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Your Life Calling With Jane Pauley

Rediscovering a Passion for Music

Catch up on Jane's recent online chat with guests Elizabeth Craig and Robert Rudolph

Today's participants:

Jane Pauley, AARP's "Your Life Calling" Ambassador

Elizabeth Craig, master career development professional

Robert Rudolph, church choir director and former mortgage broker

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This transcript has been edited for clarity.

Jane Pauley: Hello everyone! Thanks for joining us. I hope you were inspired by our TODAY Show segment this morning featuring Robert Rudolph. Robert’s been passionate about music since he was very young, but when it came time to choose a career, he felt the pressure – from both his family and society at large – to make money the deciding factor in this choice.

Later in his life, he decided his passion was so strong that he’d give up his financial luxuries in order to pursue it. Many of us have similar artistic passions, but it’s daunting to figure out how to reconcile them with the economic realities of everyday life.

My guest this afternoon, Elizabeth Craig, is a Master Career Development Professional who has a lot of experience talking to people about this subject. She’s here today to discuss the practicalities of following your artistic dreams and how you can find fulfillment by getting in touch with your creative side. Welcome, Elizabeth! Thanks for joining us.

And we’ve also got Robert Rudolph himself with us this afternoon. Hello, Robert! Great to have you here. Let's get started!

Elizabeth Craig: Hi Jane. Thank you for the terrific segment with Robert on the TODAY Show! I am happy to join you as you host this valuable live web chat discussion for those interested in reinventing themselves to find personal and career fulfillment in their own lives.
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