Out & About

Here is where my passions for music and writing intersect

Floco Torres entertains the crowd.
Floco Torres entertains the crowd. Special to The Telegraph

We’re nearing the halfway point of the year, and I hope 2016 has been everything you’ve wanted it to be. We’re dealt obstacles every day of our lives — and this year has been no different — but I try to remind myself that everything works out the way it is supposed to.

When I was in college (before I started pursuing a career in music), my journalism professor told us that we should look into other fields as a Plan A. He told us that personal blogs were the future and that print was experiencing a slow and painful death. I took his advice and changed my major, which soon led to me dropping out of college.

My passion for writing stood strong; it just translated into music somehow. I still tried to use everything I learned in those few semesters when writing music because I still had this idea that I could make both work. (Little did I know at the time that freelance writing and pursuing music isn’t a new idea at all!)

When I started writing for The Telegraph a few years ago, I remember trying to reach out to that professor from college who told us we couldn’t do it. I even had an article published in one of my favorite magazines, Urban Cusp Magazine.

I’ve gotten compliments and support from people I’ve never met, and usually they know me more for these columns than they do for my music — hahaha!

I feel like I tell this story a lot, but it’s just to remind us all that we’re trained to think our dreams have to unfold in one specific way. If you step outside of yourself and unplug from the noise for five minutes, you’ll realize that you may have already done more than you set out to do.

With that being said, this will be my last article for The Telegraph. I’m thankful to my editor Renee Martinez for letting me write what I wanted during my time here. Thanks to all the readers and, if nothing else, I hope I’ve shed some light through a different perspective. You can keep up with all my other endeavors at FlocoTorres.com.

Floco Torres is an artist/songwriter. Contact him at flocotorres@gmail.com.