Keith's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Nashville, TN

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

KEITH STEGALL

Singer/Songwriter/Producer

“I do believe you've got to follow your dreams. If I hadn't done that, I'd probably be a real miserable person.”

INTERESTS:

Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Hobbies & Pastimes Passion Values

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

advice, college professor, dreams, drop out, no shortcut, philosophy, strengths, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in a musical family, so he always associated music with leisure; assumed he couldn't make a career out of it.
  • Throughout most of his schooling, he thought he had his path figured out.
  • Got his bachelor's degree in religion, then went to do a master's degree in divinity, planned to do a doctorate in philosophy of religion.
  • When he entered his master's program, a counselor sat him down and asked about his career goals.
  • Keith told him he planned to graduate, then teach philosophy, but admitted that he wasn't feeling totally passionate about it.
  • Counselor told him the job market for philosophers wasn't great, so if he had any other passions, he should drop out and follow them.
  • Says that's the best advice he ever got; started getting his "dropped class" slips the very next day.
  • Admits that "follow your dreams" is hard advice to give, but really believes that you should take some chances while you're young.

Send us your feedback

(all fields are required)