“Music making is a never-ceasing process of change and progress.”
–Jacqueline du Pré, cellist
The Musician’s Way, p. 205
We musicians seldom achieve expertise on our own but seek out teachers to inform our growth.
Although teachers can influence us in countless positive ways, it’s crucial for us to forge our own paths and not merely imitate our mentors.
Here are 7 ways that aspiring performers can nurture authenticity and, in the process, cultivate satisfying careers.
7 Ways to Nurture Musical Authenticity & Career Success
1. Build a Distinctive Repertoire
Research repertoire in your discipline, commission and maybe write your own music, and then craft concert programs that set you apart.
2. Develop Performance Opportunities
Perform often to refine your performance skills, foster confidence, and try out your repertoire on listeners.
3. Participate in Festivals & Conferences
Gather diverse views and stay current in your field, refining your artistic vision in the process.
4. Collaborate Beyond Your Comfort Zone
Whether at a festival, in your community, or at school, challenge yourself to explore new genres and creative outlets.
5. Seek Innovative Mentors
6. Gain Income-Earning Abilities
Gather the know-how to be employed in the music industry, uphold a sustainable music career, and pursue entrepreneurial activities – e.g., organize and promote your own concerts, perform gigs, record, build networks, and so forth.
7. Take Smart Risks
Whether you opt to produce your own concerts, enter competitions, try new collaborations, or whatever, seize chances, because risk-taking and artistic success go hand in hand.
“Risk-taking and artistic success go hand in hand.”
See The Musician’s Way for comprehensive guidelines to become the artist you aspire to be.
© 2015 Gerald Klickstein
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