August 18, 2015
I got a day job this summer. The pay was okay. The hours got better once learned how to balance everything. I’m only did this on the side to help make ends meet, but I also had this nagging thought running through my head. “How long will this job go on until this just becomes what I do?” It’s a scary thought. I’m not the only one who has faced this problem, and I’m certainly not the last. It took a while to get over it but I eventually did. This is how I realized that a day job doesn’t have to be this scary thing that derails you from your goals, and in fact, it has the potential to positively influence your art and career.
I knew that this was just a job for the summer until I made the move to New York. I knew that there were going to be better opportunities for me to take once I moved. It was just really unnerving looking ahead at the future and only being able to see a hazy image of what may or may not happen.
After a few weeks of working my day job, I headed off to Kenosha, WI for the Fresh Inc. Festival to work with members of 5th House Ensemble and Stacy Garrop. It was two weeks packed with concerts, lessons, rehearsals, and most importantly, workshops to help us launch our careers as composers, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. By the end of the festival, I got a fresh perspective on what it takes to start new arts ventures, how to establish and develop relationships with potential collaborators, and how the path to success is a roller coaster of both failures and successes. It was a great experience filled with great people.
One of the most impactful things that I got out of the festival was a conversation I had with Herine Coetzee Koschak, the incredible cellist for the 5th House Ensemble who also premiered my most recent work, Torsion.… - Continue Reading -