My name is Rhett Shull, and I love what I do for a living.
It's true, I really love my job. I get paid to play guitar, write songs, travel the world, make videos and work with some really amazing people. Working in a creative field full time is a really cool thing, but it wasn't always apparent to me that this was my calling. When I was 12 I heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time, and it changed my life, I didn't know exactly what was going on, but I knew I had to try and do THAT. So, that year my parents bought my first guitar for christmas, and I haven't stopped playing since. I think part of the reason I loved guitar so much was, for the first time I had found a way to express myself, in my own way, which wasn't a constant struggle. I always hated school, I constantly made bad grades and never really excelled at any sports, but when I found the guitar I finally had something that I felt was my own. I didn't know it at the time, but that little red "Starcaster" (it wasn't even a Squier Strat) would lead me down a path I never thought would be possible.
After attending college for a year I realized, with the help of a 0.8 GPA, that a traditional education wasn't the right path for me. So, after a time of soul searching and working several jobs, I enrolled and auditioned at the Atlanta Institute of Music. I walked into that audition fully expecting to fail, I was a totally self taught, unseasoned guitarist, who didn't know his way around even the most basic music theory and so, because of that I went in prepared for a "No". But after 45 stressful minutes with the president of the school I walked out, surprisingly, with a starting date at AIM. For the next 12 months I did little more than eat, sleep and breathe guitar, not only was I practicing for hours a day, I was also being exposed to new musical styles that I had never heard before. I quickly gained an affinity for Jazz and a deeper understanding of the Blues which did more for my playing than practicing scales or sight reading classical tunes ever could have.
Once I graduated school, my education truly began. I started playing in cover bands in seedy dive bars all over Atlanta, as well as modern, polished megachurches simultaneously learning about two very different musical worlds. However, I quickly realized that I didn't want to make a career out of playing other people's music, I wanted to do something that had my name on it, something I could point to and say "I helped build that". Thus began the journey of working with artists on original music, and out of everything I have done so far in my life as a guitar player, writing and playing songs is the most fulfilling thing I can do.
After over 7 years of playing full time I'm happy to be where I am, playing music I dig with people I really enjoy. I've traveled all over North America playing to crowds of every size, and I'm so excited to see where that path is headed. But in the last year I've also realized that I have something more to say, something that I cant express with a guitar, something that is creative, but different than music, and I have found that voice with videography. At the time of writing this, I'm still in that early stage of learning where things are exciting. Every time I pick up my camera I feel myself progressing, every time I edit something I do it a little faster, and every time I publish a video I'm more happy with the final result. But what really keeps me interested is the way an image can evoke a feeling in someone, it can capture a moment in time and preserve it forever... Alot like a song.
I love what I do. And as long as I can, I'll keep doing what I love, because the way I see it, I can't really do anything else.