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MY PARENTS ALWAYS BACKED ME 100%
Pursuing a creative dream takes time, effort – and money. Musician and writer Sam Delich says his parents’ support has always allowed him to follow his passions, but now he wants them to focus on themselves.
Music has always been at the centre of Sam Delich’s life. Ever since he was young, he’s always had eclectic musical tastes, counting Australian superstars Powderfinger and hip-hop artist 50 Cent among his favourites.
Sam’s parents, Tony and Kathleen Delich, supported his love of music by encouraging him to learn an instrument. When he was 9 he began playing the piano, but soon switched to guitar. Then at the age of 12, when Sam and his friends decided to form a band, he became their bass player.
“I had friends who played the guitar or the drums and friends that sang, but no one could play the bass,” he said.
Support and sacrifice
By the time he hit high school, Sam had fallen in love with the tone of the bass and it became his instrument of choice. He was also a keen basketball player, playing matches well into his teens. That meant he had a hectic extracurricular timetable, filled with weekly basketball training, music lessons and band practice.
During those years, Sam’s parents backed him every step of the way. Despite working full time – his father Tony is in real estate and his mother Kathleen is a university lecturer – they were always available to collect him and drive him across Perth to his next commitment.
“There was a lot of back and forth picking me up from school and onto training or band practice,” Sam said. “They sacrificed a lot of time so I could pursue my dreams.”
As well as giving up their time, Tony and Kathleen invested a significant amount of money in Sam’s musical development. His bass and amps cost thousands of dollars and his regular lessons also added up. But they made sure he always had the equipment and instruction he needed.
“They gave me a beautiful new bass one year for Christmas,” Sam explained. “They backed me 100% and said, ‘Whatever your passion is, we’ll help you’.”
While Tony and Kathleen’s support stretched to buying tickets to attend his gigs, they drew the line at letting his high-school band rehearse at their home.
“None of our parents could cope with the drums, so we pooled our savings to hire a cheap studio to jam in,” Sam said.
Now it’s their turn
At the age of 20, Sam moved from Perth to Sydney to continue music and to study his latest passion – creative writing. He’s currently writing a comedy about the hardships faced by millennials living in Sydney – something he’s experienced first-hand ¬– while playing the odd gig around the city.
As a student, Sam has learned to be careful with his money. He’s always followed his parents’ example of keeping an eye on his spending, while putting aside some cash to have fun.
Sam’s parents visit Sydney regularly and provide financial help at times, but Sam is confident that he can now manage on his own. And with his parents’ retirement years just around the corner, Sam hopes they’ll now put some of the energy they’ve invested in his dreams into pursuing their own dream of travelling through Europe.
“I just want them to enjoy seeing the world and having time on their hands,” said Sam. “I thank them all the time for their support over the years – but now it’s their turn.”
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