We live in a complicated, interesting world today where many in the classical music world are wringing their hands because of perceived lack of opportunities for making a successful career, while others (myself included) view our world today as one of tremendous possibility and opportunity.
This is one of the reasons that I am so passionate about teaching musicians how to look at the world as one of opportunity. One of my objectives is to help my students adopt a positive attitude towards their lives and their careers since I believe very strongly that happiness and optimism breed success and not vice-versa!
Optimism is also essential to the mindset of the music entrepreneur of the 21st Century.
In my class, we start by examining the different attitudes that one can bring to a music career. This attitude is formed by past experiences and perceptions and it translates into energy:
• stressful energy for things that make you feel hopeless, fearful, angry, or conflicted or
• motivating energy that makes you feel that you can manage your life, inspires you to keep moving forward, be of service and find opportunity.