Advice to my younger self, Bob Deacon: “Be brave”
He’s someone who makes me smile and laugh every time I see him, but this former rugby playing country boy turned big city banker could quite easily have let his creative talents and passion for music and comedy slip by unattended, along with the opportunity to perform for audiences who can’t get enough of his unique, dry sense of humour. Instead, Bob Deacon decided to be brave. In this video he shares some advice which he would give to his younger self and how important it is to have a courageous mindset when breaking away from the conventional.
Bob Deacon, comedian and musician
Growing up in country New South Wales, Bob Deacon was your typical bloke’s bloke. He was a top rugby player, popular among the girls, and spent most weekends playing sports (like rugby league, cricket and swimming club), riding bikes around town and out to the river, water skiing, and visiting his grandparent’s farm.
I danced with his younger sister, Rosie Deacon (also a creative – an artist in fact, whose work been snapped up by the like of Sia). I remember sleep overs at the Deacon’s where we girls would stay up all night belly-laughing at the outrageously random dances we’d choreograph and the improvised comic skits we’d perform. Back then, I would never have guessed the extent of Bob’s incredibly creative and humorous side.
It wasn’t until university that Bob began to pursue his untapped passion for music and comedy alongside a conventional career in finance.
These days, Bob still works in finance but has established a solid career as a Sydney-based, comic, musician and actor. He has performed shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival, acted in around half a dozen fims, web-series, TV shows, and has several theatre and musical theatre credits. Bob is also a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and is usually found playing the guitar, ukulele, harmonica and a little bit of saxophone.
When I asked what advice he would give to his 16-year-old self, this is what he had to say…
Advice to my younger self & takeaway affirmation: “Be brave, be courageous”
I think just about everybody can recall a time in their lives where they felt the pressure (perceived or otherwise) to take the road well travelled. At first, it may seem easier to maintain status quo and continue to try to meet the expectations that others have of you or that you have set for yourself. But that get’s freaking tiring!
We all have our own path to tread. If you have a curiosity, an itch, an ongoing desire to explore something new, follow it and see where it leads. You can choose to turn back, even though nothing will ever be the same. But I challenge you to think of a time when you were brave, when you were courageous – would you go back? Would you change a thing?
Curiosity leads to the discovery of passion, and passion changes everything.
Thank you so much for sharing these words of wisdom, Rob!
(Check out this video of his, which was recorded the same day as the one featured in this post!)