroads, an Eric Clapton tribute. She was asked to join the band, and her first show was December 2010 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.
'The group of positive, supportive friends who had
encouraged me to dream big (as they did!) were there to cheer us on, up
close to the stage and I can hear them in the videos and see them in the
photos taken of that
night," Dawn says. One of those there that night had a dream of starting a local Internet station dedicated to the arts and focusing on this
area. And that dream, too, is now a reality; RhinoOnAir.com on Central Avenue in St Petersburg.
still have a lot of belongings in storage five years later and may never
live in a place with three bedrooms and garage again." Dawn says. "I drive a car
that is dependable but old. There has been a bankruptcy and
"But I have all I really
need in an apartment with my husband."
These days, Dawn couldn't be happier.
" I have tried a lot of things that
did not pay off and a lot of things
that have taught me valuable lessons but I would have done NONE of this
if my whole life were tangled up in full-time employment for someone
else," she says. "I had been someone who spent home time thinking and worrying
about the job and what would have happened if ...
"Well, a lot DID happen ... and I'm still writing that story."Dawn Lawrence, vocalist, can be contacted through Reverbnation at reverbnation.com/dawnlawrencevocals
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