If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty inspired by Chase Rice and the way he has been able to overcome intense obstacles to achieve his dream of being a musician. At Snagajob, we’re all about helping you pursue your passions, whether that be working your ideal job, affording that dream vacation or sharing your talent with the world.
What makes Chase’s story so motivational is how he kept pushing through life’s roadblocks. Before music came into the picture he was a top football player at the University of North Carolina. His dream was to play in the NFL and it seemed like he was on track to make that happen. Then, in his junior year, he became injured. He was able to come back and play his senior year, but he wasn’t the same player as before. While working through the disappointment of realizing a football career wouldn’t happen his father passed away.
While all of this was happening Chase came up with a motto, “Head down, eyes up.” This was his way of telling himself to just keep going, to push through. After graduating from college, Chase went on to work for a NASCAR pit crew. He admits that it was an awesome job and he knew how lucky he was, but that he wasn’t happy. This will happen when you’re not going after something you’re passionate about, and for Chase that was music.
He left NASCAR and moved to Nashville to go after his musical dreams. But, was met with a lot of “nos” and skepticism. In the end, Chase knew that music was what he was meant to do and with his “head down and eyes up” he created his own opportunities and soon amassed a huge fan base. Labels that were originally saying “no” were now saying “yes, please.”
Because Chase did it on his own, he was able to score a deal that let him be the artist he wants to be and play the music he wants to play. When life handed Chase lemons, he created a lemonade empire and has been sharing the stage with the biggest stars in country music, has a gold song and is about to release his first album under a major record label.
When life comes at you with obstacles, what’s your motto to keep going?