A Little Self-Interview After A Not-So-Little Hiatus...
Updated: Jul 24, 2022
One-thousand and two days have passed since my last post.
Once I enrolled in graduate school, blogging inevitably fell by the wayside. In all honesty, I'm quite content with the long hiatus, especially since this is just a fun platform for me to channel a different creative outlet outside of the daily rigor. That said, I figured I'd keep this lighthearted with a series of self-interview questions derived from Alyson B. Stanfield's fourth edition of I'd Rather Be In The Studio. If you're an artist in any way, shape, or form: I encourage you to ask yourself these questions as you continue navigating your expressive path!
When is the first time you realized you were an artist?
I think I've had glimmers of artistic recognition but never any feeling that's fully taken over my ego. After recitals in undergraduate schooling were big pivot points. Same with my first series of woodwind doubling gigs after breaking through the threshold of finding steady-enough freelance work.
When someone is viewing your work for the first time, what do you hope they'll see in it? Or, what do you want them to say about your work?
Whether it's coming to a live performance or stumbling upon my awkwardness in a publicly shared audio/visual recording of a flute work... I hope they feel a sense of joy in listening and I hope they hear soul behind each note expressed.
Who are some artists that you admire and why? What is it, specifically, about their work that draws you to it?
Firstly: I admire the works of my close friends and colleagues that are in the same boat (ish) as I with being able to create and share as much as possible in the classical/contemporary idioms. Add educator simultaneous to that and you've got powerhouses doing so much good in our industry that I highly admire. I also like to draw from artists of different outlets, all very much outside the flute world.
What is it like to be an artist in your community?