Driving the Tour Bus – Doing what is Beyond Your Job Description
by Kurt Aschliman
On the road there are days that feel like they contained more than the standard twenty four hours. As if somewhere along the line you pushed a pause button, stopping the cosmos in its tracks and stealing a few extra hours.
Today was that kind of day for me.
Waking up at 7:30 this morning I began the day reading from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Reading something intellectually challenging somehow calms and focuses me. This set the tone for the day and I feel it to be one of the most productive I’ve had in a while. What is astonishing to me upon review is the number of different jobs I did and just how different they really are.
1. Audio Engineer – Worked on production information for the fall tour.
2. Road Manager – Planned and coordinated bus departure from Nashville amongst many other smaller duties.
3. Merchandise Manager – Ordered new bracelets and guitar picks.
4. Web Developer – Specified tasks for a project and worked on further development of my own website.
5. Financial Manager – This one is a stretch, but I made the deposit for the band.
And finally (and probably the most obscure in this list)
6. Bus Driver – Yep, I drove the 65′ total length bus and trailer from Nashville to West Memphis.
It’s that final job that brings me to the point of this writing:
When your job happens to also be something in which you strongly believe, you will find ways to increase the number of job titles you have.
I’m not saying that I joyfully take on all these jobs because they are easy and I just love doing them. There are only a few that are not done out of necessity, and from those necessary, few of those are actually a part of my job description. Simply put, in the Christian music industry you are not always going to get paid what you’re worth for all that you might do for a band. Often times the work you do will even go unnoticed and at times that can be terribly discouraging. But the peace that comes from knowing you’re where you’re supposed to be is second to nothing in the work world and is something of which most people only dream.
So here’s my takeaway:
Find what you love to do and simply do it. Deal with the unpleasant tasks quickly to get on to doing those which you love. Cherish what you have, because as with any dream job, especially one on the road with a band, there’s always going to be a line of people who would want your job in a heartbeat.
So follow your heart and drive the bus if you must.