Go Fund Yourself

I recently released my first guest blog with The Portfolio Composer. It’s about making your own opportunities and it’s specific to composers and musicians. You can read it here.

The conversation surrounding how to make it as an artist-¬†5-9, freelance, or something in between- is never ending. It is always changing. It’s also something you don’t do alone. Talk to you friends, colleagues, mentors. Learn what they are doing, how they do it, and what they did.

I am always up for conversation surround this topic. If there is one take home, other than my clever title, here it is:

Don’t sit and wait for opportunities to come. Don’t just apply for competitions and jobs and await your application results.

Get out there, be active, and make things happen on your own terms.

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Talking about Live Streaming

You should be live streaming.

This is why I spent an hour talking with composer Garrett Hope, mastermind behind the Portfolio Composer Podcast, about the subject. Music and video work so well together, and it has never been easier. There is no excuse for not streaming your work.

The podcast discusses some of the technical nature of live streaming from my personal experiences streaming with phones, YouTube, Facebook Live, and Livestream. The podcast, episode 171, is right here. You can also find it on your podcast app.

Here’s an example of my live streaming work for my own compositions:

THE BEST THING EVER

And here’s an example of live streaming through my work at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival:

Zlata Chochieva, Chopin Etudes, Op. 25

I’ll write an in-depth, slightly technical blog about live streaming soon, but in the meantime, enjoy the podcast and feel free to hit me up with questions.