Career Strategy: When does your art become a hobby?

The movie Moneyball is solidly on my list of top ten baseball movies of all time (behind Field of Dreams, and The Natural, of course) One of my favorite quotes in the movie comes when a baseball scout talks to Billy Beane about the moment a baseball player is told to hang up their uniform. Here’s the clip fromContinue reading “Career Strategy: When does your art become a hobby?”

What is an hour of your time actually worth from a Work Life Balance Perspective?

It’s a funny thing, time. We never seem to have enough of it, especially when pursuing an art form that is defined by a fleeting moment in our lives. One minute we’re on stage pouring our heart out for an audience, the next, we’re on the way home, thinking about the next performance. Our workContinue reading “What is an hour of your time actually worth from a Work Life Balance Perspective?”

Financial Stability: What is an hour of your time actually worth?

One of the biggest challenges you will face as an artist is attaining financial stability. It is very possible to find financial stability, but nobody seems to share strategies for thinking about how you go about developing a sustainable career. The Challenge I get it. I know that quite often, you find ourself taking workContinue reading “Financial Stability: What is an hour of your time actually worth?”

Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part II. The Inception of a Good Idea.

Now that you’ve taken a little time for self-exploration, the challenge becomes this: What makes an idea a good one? As humans, it’s in our DNA to muse about ways to make the world a better place. Some of us are even driven to take the step towards developing that idea into a new ensemble,Continue reading “Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part II. The Inception of a Good Idea.”

Thoughts on launching a successful private lesson studio.

Here’s a question I received last week: Hi Nate, I’m moving to a new city and I’d like to quickly recruit 5-10 students into my private clarinet studio.  What suggestions do you have for getting started? Here is my process for launching a private studio in a new town: Be committed to teaching—The most importantContinue reading “Thoughts on launching a successful private lesson studio.”